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Hard to find Kirby parts
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Post# 462502   4/22/2023 at 16:15 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I don't mind spending a little money to buy extra hard to find Kirby parts. I now have a good original 510 bag to put on my 510.

What would you say are the most difficult parts to find when restoring an old vacuum?

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Post# 462508 , Reply# 1   4/22/2023 at 17:34 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Bag topper on kirby 505
508-512 bag in good shape
505 handle
505 bag.

Post# 462509 , Reply# 2   4/22/2023 at 17:36 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I am with you when it comes to finding unique parts to some of our favorite vacuums. What an awesome score you got for your 510!

In my case, I believe the rarest Kirby parts of all are:
* The black trim used on models 2C to 505.
* The gray headlight bumper and nozzle bumper used on models 508 to 512.
* The 13" double bristle brush roll (as used on the COMVAC 1300 and the 13" nozzle versions of the Heritage/84 1-HD and the Heritage II/Legend and Legend II 2-HD).
* The 18" brush roll used on the Janitronic, the American Lincoln Super-Sweep and the Super-Vac 180.
* The top-mounted speed switch and headlight lock button, as used on the very first Kirby Tradition 3-CBs.


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Post# 462520 , Reply# 3   4/23/2023 at 11:48 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Original bags and cords

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Here is my 510 with her new-old original bag. Thanks Les, and Ben, for your feedback. I think overall the hardest parts to find for older vacuums are the original bags. I still need to find bags like this one for my 509, 511, and 512.

The original cords can also be a challenge to find. Most of the older Kirby's I've seen have Beldin replacement cords. To me if you don't have an original cord the Beldin replacement cords are the next best thing.


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Post# 462533 , Reply# 4   4/23/2023 at 19:37 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I do agree with you in that area, regarding the original black cords with their lozenge-shaped male plugs.

And I also believe that the next best thing for these black-trimmed Kirbys (and also the early gray trimmed ones, 508 to 512) is to use the gray and red trim that Kirby used to rebuild these machines during the mid 1950s to early 1970s, such as what was the case of this model 3C.


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Post# 462534 , Reply# 5   4/23/2023 at 20:46 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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What are the name of the rivets you use. I had 2 and the rest are pop rivets.

Post# 462537 , Reply# 6   4/23/2023 at 21:33 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Body panels, wheels, and bags.

Post# 462542 , Reply# 7   4/24/2023 at 07:15 by gmkubancsek (Indianapolis)        

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Sharing here - the rivets used by Kirby are known as blind or tubular rivets and use a bench top press in a majority of cases. I have seen hand versions - I am currently looking for a device to install bumpers and nozzle / light cap trim.

I am looking for a bag for a 505- a reproduction with Kirby logo is fine, an OEM bag is welcome. they seem very hard to find.

Post# 462545 , Reply# 8   4/24/2023 at 08:19 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Kirby rivets

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I bought these from Kirbyfans or Kirbyneeds. I bought the last ones they had and they have not reordered them as of yet. Maybe if you call and ask they might reorder some...Original Kirby Rivets for vintage headlight trim and nozzle bumper, 4/Pk. 1545A.

Update: I just got off the phone with Kent's wife Yolanda and she said she would look into getting more of the Rivets and also some of the early brush roll adjustment screws. She said she would call me to let me know when and if she gets them.


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Post# 462550 , Reply# 9   4/24/2023 at 10:22 by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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specifically for kirby, original bags, cords, bumper trim and decals. for most other brands its completely different items that are hard to find. with hoover its cords, vinyl jackets and attachments and attachment hoses. with other brands its outer bags, cords, and brushrolls and belts.

Post# 462555 , Reply# 10   4/24/2023 at 13:18 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Thanks for the help on the rivets

Post# 462559 , Reply# 11   4/24/2023 at 14:07 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
your welcome

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Yolanda just sent me a text letting me know she ordered the rivets and roller bush adjustment screws. She said she would call me when she gets them in stock. It could take a month or so to get them.


Post# 462609 , Reply# 12   4/24/2023 at 21:49 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I may call her but it's good she's still doing some kirby sales.

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