Thread Number: 43199  /  Tag: Member Selling Item(s)/Non Professionally
Kirby Tradition and Classic III vacuums for restoration or for use as-is
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Post# 451559   4/13/2022 at 14:06 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I had bought these two machines from my friend's Kirby shop before he had liquidated it and closed up in 2019. These were in his collection of complete working vacuums for sale.
Despite the fact I already had one of each of these that I had already restored, I bought these thinking I ~might~ want a couple more. (I was also infected with 'Kirby fever' back then).

I now realize I do not need duplicate units, and do not want to keep them as 'parts' units as they are far too nice for this. I also need more space in the garage.
Therefore I have decided it is best to sell them off to someone who wants them.

They are both usable as-is and are very restorable. All parts should be there and I will make sure of it when I get a buyer lined up. I will also run complete tests and inspections on them. I have extra parts to make sure each set is complete and fully operational.

The CIII has a metal fan but not sure on the Trad.

The Trad has the infamous headlight lock, but case mounted safety switch. The bag looks like a non-Kirby replacement, but it still uses the disposable bags and emtor.
The CIII has the dump bag.

Asking $30 each or $50 for both, just to recoup what I had paid back then.
Pickup in east Plano preferred but can ship if needed (which will be easily 40 and up extra per machine, dependent on location).

If someone local gets either or both of these, I can include a G4 parts unit absolutely free (if wanted). It is listed further below in the supermarket section...

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Post# 451620 , Reply# 1   4/14/2022 at 18:58 by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

How much for shipping to Woodridge, IL 60517

Post# 451644 , Reply# 2   4/15/2022 at 10:55 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Repairman - got your PM last night and I will email you the shipping quote this evening.
Thank you!

Post# 451690 , Reply# 3   4/16/2022 at 21:28 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have the exact same machines

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and would love to sell them. I also have the full set of tools (blue). Perhaps someone will want them at the convention.

Post# 451715 , Reply# 4   4/17/2022 at 10:54 by JAG (Dallas)        
Just curious

Were these from Kirby Vacuum off of Parker and Custer in Plano?

Post# 451727 , Reply# 5   4/17/2022 at 19:53 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Jag, yes - these were purchased during that shop's closing.
Below are the official threads I had made in case you had missed them, or just for some fun re-reading.

Post# 451731 , Reply# 6   4/18/2022 at 00:18 by JAG (Dallas)        
Well poo!!

Im not a fan of spending $2000 on a Kirby but I would have forked it over to
him in a split second! He was such a wonderful and kind person! I had no idea he was closing up shop.

Post# 453238 , Reply# 7   6/2/2022 at 11:30 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Both are still available...

Some more details below after having dug them out of the garage, opened them up and tested them.

Both have very healthy motors - normal commutator color and next to no wear.

Current draws on both were normal for both speeds.

Bearings are dry and a little noisy but not too bad. Normal for this age.

Brush rolls are good and restorable - good bristle lengths.

Nozzle bumpers are intact with the usual scuffs. The Tradition is worse. I have NOS replacements I can add in for $5 extra, each.

Cords are good and have original ends.

Handles have good back plates (but cord clips may be broke - did not check them).

Good handle springs

Headlights work.

Classic III
This one is nicer than I had remembered it...

-Bag top trim was missing but I will throw in a NOS replacement (I must have had it for this unit anyway).

-Bag guard (trim ring at emtor) is missing. I have green, blue, and two shades of brown you can choose from. Sorry - no red!

-Has nice metal fan.

-Headlight bumper is 'okay' but I can add a NOS replacement if desired.

-This has a dump, or shake out bag. I thought it was paper because I heard the crinkly sound of paper in it. Instead it was the stiff nylon sani-pocket making that sound.
Bag may or may not be an original Kirby part. Bag also has tape or paint mark on the back side. I do not have all the parts to convert it to paper bags.

-Unit had a broken grey plastic fan but I changed it out for a good used metal fan.

-Safety switch lost its spring return. Therefore it will stay in the last speed chosen by the attachment that was used. I can include a used replacement if desired.

Aside from the above, they just need some TLC and some polishing to make them like new.
I really need to get these out of the garage. I hate to send to the thrift store, but I might have to if they do not sell soon.

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