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Post# 441735   5/12/2021 at 11:08 by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        

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I'm curious to see what Bojack machines you all own. Mine is a FrankenKirby, I would have to find a photo.

Post# 441737 , Reply# 1   5/12/2021 at 14:05 by Human (Pines of Carolina)        
I have a few...

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I've got five that would potentially fall into that category, although some are more heavily modified than others. I have posted photos of all of these in the recent past:

Kirby G5--Renovated using an Ultimate G outer bag (the flecks of burgundy in the pattern make it look like it belongs on that machine), G4 rear handle panel, G3 cord, Sentria style brush roll. It is the most heavily modified of the lot.

Kirby Heritage 1HD--converted from dump bag setup to use disposable filter bags, including Sentria style HEPA bags, with Heritage 2/Legend 2 mini Emptor and fill tube assembly. Looks stock unless someone is familiar with Kirbys of that era.

Eureka "Ironsides" canister--The machine itself is unmodified except I bent the latch button on the hose out of the way to accommodate an Electrolux wand and power nozzle since it doesn't have one of its own. This modification uses an unmodified teal, non-telescoping 1205 style wand that has a pigtail cord at the top.

Sanitaire S645 (blue line)--renovated mostly with OEM Sanitaire parts for a red line commercial unit including larger light-gray cord hooks, a black dial-a-nap knob in place of the original light gray one (just because I had it handy and liked the look) and a generic, black 40-foot cord to replace the damaged original 30-foot gray one. Although not planned that way, the larger cord hooks came in handy for the longer cord. This one would appear pretty much stock to the untrained eye.

Sanitaire SC686 (red line)--Upgraded with an aftermarket F&G bag conversion kit and newer VGII brush roll. This one also could pass for stock, both installed with no modification to the machine.

To my mind, the Eureka is the only one of the above lot that I would actually consider to be 'bojack' since it incorporates pieces from another manufacturer and required a minor physical modification for them to fit properly. The others use original OEM parts or third party parts made to OEM specs and were fitted to the machine without any permanent physical modification (e.g., no adapters, cutting or drilling) and thus could easily be put back to their original factory configuration in a matter of minutes with no indication that they had ever been modified.

Post# 441789 , Reply# 2   5/14/2021 at 02:02 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
Iím planning to build a wet dry central vacuum,

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Using a cyclonic central vac and some odd assortment of pluming and pool parts and a float valve

Post# 441790 , Reply# 3   5/14/2021 at 03:17 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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The most modified my vacuums are are custom paint jobs, that's all for now. Maybe one day I might try something interesting with a vacuum but I'm not really very creative.

Post# 441793 , Reply# 4   5/14/2021 at 05:16 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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I have quite a lot DIY made stuff with vacuums.
Mainly powerhead wiring for a straight suction canisters.
I can use several powerheads with almost all of my canisters.

In the video DIY Shark canister, old Miele with Sebo ET-1 powerhead and Shark NV340 with Sebo motor.

Post# 441831 , Reply# 5   5/15/2021 at 11:56 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
using other attachments

I don't necessarily have a particular vacuum that I modified, but I like to mix up my attachments. I've used my Sebo ET1 with my Electrolux 1205, or my Centec CT10 nozzle for hard floors with my Aerus classic. I know some collectors only want to use the attachments that a vacuum includes, that's their choice but I think you limit your options by doing that. This is why I tend to avoid vacuums with nonstandard hose ends and nonstandard power nozzle connectors.

Post# 442006 , Reply# 6   5/19/2021 at 22:03 by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        
Electrolux Epic 8000

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Converted into a Guardian.

This one has the double-stage motor housing for a Guardian, and it's original motor replaced with a new double stage Electro Motor that pulls 117" waterlift. The upper body had to be modified to take the Guardian motor housing, so the hepa filter is mounted on a 35mm metal Miele tool adapter that is sealed permanently to the motor housing. The canister circuit board was blown-canister stayed on permanently and would not change speeds on the hose handle, so it got gutted and re-wired like a Tri Star with a Filter Queen metal switch. In addition, it now takes generic Miele U upright bags for the S7/Dynamic U1 uprights....just saved a couple Electrolux Style R cardboard bag tops and wrapped the bag door tube with clear packing tape to increase the diameter slightly so the bag fits directly on the bag door tube. It can still use Style R bags though if I wanted to.

The original hose got replaced with a EH13 Lux4000 upright electric hose, with a generic hose adapter used to convert the pistol grip handle to use with the Guardian wands. And the powerhead is a brand new Aerus Legacy powerhead, re-wired to use a Filter Queen metal switch and LED headlight bulb.

Has all original tools, except the dusting brush which is a newer one from a white/blue Guardian, and I don't have the Sidekick II, but I will buy one eventually. So I would say this definitely is modified LOL.


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