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APRIL OF 1990 Kirby G3 restore.
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Post# 430330   8/19/2020 at 21:54 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Well I finally found a Kirby G3 ,one of the original ones before they made some of updates. Those who don't know me I've been looking for one for a few years.
I've always loved the classic late "1980s futuristic" styling of the Kirby G3.
Even crazier is the video Kirby put out on the story of the "$25 million dollar" vacuum.
Here's a video of that story.

strangely enough it looks like the fan was replaced in 1995 , sloppily I might add.
But I was amazed the fan wasn't cracked. 👀
Here are some pictures of the progress so far I'll post updates occasionally as I work.

Right now I'm needing to source an original G3 handle yoke.
As my epoxy job was unsuccessful.

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Post# 430332 , Reply# 1   8/20/2020 at 06:06 by KirbyG6 (York)        

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Hi vacuumdevil that is by far my favourite Kirby video itís just so cool and I canít wait to see it finished

Post# 430340 , Reply# 2   8/20/2020 at 11:02 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Love the video. All that retro-tech is great. It's easy to forget what was considered 'high tech' at the time. Keep us posted on your progress with your G3.

Post# 430362 , Reply# 3   8/20/2020 at 20:02 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Good luck. It looks like you used a CAD system on your work bench setup.i bet it set you back $30 million.

Post# 430552 , Reply# 4   8/24/2020 at 17:22 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Some Kirby sentria 2 wheels came today. Which are like the exact color they used.
Decided to put the motor back in the frame reinstalled The fill tube and bag.

Currently awaiting pink pinstripe tape, and a handle spring yoke.

Going to do some more buffing today before I put the fan housing back together.

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Post# 430742 , Reply# 5   8/27/2020 at 05:50 by anthony (leeds uk)        
cant believe

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you put those dirty parts in the dishwasher [someone elses dirty vacuum cleaner in the machine you wash your dishes in ] Hmmm

Post# 430743 , Reply# 6   8/27/2020 at 07:53 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

What a nice work shop to perform miracles.

Anthony If it is the only one you have to clean things up it is what you use.

I Kept my old 18' wide dish washer when I bought a new one. Some day I hope to be able to used it for the same purpose.

Post# 430771 , Reply# 7   8/27/2020 at 13:12 by anthony (leeds uk)        

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i didn't know you had a dishwasher just for washing machine parts great idea

Post# 431550 , Reply# 8   9/9/2020 at 15:31 by Vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Update I milled the end of the handle spring yoke in order to reassemble it.
You can see the pictures where I've lined it up with a 7mm.
Got it all back together really happy with it.
I've got a four-part video series to showcase all the work I've done. I'll post here as I release it.

@anthony Please take a look into how a dishwasher works they self clean themselves.
But I do have a second dishwasher just for cleaning parts in my basement hence why there's carpet in that picture.

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Post# 431576 , Reply# 9   9/10/2020 at 02:14 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Do you have any thoughts on putting in a metal fan from like a Sanitronic in that Kirby?

Post# 431584 , Reply# 10   9/10/2020 at 10:15 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Absolutely not...

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I would not try to put a metal fan in that G3. It was never designed for one. Kirby stopped using the metal fans during the Heritage era because they had a tendency to shatter and cause catastrophic damage to the machine. The best fan for it would be a white 'Amodel' fan. They are much more durable than the gray Lexan fans like it currently has. That said, there's nothing really wrong with the Lexan fans but they do get chewed up more easily than the Amodel ones. Amodel is definitely the right way to go if the fan needs replacing.

Post# 431742 , Reply# 11   9/13/2020 at 12:32 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@panasonicvac That would ruin the machine in so many ways and also make it less durable than a modern beige lexan fan.
Like @human said.

Post# 431744 , Reply# 12   9/13/2020 at 12:54 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Anybody else

see the little robot in photo #3? OK it was a stretch, haven't had my coffee yet!

Post# 432406 , Reply# 13   9/24/2020 at 00:11 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Post# 432905 , Reply# 14   10/1/2020 at 14:22 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        
Part 2

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Post# 432966 , Reply# 15   10/2/2020 at 13:05 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Good info on the wheels.

Post# 433301 , Reply# 16   10/9/2020 at 21:56 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        
Part 3 of 4

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Post# 433526 , Reply# 17   10/14/2020 at 15:10 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        
Last part

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Post# 434416 , Reply# 18   10/31/2020 at 12:59 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        
The Review Video

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