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Post# 394356   7/4/2018 at 19:42 by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Hi all~
Was cleaning out my storage and unboxed a forgotten item today...thought you'd like seeing pics. I stashed it away at least 15 years ago, funny what you forget about having! I sure would like to find a hose for this. I bought it without one, simply because there was no way I could leave this machine behind for god-knows-who to grab. You just have to rescue some things, right?!?!? Anyway, this runs BEAUTIFULLY and quiet, as well. I never fail to be impressed by it's ability to float, even on my tile flooring (several I've been around don't do so well on those surfaces, but this one sure does!).

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Post# 394357 , Reply# 1   7/4/2018 at 20:05 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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For the hose try ebay under vintage vacuum

Post# 394367 , Reply# 2   7/5/2018 at 05:08 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

That looks like a beautiful Constellation!
Thank you for rescuing it!

I hope you're able to find the correct hose and tools to make it complete!


Post# 394427 , Reply# 3   7/5/2018 at 22:24 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Isn't it a WONDERFUL

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Love it ! Congrats on a stellar piece of your collection.

Post# 394457 , Reply# 4   7/6/2018 at 20:08 by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Thanks all. I'll be diligent about the hunt for the proper hose...but for now--miracle of miracles, this hose actually works! It doesn't fit the Hoover telescopic wands, obviously, but meet Connie Mc Franken-Miele in the pic below. Yep--the hose from my Miele S246i/Naturelle actually does fit and work with only very minor suction loss/seepage. Easily sortable...

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Post# 394600 , Reply# 5   7/10/2018 at 00:04 by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
Partial hose find!

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Today I picked up a Constellation 454, with its original off-white elbow connector (and non-original clear hose). Stripped all the ugly aftermarket stuff off and reconfigured with a new, closer-to-original style hose. It's still going to need an aluminum angled tube and hosegrip, but at least I have something fairly close to correct for sharing between the two vacs!

Post# 394614 , Reply# 6   7/10/2018 at 06:27 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Good deal!

I saw your other post with the pictures of the 454.

Another beautiful Constellation!


Post# 394618 , Reply# 7   7/10/2018 at 08:49 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Superlative "sweeper". lolo

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A Miele hose?? ?? ?? ?? Call 911 !
Luckily, you're finding correct couplings, etc. If you needed a Hoover connector, I believe I have one. Thank God it's returning to its original state.

Post# 396896 , Reply# 8   8/17/2018 at 18:44 by jason60 (Lichfield staffordshire)        
improve floatation

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Nice hoover, you can improve floatation on hard surfaces by attaching a ring of felt around the ring of the skirt (using double sided tap), leaving a little overhang on the insided circle. This acts as a skirt similar to a hover craft. I tried this, and my connie 862 just ran away all over the place even on uneven surfaces. However this does not work on carpet as the felt grabs. but hey why have just one connie when you can have several.


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