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Post# 411629   7/17/2019 at 19:39 (194 days old) by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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Found this buried in the depths of the internet. Did Kirby ever make a white bag? I would say it was faded, but the print is almost perfect. Also, someone needs to save this Kirby!

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Post# 411630 , Reply# 1   7/17/2019 at 20:31 (194 days old) by Rowdy141 (Biryani)        

What a sad image. Makes me want to cross the Atlantic just to rescue it.
I feel the same way seeing old cars in a scrap yard. I want to restore them all!

Post# 411633 , Reply# 2   7/17/2019 at 21:06 (194 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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The good news is vacuums are cheaper and smaller to restore than cars! More easily manageable. And you still get the full experience of working on a car - polishing metal, hammering out bent parts, repairing the "engine" (motor) and getting covered in grease and oil. lol

Post# 411634 , Reply# 3   7/17/2019 at 21:22 (194 days old) by Rowdy141 (Biryani)        

Hi Huskyvacs!
Ahh, the smell of old oil 😊
That's what I like about restoring Sewing Machines.

Post# 411636 , Reply# 4   7/17/2019 at 22:05 (194 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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A 4c 505 bag duvetyne faded or bleached white. They had close to this color on 511 but the lines were parallel not split like 505. The bags shape changed after 508. It's a 505/4c bag. It has the black bag topper and black wheels.

Post# 411644 , Reply# 5   7/18/2019 at 01:21 (193 days old) by superocd (PNW US)        
Looks like it's abandoned on a logging road

My wife and I do a lot of hiking and invariably see old cars, trucks, strange looking machinery, dumped appliances and so on. Some of the places we've been makes you wonder how that stuff got there, being that these kinds of places are just so far out there. I remember seeing an IBM PS/2 computer just laying in the middle of the woods, at least five miles from any road. Unfortunately it was too far gone but I did take a peek inside and everything was there, including the hard drive. Made me wonder who put in the effort to take it all the way out here and why, as I always wonder when I see random artifacts in the wild.

There's a lot of cool stuff out in the woods. If I see something, I always have to stop and look. Some of the things I've seen are kind of creepy, like elk skulls in this old, rusty Philco fridge I found laying on its side, rickety, eerie shacks or really old cars just daring you to pop the trunk.

If I saw that Kirby, especially it being a 500 series, I'd carry it out of there and all the way back to my rig. I'd love nothing more than to find something like this.

Post# 411651 , Reply# 6   7/18/2019 at 03:29 (193 days old) by Rowdy141 (Biryani)        

"...daring you to pop the trunk. "

Post# 411664 , Reply# 7   7/18/2019 at 15:45 (193 days old) by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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Seeing as it probably can be remade, that bag might actually look cool on a custom kirby. I actually have a sizeable garbage dump from the 1960s on the hill behind the house. I go up every winter in order to avoid snakes lol. It has stuff from the original Big Wheel to a couple wringer washers to hubcaps from 1960s cars. I even found a possibly fixable late 1950s power drill!

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Post# 411674 , Reply# 8   7/18/2019 at 18:31 (193 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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If I seen that I'd put hard hat steel toes boots gloves and dive in. I more likely dive in with no protective gear. I bet blow motor off grease bearings used a good cord it would fire up.
I thought that was on your property. You have alot of cool parts in pic of your property.

Post# 411677 , Reply# 9   7/18/2019 at 19:52 (193 days old) by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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If that kirby was on my property it would already be in the house and in restoration lol. Doing the drill will be quite tough.It was quite corroded and rusty when i found it, it was under a pile of leaves on an old car bench seat. The old cord literally broke in half when i bent it lol. Some of the screws are so stuck no amount of wd 40 will loosen them. Also, the trigger broke off, but That should be fixable though. The pic is of an identical, nicer version.

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Post# 411680 , Reply# 10   7/18/2019 at 20:11 (193 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The drill looks cool. I imagine you can get it working.
I have nothing cool like that in my backyard.

Post# 411739 , Reply# 11   7/19/2019 at 17:01 (192 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I snagged a drill like that from my dad's basement when they were moving three years ago. Didn't need it but it was too cool to leave behind. Besides, I already had the matching sander that went with it.

Post# 411760 , Reply# 12   7/20/2019 at 04:42 (191 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
By any chance

have you come across any mid- fifties Frigidaire washers up there? I...oh I see, well thanks any way, just thought I'd check...never know,lol!

Post# 411910 , Reply# 13   7/22/2019 at 20:08 (189 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I have a drill just like that one. It's either a Black and Decker or a Sears - I forget. I have to wear rubber gloves when using it because my garage is miswired in reverse so it becomes live when plugged in out there, but it's fine in the house. It was my father's he bought brand new I assume and used all his life. It hasn't run since the 90's.

I found a similar one last year at Goodwill for $4 that is a Canadian-only Sears model (their version of Sears - I forgot the name). They are very tough little drills and I have no doubt in my mind that with just some grease and oil it will work just like new again.

I always prefer old tools because they can be dropped without shattering, and they don't have Nanny Nancy safety obstacles on them all over the place, and their cords are very long. I used a 1950s hedge trimmer on my bushes all the time because it has a nice handle on the side that makes it easier to hold when cutting sideways - just have to watch your fingers as your knuckles are only 2" away from the blades.

Your trash dump is a very nice treasure to have on your land, and if you get out there with a good quality metal detector (Garrett Ace) you will likely find tons and tons of stuff - be on the lookout for any bottle dumps around the property or next to the pile too.

Post# 411978 , Reply# 14   7/24/2019 at 14:54 (187 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
As huskyvacs mentioned, a metal detector

would be awesome since so many things were still made of steel. How big of an area is it, 1/2 acre or more? I'd be curious to know how long the land was used for dumping? Well, as "The Pickers" say, happy picking.

Post# 413851 , Reply# 15   9/15/2019 at 20:19 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        
Actually, I have

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But didn't find much. I have seen items from the 50s all the way to a bottle from the late 90s. It was used as a burn pit as I saw a turned over wheel with burned stuff in it. The area is basically all in the pic except a couple ripped up cans. It is up a VERY STEEP hill and was led to by a very old and overgrown atv path, although I will follow it sometime, see whose house it leads to. i am thinking of getting the nicer washer (close to the camera, made half of plastic) this winter and Turing it into a table. It is completely gutted except the lever, so it is basically a shell. The other one has literally rusted through on one side, although i saved the tag, it is a speed queen. The other had some weird name written on a sticker tag.

Post# 414522 , Reply# 16   10/2/2019 at 01:10 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The official answer is no, what you saw was a faded gray or black bag.

Kirby did, however, make a white bag ... but it was a vinyl bag without the Emtor casting, for the American Lincoln Super-Sweep 180 (1979-1982) and Super-Vac 180 (1982-1985). It could take a disposable paper bag (331668) or a reusable cloth bag (331767).

Either one of these bag setups will be hard to find, so good luck!


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