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Plano TX Kirby Service Center closing Nov 2019
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Post# 402655   12/15/2018 at 20:17 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I got the sad news of this a few days back when I had stopped in for some parts. The owner, now 70, has decided to retire from over 40 years of servicing Kirby vacuums. The shopping center he is at is drastically raising leases and his is up at the end of November 2019. He is also an artist with a studio in Plano, and has decide to devote more time to his art.
There is no plans for him to sell the vac business so who know where one will go for expert, honest Kirby service and for parts.
With that being said, if you are in need of service and are in the Dallas area, you have almost one more year to get it done.

He has already started to liquidate his large stock of old parts units and complete working vacs.
When I was there, 4 classics, 1 Omega, and one Classic III were all available for $25 each. They had new belts, washed bags, and guaranteed to work. These would be excellent resto candidates.
For higher cost, there were many G-series, some pre-war machines, quite a few 5xx units, a gold G5, and a gold Heritage as well. Prices were reasonable, even for the rare vacs.

The parts units come with working motor units, a nozzle, maybe a brush roll, and a handle. No emtors, bags, or cords. They are $10 each and guaranteed to work. For $100, you could pick 20 of them. I am sure he will deal with you for QTYs in between. Models included lots of Heritage, Heritage II (many with small nozzles), Classic, Classic III, Tradition, and a few Omegas. Whatever units that do not sell would be recycled, and we certainly do not want thatÖ I estimate there were about 70 parts units available.
There a couple dozen or more complete sets stored away that will be $25 and up, including 3 D80s, a few 5xx (some with black wheels and trim), and more.

Then there are the PARTS! Tons of new & used parts and NOS parts. Tradition headlight caps with locks and discreet lock knobs are available. Attachment sets for random vacs, too. Too much to list.

I am posting this to not only help the owner, but to help our Kirby community here in the Dallas area. If you wanted a low cost Kirby that is guaranteed to work, or want a good resto candidate, here is your chance. But do not wait long...
If you are passing through the area or visiting, go home with a Kirby!

Shop is located at Parker road and Custer in Plano, TX. Google it for hours and phone number. He says he would consider shipping some stuff, but appropriate charges would be required and could be costly when packed right.

They will be greatly missed but some times one just has to enjoy the retired life!

Post# 402667 , Reply# 1   12/16/2018 at 02:50 by Gj3476 (Prosper,TX)        

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Oh man thatís sad. Iíve been there like 2 times this year. I hope he has a D80 and the 500 series.

Post# 402680 , Reply# 2   12/16/2018 at 11:37 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I do hope either you or Gabriel can walk away with some of this stuff (those machines they have that you or Gabriel don't yet) the day they start clearing out.


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Post# 402689 , Reply# 3   12/16/2018 at 16:32 by broomvac (N/A)        

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I had no idea Kirby ever made a gold Heritage or a gold G5. Would be very curious to see a pic.

Post# 402691 , Reply# 4   12/16/2018 at 17:03 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

Do you suppose Service Manuals would become available too?

Post# 402699 , Reply# 5   12/16/2018 at 18:12 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Thanks for the heads up. I wonder if he takes PayPal. I'm going to call an inquire about a few things.

Post# 402700 , Reply# 6   12/16/2018 at 18:16 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I had an opportunity to buy a gold heritage 2 for $200. It was a year ago in Florida. The lady's husband or ex husbands father won it for being top seller. I was about to pull the trigger but a original 505 for $150 became available. I couldn't buy both. I chose my dream vacuum but I wish I could have bought it. If not just turn around and sell it for profit.

Post# 402709 , Reply# 7   12/16/2018 at 19:52 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Below are my replies in the order they were receivedÖ :o)

He does have 2 or 3 D80s stowed in boxes, as well as several 5xx series units in boxes and several on the floor for sale now. I would not wait if you really want them, and he will make you a deal on multiples.

He has starting cleaning out a few years ago and I knew about his collection then. All the old vacs and parts units are for sale now, but the stuff he needs to still run the business will not be for sale until maybe October or November for sure. All the furniture will go as well.
The prices he has on this stuff is more than fair and I know he will deal. For me, the money is not an issue at all, but unfortunately time and SPACE are my issues. I really wanted that $25 Classic III, but I have no place to put it and very little time to restore it. I have had other projects lined up since last year. Also I plan to move in 5 years so I need to do my best to control my collecting (easier said than done!)

The gold anodized units were special units given out to top performing Kirby sellers. I think he has 500 on each of those (on the G5 for sure), but they are in very good condition and probably were never used for routine use.

Service manuals might be available, but most likely later closer to closing time. He may need those for now.

If I was offered a gold unit for 200 I would have jumped all over it (even if no space)!

Post# 402710 , Reply# 8   12/16/2018 at 19:58 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Please do try to take home whatever service manuals he might have when it does get to closing time for this place.


Post# 402717 , Reply# 9   12/16/2018 at 21:36 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I have a list I'm going to provide.
2c 3c 4c full system w bag
505 floor polisher attachments vacuum if doable but a bag, cord handle top the list
508 attachments manual if possible ,cord handle and bag
505-512 bags handles cords 510 emtor w black sweet Aire black cap
Black grey pre 560 red , wide green wheels
560 attachments w hose
S7 d50 hose and attachments
Full d50 d80 vacuum
Classic coil.
Tradition coil
Any bags but mainly ones w zippers.
A tradition attachment set
A heritage 213 inch nozzle w rug rennovator and turbo accessories
G6 shampoo system
Green d80 hose
If any 2 prong 50 good cords
The odd sanatronic cord w red tips
Bearings and bearing plates for ,d80
519 single speed coil maybe motor
Any g series hose w no couplers
Washers for black wheels

It's a big order but I got permission to spend some good money.
I don't know if you talk to him but I got number will be calling tommorow

Post# 402719 , Reply# 10   12/16/2018 at 22:03 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I will try to hit him up on the manuals mid next year or so. If I get me hands on one or some, I will let you know. I have completely torn down and rebuilt 5 units of all eras without manuals, so I doubt I will need them.

That is quite a list you have. I do not talk to him regularly and I do not go there often. You will need to call him for details and stock qustions. Ask if he would ship, first. I DO know that he did NOT have any D50 parts units or complete units when I was there - I had already checked as I would be willing to get one... Now that does not mean one may get traded in tomorrow...
He DID have an xC unit - cannot remember the number though - could be 3C... It is in the front window of the shop - very sweet machine with a very old bag and narrow emtor. Beautiful old machine...

To all - one word on the very old parts (5xx and earlier):
He knows what he has and will not sell it too cheap. He says he may take that stuff with him to sell on ebay if needed. He will give a good deal but will not give it away.

Post# 402739 , Reply# 11   12/17/2018 at 03:06 by gregvacs28 (Minnesota)        

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I wouldn't get so antsy. lol
No doubt you'll be finding lots of these vacs in the very near future.

I can't tell you how many I've seen in the scrap metal bins. A landlord friend has an old one from the 60-s or 70-s he uses for cleaning hallways. It's horribly loud.
Why don't you get rid of that beast, I asked. "that was my mothers..... memories, yadda yadda"

Post# 402744 , Reply# 12   12/17/2018 at 04:39 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'm thinking window machine is not possible. Really early 500 parts hoses and motor parts and carbon brushes. If he's reasonable a 13" machine is perhaps on list.

Post# 402745 , Reply# 13   12/17/2018 at 07:33 by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

I may be interested in seeing if I can get a deal on a pre war machine or an early 500.

Post# 402765 , Reply# 14   12/17/2018 at 18:26 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I talked to him today. He is a very nice guy. What was thought to be 13" nozzle is not what we thought no small nozzles.
I got I believe last d80, classic, Omega,classic 3, tradition and 2 heritage bags. Each unit was $10 and 2 bags were $45.
The pre war machine I believe is a 1c. It's $500. I thought about getting it. My wife would kill me. I'll be in about $200 but I have bags handles and cords for all the vacuums. $10 a unit. A working unit from a person who works on and for Kirby. Nothing earlier than classic. There Rock solid vacuums
If he got golden g5 or g6 he must be a good sales person. He was willing to talk. I would have talked longer but I was on break at work.
Thanks for heads up texaskirbyguy$10 bucks for a Kirby sold. He is making sure they work before he sells or ships. I'm paying with credit card over the phone. Really nice guy.

Post# 402772 , Reply# 15   12/17/2018 at 19:03 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Speaking of gold Kirbys, the Golden Trophy edition of the Tradition was another. But unlike all the gold Kirbys I know of that followed (which had their respective primary trim colors intact), the trim color on this one was identical to the Classic Omega's.


Post# 402774 , Reply# 16   12/17/2018 at 19:15 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I seen that not too long ago. You couldn't tell what it was only by looking at the nozzle.

Post# 402779 , Reply# 17   12/17/2018 at 22:09 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Glad you got yourself some deals. Just remember the parts units will not be pretty, but some body work will get them there. Hope they are packed well to make the trip.
Yes, he is a swell guy - biggest reason why I am willing to help him out. Also happy help out the collectors, too!

Post# 402796 , Reply# 18   12/18/2018 at 08:29 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Most the vacuums don't need pretty big body bodies are easy to clean

Post# 402813 , Reply# 19   12/18/2018 at 14:38 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I got 3 machines last time I was down there ( blue trimmed Ds50, omega, tradition) but there is some work involved. Before that time, I got a DS50, 518, and thought about the Traditions he had...but I have so many already. He's got the 'gold' plated award G5 and Heritage II but wants way too much $ for them ( he thinks they are 'new' but they aren't, I looked at the brush roll and emptor)....the HII has a touch of color loss on the headlight cover.

He's a swell guy, nice, and appreciates we who like older models. Those early machines he has , priced around 400-500$ fyi.

Post# 402823 , Reply# 20   12/18/2018 at 19:36 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I do agree that those rare models are carrying a high price. However, they do not come around often, and are priced better than a lot of ebay ones. And as he gets closer to closing, he may take a bit less for certain machines.

Post# 402862 , Reply# 21   12/19/2018 at 22:23 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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High price not even close. $500 for a model c and same for gold g5 or g6 that's fair. Alot fairer than eBay.
I tried calling back same day phones was busy.
I had alot going on. I'll call tommorow to finish up everything.

Post# 402871 , Reply# 22   12/20/2018 at 10:29 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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wow if you think $500 for a G5 or Heritage that is plated gold color and not perfect or new(just an 'award' Kirby), more power to you ....cuz no one is paying that price for those. Here's some pics of them for those who've never seen these types.

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Post# 402872 , Reply# 23   12/20/2018 at 11:04 by bnsd60m9200 (Ponder,TX)        
rivstg1 is right

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is gold colored annodized aluminum, not unlike how the process for electroplating chrome goes. if you scratch it even slighty, the aluminum color shows underneath. and no, those arent worth 500$ each. on ebay gold kirbys usually sell for $250-300. thats sale price , not list price.

Post# 402881 , Reply# 24   12/20/2018 at 16:16 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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That golden Heritage II really does look nice!


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Post# 402929 , Reply# 25   12/21/2018 at 22:06 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I agree, was bummed that he mistakenly tried to clean a small area on the top headlight, and gold came off. But, I agree, I LIKE it! I had a chance at a Tradition model here locally couple months ago, but it sold too quickly. @ $100

Post# 402933 , Reply# 26   12/21/2018 at 23:03 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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If you buy a good condition g series. Say Chicago Mike. It's over $500.
I'm not saying there as nice as Mike's but more rare and collectable. So $500 all considering it's reasonable.
The 1c for $500 I think it's worth it but if I'm spending cash I'm going vacuette or Scott fetzer sanitation.

Post# 406448 , Reply# 27   3/8/2019 at 18:09 by Gj3476 (Prosper,TX)        

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Hi TexasKirbyGuy! Do you if they have any spare Heritage II mini emptors? Because Iím planning on converting my Kirbys 517,Classic 1CR, Omega, and III by using hepa bags. Thanks!

Post# 406453 , Reply# 28   3/8/2019 at 20:49 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

You can call and ask, but I doubt it. I had asked him a couple years back and he only had a couple expensive new ones. I ended up buying a complete used but running junker for $40.
His parts units mostly excluded bags (they were discarded long ago to prevent them from being turned into rat nest material in storage.)
But call anyway in case a customer traded in an old unit good only for parts.

Post# 406549 , Reply# 29   3/10/2019 at 23:34 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I didn't see any last I was there....he's taken most of his spare parts....and tried to build machines out of them....for better or for worse....( many of the prices on older pieced together machines (pre1955) I thought was ridiculously expensive. I bought several machines and parts and negotiated down to a reasonable amount.  fyi

Post# 406550 , Reply# 30   3/11/2019 at 00:13 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Do you or does anybody know

what model was currently running when they started the reward program with the gold plating or around what year? I was just thinking how sharp a 500 series or the DS 50/80 would look in gold and trimmed in either dark brown or black. Thanks, Billy

Post# 406557 , Reply# 31   3/11/2019 at 12:18 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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The Tradition model is the earliest model I've ever seen that was gold plated and was an award for sales to particular people.

Post# 406638 , Reply# 32   3/13/2019 at 15:14 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
The only Gold trophy Kirby I ever saw

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Was awarded to Tommy Baird (of Baird Meter fame) in Springfield, IL.  This was during the Tradition run, and he and his office were selling a ton of them.



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