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WTB - Kirby Original Vacuum Cord (Female End) for C-Series
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Post# 466667   10/8/2023 at 13:04 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        

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I want to buy an original Kirby power cord (or at least the female connector/plug -- for a C-series vacuum).

I am hoping my neighborhood handyman (and his network of handymen) can make me a “reasonable facsimile” cord (using similar wire, male plug and female plug).

Note: The cord is just for looks – my Kirby vac is restored but I haven’t turned it on.

Post# 466697 , Reply# 1   10/9/2023 at 15:09 by VacuumHeaven05 (Frederick, MD)        

The closest cord I know still exists are early replacement cords for Kirby Models 508-515, which are grey. Speaking of which do you have a Kirby model 1C that has been restored?

Post# 466698 , Reply# 2   10/9/2023 at 15:54 by VacuumHeaven05 (Frederick, MD)        

Believe it or not I actually have a Kirby 505 that has the factory original bag, in mint condition. However the rest of the vacuum is missing parts like Factory original headlight hood trim, a proper 505 nozzle with the belt lifter, an original black bumper, an original handle grip and original cord. These are the photos of it in its current condition. Side note: The nozzle it has on right now is from a Kirby 2C.

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Post# 466701 , Reply# 3   10/9/2023 at 18:36 by kwalsh97214 (Portland)        
Thanks for your reply Mr. VacuumHeaven05

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I looked up to see some of nice cords that originally came with Kirby 508-515 vacuums (and earlier models). Some of those cords/plugs are very nice. The website had photos of many of the cords.

Thanks for posting photos of your nice Kirby 505. To me, it looks nice even if it doesn't have all original components. Have you ever wondered whether it would be easier and/or more economical to find an all original or mostly original 505 rather than trying to find all of the original components you seek?

I like the 505 model and may have to think about getting one for my Xmas gift to myself.

Post# 466736 , Reply# 4   10/11/2023 at 10:57 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I feel like I'm sticking my neck out here, but I guess people have different ideas about what is considered mint condition. "In excellent condition, unblemished, perfect". VacuumHeaven05 Your bag looks more like very good condition to me. It has some mild flacking, and it looks to have lost its shine. A new or "mint" 505 bag logo and striping have a shine to them, yours looks washed out with no shine to it at all.... just saying. It is a very nice bag.

Pictured the 505 on the right has a NOS bag and you can see it still has its shine on the logo and stripes. Again, having said that your bag is very nice indeed that any collector would love to have. Side note: The NOS bag does have some very mild flacking on the logo, so I do consider it to be "near mint" Keep in mind I also collect comic books where the word mint is taken very seriously.


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Post# 466791 , Reply# 5   10/15/2023 at 09:35 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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jim. which comics do you collect? I am an inactive collector too

Post# 466817 , Reply# 6   10/16/2023 at 09:03 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I too am a "inactive" collector at this time. I have collected over 2000 comics mostly Marvel. I do have some DC and others. I started collecting when I was 12 years old. They will end up going to my grandsons.


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