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Post# 465714   9/1/2023 at 08:11 (317 days old) by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

At a recent estate sale I found that barn finds are not just for cars!

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Post# 465716 , Reply# 1   9/1/2023 at 08:59 (317 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Poor vacuums. They look like they have been to hell and back…😢

Post# 465725 , Reply# 2   9/1/2023 at 13:01 (317 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Those look like they would be alot of fun to restore. Everything is there. I love bringing back rust buckets into usable condition.

Post# 465742 , Reply# 3   9/1/2023 at 19:12 (316 days old) by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Looking better -

-with some dirt, dust and hay removed.

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Post# 465753 , Reply# 4   9/1/2023 at 21:53 (316 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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You've done a good day's work on them already. It will be interesting to see how they progress. There was a Hoover like that in the basement at my grandparents' house when I was a kid. I never saw it in use, but I remember being scared of it. No idea what became of it.

Post# 465771 , Reply# 5   9/2/2023 at 15:35 (315 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        
Nice Machine

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hope they were the right price because those suckers are going to need a lot. Any idea if they run at all??

Post# 465780 , Reply# 6   9/3/2023 at 05:25 (315 days old) by superocd (PNW US)        
I can just picture a black widow under the motor shell...

I'm always nervous when tearing into an old machine that was stored in a shed, attic, garage or barn. I have an irrational fear of black widow spiders. Luckily I haven't come across any even though a few vacs I've taken were just covered in webs.

I've been an HVACR tech for almost eight years now and the absolute worst part of the job out of anything in my opinion (even compressor terminal blowouts!) is encountering a black widow, especially in confined spaces. Doesn't happen too often but you'll go into a crawlspace, attic or whatever and there they are. Day ruined, lol

Post# 465782 , Reply# 7   9/3/2023 at 07:49 (315 days old) by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Barn Vacs

The price was low.The Hoover runs well on both speeds with a good fan. The GE doesn't run for unknown reasons. The replacement Hoover bag is in the nearest trash can. I have little time for them. Does anyone want to continue the fun? I have seen 1 black widow spider years ago in a downtown parking lot and it was 1 to many. Has anyone noticed that this is not just an old Hoover but is a Mo 150?

Post# 465785 , Reply# 8   9/3/2023 at 10:35 (315 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Could I see a pic of the light bulb "cavern" on the GE? On this design the belts tended to wear through the metal until there was a hole in the casting behind the bulb.

Post# 465786 , Reply# 9   9/3/2023 at 10:53 (315 days old) by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

Will try for pictures later. I did notice that bulb wires are taped at end and socket seems to be missing.

Post# 465826 , Reply# 10   9/4/2023 at 17:27 (313 days old) by Rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"a hole"

Seems to be one problem the GE doesn't have.

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Post# 465828 , Reply# 11   9/4/2023 at 17:42 (313 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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So cool that this old GE had a headlight right at the lower front bumper! Years before Raymond Loewy’s revolutionary Singer upright. Would love to see a video of that light illuminating the surface of a rug! Amazing!!!

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