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Post# 441219   4/27/2021 at 10:40 by Vacmadman (Pueblo Co.)        

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I've tried sharing video's here but it will not let me download them....why? So here is a link to my YouTube video.


Post# 441236 , Reply# 1   4/27/2021 at 18:43 by Vacmadman (Pueblo Co.)        
Pictures taken during restoration

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I had to repair the linkage on this old girl, it has a unique front wheel set up of 2 sets of front wheels. 4 in the front, and two in the back. The front wheels would self adjust going from a smooth floor to carpeting, giving it's name "Automatic"

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Post# 441237 , Reply# 2   4/27/2021 at 18:57 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Beautiful! Is that the one from eBay?

Post# 441251 , Reply# 3   4/28/2021 at 00:31 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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It looks like a cross between boba fett and death maul.
It also looks like the bug eyes brother with some hoover coffee can appearance.
Nice job that's another great looking machine.

Post# 441253 , Reply# 4   4/28/2021 at 02:19 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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Way more stylish than the hoover models that were on the market. I would have got one of these back then.

I have seen many over the years. My favourite is the imperial bug eye model but in spite of the many over the years I have never seen any tool sets.

They must be rare as anything.

I am sure dysonman has one or two though.

Post# 441255 , Reply# 5   4/28/2021 at 08:42 by Vacmadman (Pueblo Co.)        

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Yes I did buy this on eBay but the seller first had it as local pic-up only. I contacted the seller, but he wasn't interested in shipping it, but after a few months they relisted it at a higher price, and did offer shipping, so I bought it. It took two Kenmore's to complete this one.

Pictured is the Kenmore I used to complete this automatic. I used the handle and bag from the one on the right to complete it so it's not all original, but I don't care it's a good looking vac. I might replace the cord with an older style cloth covered cord in time. It has a Kirby cord on it now that matched the handle color perfectly. It's hard to find these with the handle grip intact.

Side Note: I worked on my two Kenmore's at the same time. Also pictured is the Automatic and the Imperial together.

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Post# 441286 , Reply# 6   4/29/2021 at 03:17 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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Does anyone have a tool set for one of these vintage Kenmore models??

Post# 441292 , Reply# 7   4/29/2021 at 09:07 by dysonman1 (the county)        

I have a tool set, complete, for these Kenmores. The converter slides in from the back like a Hoover Convertible. It uses the same tools as a Commander, but without the rug nozzle.

Post# 441802 , Reply# 8   5/14/2021 at 11:41 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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I would imagine the hose would have been black and chrome tools? Those sets must be super rare as I have never seen any in my 51 years. As well as the imperial (bug eye).

Post# 441826 , Reply# 9   5/15/2021 at 00:16 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Serpentine belt for a bumper, nice idea.

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