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Post# 90272   1/29/2010 at 14:15 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

Hey Guys

My bosses brother helps out in the local Salvation Army shop. I asked him ages ago to let me know if anything interesting comes in - yesterday I got a call to ask if I would be interested in this........

Post# 90273 , Reply# 1   1/29/2010 at 14:17 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Hood closeup

Showing its only major issue- any tips on how to improve the scratches?

Post# 90274 , Reply# 2   1/29/2010 at 14:18 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

Pretty much perfect :)

Post# 90275 , Reply# 3   1/29/2010 at 14:19 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        


Post# 90276 , Reply# 4   1/29/2010 at 14:20 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Base- note the condition of the paint!


Post# 90277 , Reply# 5   1/29/2010 at 14:20 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Cover off


Post# 90278 , Reply# 6   1/29/2010 at 14:22 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
On British Machines....

Its Carpet not Rugs- this was the last UK model to carry this slogan........

Post# 90279 , Reply# 7   1/29/2010 at 14:22 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Under the Hood


Post# 90280 , Reply# 8   1/29/2010 at 14:23 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        


Post# 90281 , Reply# 9   1/29/2010 at 14:27 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
One more.......

Colour match :).

Im very pleased to have found this as the 638 is one of the most difficult post war machines to find- especially in this condition !.

Stay tuned for the next installment that I will be picking up from work tomorrow :).


Post# 90282 , Reply# 10   1/29/2010 at 15:14 (3,779 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
Nice machine..

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in terrific condition. I have the same one but with a DVC bag. At least it's the correct colour!


Post# 90283 , Reply# 11   1/29/2010 at 15:20 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Possibly ....

Hey Guy

Is yours possibly a 63 as opposed to a 638?. The differences are the 63 has the handle switch, lacks the handgrip and has the cable hooks on the other side.They look pretty much the same other than that tho :).


Post# 90284 , Reply# 12   1/29/2010 at 15:30 (3,779 days old) by turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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and im now totally jealous despite knowing one of the amazing finds we had this week quite well will be trumped with this beaut!!!!

God its gorgeous, have never seen one in that condition.

Post# 90307 , Reply# 13   1/29/2010 at 18:16 (3,779 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Nampa, ID)        
Hey SeamusUK,

My Convertible has scratches on the hood like your 638 does! I tried getting them off but it didn't work that well!

Post# 90318 , Reply# 14   1/29/2010 at 19:55 (3,779 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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That's simply beautiful, Seamus.

So clean on the bottom and around the bumper & base the Lady was clearly careful with it...but she had a bad habit of ramming the hood under one particular piece of furniture where it was a whisker too tall.

Unless you practice and undertake a true plastic scratch polishing out (very hard to do without heat-distorting the plastic) the best visually would be an oil or liquid wax set into the scratches to clarifiy and build up the surface - like wet stones are so much prettier than dry ones. You could also 'wet' the scratches with an automotive interior silicone plastic shiner impregnated cloth?

Don't use any wax or polish product that drys to a powdery haze, for obvious reasons.

Say, I just thought...what about rubbing a matching dark blue wax crayon over the area and melting it in with a hair fill the surface gouging? Keep rubbing til the area is a s smooth as possible and follow up with an all over wax job. I'd try this first before contaminating the dry scratched area with oil or silicone.

Just letting my own thoughts fly as if it was my machine and that was the only cosmetic problem short of a perfect machine.

Good luck and do let us know.


Post# 90354 , Reply# 15   1/30/2010 at 00:29 (3,779 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Thanks Guys :)

I know how lucky I was to come across this one believe me !.
Ive just ordered this - looks like it could be just the thing for those scratches :). I have several other cleaners it may be good for as well!


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Post# 90365 , Reply# 16   1/30/2010 at 07:32 (3,778 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh good for you. Looking forward to your review of how this works out. I've been many times tempted to try polish kits specifically for plastics but haven't taken the plunge. If it didn't work it would be for sale, right?

I do know the joys of bearing down into large buffing wheels primed with the correct compounds.

Why, I can remember way way back 230 years ago when I was appalled at the thought of taking fine steel wool directly to tarnished aluminum or chrome to remove the first layer of tarnish. But once I'd done it and there was no further scratching and indeed a high polish emerged there was no going back to the old way...


Post# 90371 , Reply# 17   1/30/2010 at 08:37 (3,778 days old) by 74simon ()        

Hey Seamus, congratulations, that has to be the nicest 638 I've ever seen! How's the flex? Looks good! And the handgrip is remarkable!

Hope the polishing kit works well, hope you let us know! Looking forward to seeing your other find too!

Post# 90382 , Reply# 18   1/30/2010 at 12:08 (3,778 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        

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Seamus, that's a great find, especially with the original bag.

I wouldn't say that 638s are hard to find generally but you seldom see one in that sort of condition.

Re: the scratches I've managed quite well by rubbing down with progressively finer grades of abrasive paper, followed by a coat of clear laquer aerosol. This has worked well for me on a number of plastics, including bakelite hoods, brings the shine back and doesn't leave any sticky residue. You can get these items from most car-accessory shops.

I'd be interested to hear about how the plastics-polishing kit works out.


Post# 90524 , Reply# 19   2/1/2010 at 15:16 (3,776 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
I was thinking....638???

I wonder what Perivale's reason for this was- if it had followed the pattern of both previous and following models it should have been model 632. Think 26(2), 61(2), 91(2) and the following 65(2).

Any ideas ??


Post# 90590 , Reply# 20   2/2/2010 at 14:37 (3,775 days old) by turbopowerpaul (UK)        
Congrats on a great find Seamus.

Dont know much about the 638, but it looks in great condition and i am sure that you will be able to work some magic on the hood graze.

The grey paintwork looks in lovely condition. surprising when you consider that usually, when you see a 652 senior for example, its usually all scraped to hell and back.

a great addition to your superb collection.

really pleased.

Post# 90592 , Reply# 21   2/2/2010 at 14:47 (3,775 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Very nice. one of my Favs. and I love the color too Seamus =)

Post# 90663 , Reply# 22   2/3/2010 at 08:44 (3,774 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Well the kit arrived yesterday....

So I should get round to having a go this evening- IF I can find the Dremel(well a cheap Argos copy) lol!.


The paint on the base did have a few scuffs but Autosol took care of those. If I can get rid of or at least improve the scratches I will be a VERY happy man !.

Thanks for the superb comment- I know others have collections more worthy of that title than mine tho. Having said that you and Rob would be very welcome to come for a viewing at some point in the future :).



Post# 90739 , Reply# 23   2/4/2010 at 15:35 (3,773 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Initial results....

Are looking VERY promising :) :)

Hey Guys

Using the small wheels on my Bosch rechargable drill(couldnt find the other thing lol) and firstly the cutting , then the polishing compound ive managed to GREATLY improve those hood scratches- maybe by 70-80% :).

Ive done half as a comparison , a pic will follow once the camera charges!


Post# 90740 , Reply# 24   2/4/2010 at 16:25 (3,773 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

See where I stopped ;)

Post# 90753 , Reply# 25   2/4/2010 at 20:29 (3,773 days old) by aussie-plugs (Sydney, Australia)        

Hi Seamus,

Great results!

You mentioned Autosol for cleaning up the paintwork. Which of their products do you use? The aluminium polish?

I've found the aluminium polish works well on the hood plastics and buffs to a great shine once the hard work is done. I've practised on an old grey 652 hood and recently did my pink 652 hood very successfully. I have to admit it wasn't nearly as damaged as your 638 hood though. The plastic restoration kit you're using seems excellent.


Post# 90780 , Reply# 26   2/5/2010 at 13:54 (3,772 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
After the 1st session......


Yup the base was polished with the standard metal Autosol- I find it works great on most plastics, this neeeded more help tho.........

There will be another session at least before im totally happy with this hood, but as you can see the improvement is noticeable :).

Post# 90781 , Reply# 27   2/5/2010 at 13:55 (3,772 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Closer up...


Post# 90782 , Reply# 28   2/5/2010 at 13:56 (3,772 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        


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