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Plano TX Kirby Service Center closing Nov 2019
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Post# 402655   12/15/2018 at 20:17 (184 days old) 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 that… 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 (184 days old) by Gj3476 (Prosper,TX)        

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Oh man that’s sad. I’ve 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 (184 days old) 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 (184 days old) 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 (183 days old) by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

Do you suppose Service Manuals would become available too?

Post# 402699 , Reply# 5   12/16/2018 at 18:12 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Below are my replies in the order they were received… :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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (183 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (182 days old) 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 (181 days old) 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 (180 days old) 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 (180 days old) 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 (180 days old) 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 (180 days old) 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 I’m 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.



Post# 407891 , Reply# 33   4/10/2019 at 20:46 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Another visit, another project, and a shop for sale...

So my neighbor wanted an older Kirby with a shake-out bag to use on his outdoor patio carpet. Small tree waste will not blow, sweep, or vacuum without a beater brush.
I was in the area of the Plano Kirby shop and stopped in to see what could be had.

There were about 7 Classic IIIs, 4-6 Classics and Omegas, all for 25 each.
There was a complete working and restorable D80 for 75, including some matching attachments. A part unit D80 was behind it for 25 more or maybe less.
There were about 6 Heritage units for 75 each and many G series, which I did not look at.
There were a few 40s and 50's units, some complete and some not. There is a 505 with black trim and unoriginal bag for 200.
The Gold Heritage remains and the gold G5 has been sold for asking price. I am quite tempted to get the Heritage........
He has some good used and NOS bags and bumper trim for many models.
There is a like-new attachment & shampoor set for the Omega, including original boxes and big shipping box for $50.

The owner is wheeling and dealing on package purchases. I planned on one vac and a spare lid lock mechanism for my Tradition. However he knew I really liked the red Classic III. Therefore I got two complete running Classic IIIs, his only chrome zip brush (that I always wanted to have), the NOS Tradition lock mechanism, a used handle pin tube, a 505 hose coupler, and a junk tranny that I could take apart to analyze before tearing into that of my G6. Total bill was just over 50 bucks. I forgot some other items so may go back soon.
I did not have my camera with me or I would have got pictures. I will do so next time.

Anyone want to buy the business??? He is contemplating it to not only have the place live on and inventory remain, but to serve Kirby owners in the area. I am sure many new ones are sold in this metroplex. Kirby service centers are just far and in between. He plans to really look into this come summer, and plans to ask the factory for some advice also.
It would be way cool if someone on here buys it. That place is a true playground.

So my neighbor gets one machine and I get the other. Geez, another resto project for fall!

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Post# 407896 , Reply# 34   4/10/2019 at 21:17 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I feel bad I called him. I was going to buy a few vacuums off him. Then a week before Christmas I got laid off and money was scarce. His attachments are over priced.
I may call again as I have some money. I'd be interested in older Kirby's.
The complete d80 for $75 needing restored is over priced.
He did seem reasonable on items. He was really friendly. I wonder if a 3c parts machine is in his inventory.
Does he have his 2c 3c or whatever model in window for sale. He was asking $400 I was considering but I'd want eeze vacuette or model r. I may have to call him.

Post# 407905 , Reply# 35   4/11/2019 at 00:14 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Very nice haul! Which of the two do you plan to keep?

Post# 407920 , Reply# 36   4/11/2019 at 05:57 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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That is cool you wound up buying two Classic IIIs!


Post# 407922 , Reply# 37   4/11/2019 at 10:26 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's sad to hear of a revered vac shop

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closing. But, I think it is very nice and honorable for YOU to make this know to our members. You're giving all of the Kirby folks an opportunity to get items, parts, service, etc.
That is very kind.

Post# 407941 , Reply# 38   4/11/2019 at 21:15 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

He mentioned you when I was there. I am sure he would understand if he knew the situation. 75 is asking price on the D80. He might toss in the parts unit also for that. That is his last complete one. He is negotiable but will not give it away. I plan to go back there next week or the week after, as I need some stuff I forgot plus some resto parts for this and a D50 project. Make me a list of what vacs you want and I will inquire. I DO plan on remembering my camera, too! In fact he invited me to take some pictures to post here.

I kept the one on the left. Why? Read on and find out! :o)

I figured you would get a kick out of this! As I said, I had no intention on getting myself one. But for the price, and my liking of the color, I could not resist. The size of the pickup bed can really get me in trouble if I am not careful...

This is the least I can do for him and collectors everywhere. To say he is nice is a serious understatement; his reviews support this. I found him more as a friend than just a shopkeeper. Even if he sells the shop, the new owner may not want a hundred old vacuums and they may all be scrapped or put on ebay for crazy prices. These machines are easy to work on and restore, and the prices are right – perfect for hobbyists! Come to think of it there was an old two-tone brown Hoover in there, as well as an old Sanitaire.

SO – what does 20 bucks get you?
As advertised, a complete working vacuum. Colors may mismatch, parts may be unoriginal or bojack, but they do what a vacuum should do - suck.
The owner DID let me swap around some parts, like cords and bag assemblies to get an original looking machine. In fact he was ready to swap bag toppers, emptor bottoms and bag guards, but I would not let him go that far. It was 6pm after all and the cool shop dog was reminding us it is closing time!

Today I broke them down, took the rear covers off and inspected both machines to get an idea of exactly what I got.

The RIGHT one (casting dates of 1978):
A trained eye will be able to point out that the bag on this one is not original, but almost new replacement. The color is redder and the plaid is different.
It also has some stickers from this shop, one being his 40 year anniversary in 2008! I really liked these items, but not for an all-original vac like I want. Therefore this was to be my neighbor’s. After some disassembly and brushing and blowing out lots of fine dust, I noticed many more irregularities about this machine, indicating some replacement parts…
The emtor bottom lacked the metal bottom clamp (is plastic) and rivet at the release lever. It has a thick felt gasket that prevents it from closing easily. The nozzle’s suction release dial is white and has a replacement ball-bearing brush roll. Unit has a plastic fan with a too-long fan shaft that damaged the lens. Safety switch has been bypassed and runs in low speed mode. Current draw is 4A, which is kinda low for this model...
The good:
Newish bag.
Cleaned up easily, could really shine with a wash and polish.
Commutator bars had practically no groove and looked normal.
Carbon brushes were about 5/8” long.
No broken or missing parts or hardware.
Runs quite well and did a great job on my neighbor’s 8x12’ outdoor rug. It even gulped down some full size red oak leaves with ease.
The bad:
Front bearing is a bit noisy when turned by hand. No excess noise while running though, and no excess play.
Brush roll is worn – at end of adjustment with 1/8” of bristles left. I will see if he has another good used roller. Wait – I think I have an extra in the garage…
Emtor hard to close but will see if he can trade me for another bottom piece.

The LEFT one (casting dates of 1979):
This one had a used but original bag. I swapped the bag assy with another to get the best looking one. I swapped the cord for an original red one.
This one has labels on it for not using on wet surfaces and the model label on the front of the fan case. This one had all original looking parts. Having a working two speed safety switch, low is 5A and high is 6A, the rating plate spec.
The bag topper looked horrible close up, but I popped it off and washed it with simple green to make it look almost like new again.
The good:
Nice looking metal fan!
Bearings seem tight and quieter in this one.
Commutator bars have next-to-no groove.
Carbon brushes were also about 5/8” long.
No broken or missing parts or hardware.
Sounds stronger than the other one.
Brush roll is sleeve bearing and looks original, but lots of bristle left and good bearings.
Worked very well on my matted garage carpet pieces, even raising the nap on it!
The bad:
Belt is slipping.
Bag had been washed but still lots of animal hair. No smell, thank goodness. Needs a good cleaning. If this bothers you, open the emtors to inspect before buying.
The metal has more damage than the other, but with some sanding and polishing, it will look better. None of those machines lacked scratches.
Nozzle hooks are worn and is a little loose. Gasket is a bit smashed so replacing it may tighten it up some.

For 20 bucks, these were a very good buy. Bags are empty and were quickly washed (or rinsed) to get the worst of the crap out. Motors run and are able to run a long time as-is. (My Omega ran on dry bearings for 10 years until I could not deal with the noise anymore!)
Units were complete with no missing or broken parts.
These had been handled and put together by a Kirby expert.
Try to get this from a thrift store or individual seller at this price!
With mine I plan to do my usual service – new bearings and belt, and maybe a HEPA bag insert. So for another 20 bucks and some labor, I will have another addition to the collection that will last several more decades. .

Note - pictures are after brush 'n' blow cleaning...

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Post# 407947 , Reply# 39   4/11/2019 at 22:28 by broomvac (N/A)        

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I concur with your selection. It certainly seems that the one you kept was more collectible. I'm sure your neighbor is pleased with their Kirby, too!

The smashed nozzle gasket is almost certainly the cause of the loose nozzle. With a new one, I think the play will disappear.

I'm always a fan of vacuum restoration "start-to-finish" stories.

Post# 407949 , Reply# 40   4/11/2019 at 23:34 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The bag I see on your '79 Classic III at present - as you have mentioned - was taken from an older Classic III. If my eyes are trained well, I think the bag looks like the 1st one in the picture I attached (the 3rd one would be what the original '79 bag looked like).


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Post# 407962 , Reply# 41   4/12/2019 at 13:08 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Hey Rob
D80 attachments mainly long green tube. Any vacuum. If he has a 3c or 4c or 505. The other would be a classic. Those are about it.
Thanks alot I may call him shortly.

Post# 407963 , Reply# 42   4/12/2019 at 13:28 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I just called him. He has a 505 and 508 he is sending pics on a bundle would be $300 and I don't know about that price. I may just end up with a classic parts machine and d80 parts machine I don't have a classic 3 but I have had one and I'm not huge as I dislike red but I have a couple traditions. The 2 parts machines may be what I get more than likely. I'm stacked to the brim I could open a Kirby shop. He's friendly guy. He has Omega vacuum o all original all attachments including rug rake. He is asking$50. I have the classic all boxes and attachments so not looking for Omega vacuum. The complete d80 has grey fan. It sounds nice.

Post# 407987 , Reply# 43   4/12/2019 at 19:35 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I called him and rob or texaskirbyguy was there. I bought the 505 508 a 519 and a motor housing for classic. I already have d80s so it worked out. I thought he was high on price then he sent me pics. It has red and white top fill sanatronic style but white Kirby bags. The 505 has everything except cord brush roll and bottom plate. It has a grey original Kirby handle. The 508 has a grey belden replacement cord and a 509 belt lifter and there in really good shape. The handles the cord and black belt lifter make it worth it.
Rob email me asap. I have a question for you.

Post# 407996 , Reply# 44   4/12/2019 at 21:28 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Haul 2...

Haha – that was very coincidental when I walked into the shop today, I heard the owner on the phone talking about what sounded like what Les wanted. Sure enough, it was Les on the phone! I will email you in just a bit – I just came in from outside yard work and washing vacuum parts. For 300 you got a good deal. It might seem high, but consider all those hard-to-find parts. And consider the shipping and packing as well. Good thing you got that 505 as I might have walked out with it!

Ben, good to know about the bags, but now I will have a hard time sleeping tonight… :oP At least it is an original bag. I did not see the later Classic III bags on any of the machines at the shop. A good eye you have! Can you tell if the bag on the other Classic III is a Kirby replacement? It had no tag and has a metal zipper and a thick vinyl hand pocket.

Broomvac, there will eventually be another thread for my Classic III resto. However, it may sound much like the last 4 I have posted… However the colors will be different!

I was not have even supposed to have gone to the shop today, but yesterday I had forgot to get a cherry 6-blade metal fan for my 505. And when I was there, I got more stuff. And the more we rummaged around, I found more! I also got pictures of what he has in the front, too, so those will be coming soon. So today’s haul included:
-- 6-blade metal fan in excellent condition to go in my 505. Its 10 blade metal fan will more to the Tradition which has a plastic.
-- Two NOS nozzle bumpers for DS50, one for my mom and one for mine (that I have not started on yet). Included mounting hardware
-- Two new bearings for my Classic III. The originals seem okay, but while it is torn down, they get changed as I do not know the history of the machine. Cheap insurance!
-- Short fan shaft for my neighbor’s Classic III, is it has the long one for G series that damaged the lens.
-- NOS lens for my Classic III as it has been damaged also. I think this nozzle was from another machine, since the fan on it is metal.
-- Used emtor bottom and brush roll for my neighbor’s Classic III, as they had issues. No charge for these. I will clean them up for him.
-- A hose assembly for my 505 in excellent condition! Well, maybe not from a 505 because it is red, but my machine is red and looks perfect with it. Comes with blower attachment and the front attachment.
-- An attachment bundle for my Classic III. I told myself I did not need them but he gave me a great deal on them. Includes a hose, a floor nozzle, two massage cups, and portable handle all in excellent condition. Also a dusting brush and wide brush in usable but scratched-up condition. For the price I cannot complain!
-- And lastly, a light socket for my DS50 project! Well, it came attached to an old Classic motor unit! It runs, too and comes with a handle! So, for the price of a socket, I get more usable parts. Now if only I had room to store this stuff!!

So total damage report was about 75 clams, more than yesterday. However, I did get some very nice stuff, some for my projects and some for spare parts. The hose and fan for the 505 were today’s Holy grails.

Pictures below of before and after washing. I almost did not want the attachments because they looked so bad. It was amazing at what simple green, water, and some brushes can do!
I think the dirtiness is what turns most people off from buying used stuff. Most of the time, after a good cleaning, things look as good as new, and I love that transformation!

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Post# 408060 , Reply# 45   4/14/2019 at 00:56 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I was the one that got his nice Kirby refurbished 505 in the window and Model C.   


Rob, what was his asking price for the gold g5 and Heritage? $300 each?



Post# 408095 , Reply# 46   4/14/2019 at 20:08 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Inventory pics from April 12 2019

As promised, and per the owner's request, here are some pictures I took when I was there. These are all from the storefront inventory, none are from the hoards in the back.
I did my best to exclude Les' machines from the pictures but I think one (5xx) is visible in the picture of the 7 G-series machines (which has been sold).
The owner is very negotiable in terms of package deals on the old stuff. The more you buy the home you save. New and NOS parts are not discounted yet, as he still needs to run the shop.
Oh - he did have some old fields and armatures on the shelf, too.

The brown Hoover is from 1969 but has bad bearing by the sound of it. The bakelite top has a hole in it.

My neighbor was envious when he saw the hose I came back with on Friday for my machine, so now he wants one too for his. I need a few more things so looks like I will make another trip out there this week.

Kelton, Both of the gold ones are/were 500 each. The G5 sold for that already but the HII remains (for now). I am quite tempted just for the coolness factor........

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Post# 408104 , Reply# 47   4/14/2019 at 21:07 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I got 505 508 519 and a classic motor. He does have Omega through heritage vaccuums. He is willing to work with you too. I was tempted for the d80 but the deal the 505 508 were more appealing.

Post# 408129 , Reply# 48   4/15/2019 at 10:38 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Those pictures make me hungry for more Kirbys!


Post# 408154 , Reply# 49   4/15/2019 at 21:17 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I'll drop by there again next time I"m down there.....sure there'll be something ( parts most likely) that I"ll pick up. I"ve spent too much $ there already haha

wow, I can't believe someone would actually pay $500 for that gold g5....amazing.

Good for you Les, getting some machines you wanted!!!

Post# 408155 , Reply# 50   4/15/2019 at 21:17 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Come on down, Ben, and bring a truck or trailer. He told me if he did get a reasonable offer for all, he would take it!
I will be back over there tomorrow for some more stuff...

Post# 408159 , Reply# 51   4/15/2019 at 21:40 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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He shipped mine today a large shipping sum. The actualtal services delivery charges never ceases to amaze me. I'm glad he made some money. I do wish he lived closer I'd have a hayday. The rebuilt Kirby's have.pre sanatronic rebuilds so pretty close to original. He took care of them. The 519 and d80 bearings sounded good. He said 519 had a bad fan but I have quite a few fans so no big deal. The 505 has no brush roll or cord but I have a cord. The handles are grey and there Kirby manufacturered parts. The grey was color of the vacuums around 1961 the vacuum didn't get sanatronic have job grey rare nice handles. The 508 replacement cord identical to the original. It is grey but identical to original. I do believe grey is original 508 handle trim. The rebuilt was done and good collectible parts put on machine. I got a 505 rebuilt had a 4 amp motor I have had to completely redo machine. I have to polish a little but it's first rennovation of my 505s. With this I have 3 505 s and 2 508s. I'm pretty sure I got # 505 hoses and attachments and same with 508.

Post# 408169 , Reply# 52   4/15/2019 at 22:00 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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No, sorry - but thank you for interesting me anyway. When I said that about the pictures, that is just how I felt.


Post# 408172 , Reply# 53   4/15/2019 at 22:10 by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Ben or kelton

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Or anyone reading this post. Does anyone have dual sanitronic 80 green extension tube the straight one. If you do and are willing to help me out with this let me know please.

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