Thread Number: 41935  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
The Torrington Restoration
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Post# 442671   6/6/2021 at 21:18 by myvacsrock (USA)        


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Post# 442672 , Reply# 1   6/6/2021 at 21:19 by myvacsrock (USA)        
Iím honestly thrilled about this outcome!


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Post# 442676 , Reply# 2   6/6/2021 at 22:51 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Holy cow that looks amazing!! What direction does the fan screw turn, or were you ale to remove the bearing plate and armature another way?

Post# 442677 , Reply# 3   6/6/2021 at 22:51 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Post# 442678 , Reply# 4   6/6/2021 at 22:59 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
You should be.

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worth the effort.

Post# 442680 , Reply# 5   6/6/2021 at 23:22 by myvacsrock (USA)        

I actually didnít use the fan screw. I just grabbed the armature with my hand and the fan came off with no issues just by turning it I believe clockwise.

Hope that helps! I know what you mean by the screw. That threw me off for a second before I just moved the fan on its own.

Post# 442685 , Reply# 6   6/7/2021 at 01:50 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Beautiful work. Looks like a new machine. I'm assuming it's wheel-powered brush?

Post# 442690 , Reply# 7   6/7/2021 at 09:43 by Vacmadman (Pueblo Co.)        

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Fantastic work as always. Will this stay in your collection or put up for sale?

Post# 442691 , Reply# 8   6/7/2021 at 09:43 by Brando_husky (Las Vegas Nevada)        

Wow that is outstanding. Very nice job again!

Post# 442692 , Reply# 9   6/7/2021 at 09:50 by Human (Pines of Carolina)        
She's a stunner...

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That is simply a stunning transformation! When I got to photo no. 11 in the 'before' set and saw the shiny metal behind the head badge, I knew the whole thing was going to be gorgeous. The years just melted away on that one.

Post# 442721 , Reply# 10   6/8/2021 at 02:36 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Absolutely beautiful, and quite a rare machine as well! you have done excellent on the restoration, as you always do!

Post# 442727 , Reply# 11   6/8/2021 at 09:13 by dysonman1 (the county)        
It's wonderful

You did an amazing job. I have both of Stan Kann's Torringtons. There were only 2 models I believe. Stan would be very proud of the work you do.

Post# 442736 , Reply# 12   6/8/2021 at 12:44 by myvacsrock (USA)        

Thanks everyone for the kind compliments!

Jim: this one is going to stay for now. If it ever doesnít Iíll probably let people here know.

Here is a better video of the Torrington vacuuming. The power of this thing is crazy! Some of the vibrations are hear are the metal wheels on axel. They are loose to change positions based on the rug, and to control the friction Brushroll. When you roll the cleaner is interacts with two other sets of wheels that put the brush into motion.


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Post# 442743 , Reply# 13   6/8/2021 at 14:10 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Nice to hear what one is supposed to sound like! Maybe adding some rubber grommets on where the axle touches the spring will quiet the rattling noise?

Post# 442755 , Reply# 14   6/9/2021 at 03:33 by drbanjo (charleston il)        
My land!

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That's got some real suction behind it!

Post# 442767 , Reply# 15   6/9/2021 at 13:01 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I'm not easily impressed but that might be the best restoration I've ever seen. Very nice thanks for sharing.

Post# 442785 , Reply# 16   6/9/2021 at 20:30 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        
Good news!

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I got it apart! I had removed all of the screws, but, just like every part on this flood damaged vac, it was frozen in place. Some tapping on the rear shaft end got it right out.

Were you able to get the stator out? The inside of mine is filthy, and I do not see any bolts or screws that keep it in. Could just be seized, I'm not sure. Looks like the same stator as your Thor as well, was that the same kind of set up?


Post# 442800 , Reply# 17   6/10/2021 at 08:24 by myvacsrock (USA)        
Thatís great news!

It is the same stator as the ThorÖ I took that one out, and because of that I knew I did not want to take this one out hahaha. Itís not great. I just cleaned mine out thoroughly with small brushes and a vacuum. Itís pretty squeaky now. I would recommend the same. It involves bending metal tabs, and you have to be so, so careful. It isnít worth it if you can avoid it.

Post# 442801 , Reply# 18   6/10/2021 at 08:40 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        
I see

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I'd like to get it out, but I do not want to risk damaging it. Are they the tabs like the one shown in the 2nd pic(below)?

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Post# 442808 , Reply# 19   6/10/2021 at 10:44 by myvacsrock (USA)        

Yes thatís it

Post# 442818 , Reply# 20   6/10/2021 at 18:03 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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You get a power spray the vacuum housing would be immaculate pretty quickly. It cleans the grease and dust off so you can see everything.

Post# 442842 , Reply# 21   6/11/2021 at 17:35 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        
Well, decisions had to be made

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I got it out! Since this Torrington would need several parts to be remade, I figured for kicks I'd remove the identical coils and try them in my Brilliant Suction Cleaner. It worked!!

The Torrington will be for parts for now, until I find another one, or an early Royal stator to use. Its amazing how many vacs use the same internals. I could not have done it without Kyle's help, thank you so much!!

Thread coming soon!

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