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Post# 90881   2/7/2010 at 07:29 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        

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I got chance to Hoover the dining room with my 900 yesterday since dad, who usually sits there for most of the day, had gone out with my mum and sister, plus the dogs had been confined to the kitchen. There was time to clean up the dog hairs off the floor, in order to take some decent pictures!

Would have taken more but then the switch suddenly fell to bits on one of my new aquisitions, so had to fix that!





Post# 90882 , Reply# 1   2/7/2010 at 08:14 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Anyone know the make of this machine?

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Here's the machine that the switch came off.

Shortly after this picture was taken, the switch jammed and wouldn't operate. When I stripped it down, the two insulators, which pass through the spring had broken, causing the spring and other parts to fall out..


Post# 90883 , Reply# 2   2/7/2010 at 08:21 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
hmmm, where to find a suitable bit of plastic?

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Thought to start with that this plant label would be suitable..

WRONG! The plastic turned out to be too brittle, so in the end I used some blue plastic off a Nat West Bank Ring Binder!

Well, it was the right thickness and a lot more flexible than the plant label...but this picture showing the label gives you the general idea. I drew around the damaged insulator onto the new plastic, using the original insulator as a template, then adding on a bit by guesswork!

Stephen


Post# 90886 , Reply# 3   2/7/2010 at 08:31 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Good Runner!

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The motor runs surprisingly well for such an old machine, bearing in mind that the commutator looked a bit dirty and that the brushes had been turned round by 90 degrees, one of them a little burned on one of the faces..

I turned the brushes round before I started it up.

The only other thing I had to do was to flick the switch a few times and clean up the prongs protruding from the motor casing, where a previous owner has fitted a Black and Decker connector to get the thing going! This obviously isn't the right one and the prongs are smaller than the sockets but the side of the sockets bear on the prongs when connected. However, on one occasion when it refused to start, it appeared to be making a bad connection here.


Post# 90887 , Reply# 4   2/7/2010 at 08:31 (3,540 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I like where this is going, Stephen. Necessity is a harsh Mother but she spurs creative thinking and innovation. Carry on, then...

Dave


Post# 90888 , Reply# 5   2/7/2010 at 08:36 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Frayed cable?

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The frayed cable was my doing, since I was in a rush to get the Black and decker connector back together after doing a few continuity checks and jammed part of the cloth covering, tearing it a little. I'll sort that out later.

Here's another close-up picture with the machine running. I was trying to show the sparking and there is a small amount, which is normal but here I can't see anything in the picture!


Post# 90890 , Reply# 6   2/7/2010 at 08:42 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
A 900 series duo 'get-together'

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Here are my 900 and 925 doing a bit of Hoovering together..

Ever tried using two Hoovers at once?


Post# 90891 , Reply# 7   2/7/2010 at 08:44 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        

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Here's another picture

Post# 90892 , Reply# 8   2/7/2010 at 08:47 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
and as for trying to get some sleep...

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Quick clean up and polishing session on my bed...

Post# 90893 , Reply# 9   2/7/2010 at 08:55 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
and as for the corridors, there's no escape route...

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The 575 with the chassis painted grey at the back is an American version and came from Marty Kaplan.

I can also spot a Vacuette, Eureka and an unusual British stick cleaner, called an Excelsior.


Post# 90895 , Reply# 10   2/7/2010 at 09:01 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Yet another corridor cluttered up!

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Here's a 652 I could probably do with selling, along with an Electrolux 502S and a Hoover Ranger U4014. There's also another (I've got about 4) Hoover 425, which I've got going; it runs well but wants a bit of TLC.



Post# 90896 , Reply# 11   2/7/2010 at 09:04 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
and another!

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Yet another narrow corridor - just how do I get past?

Post# 90937 , Reply# 12   2/7/2010 at 12:42 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Another Hoover corner, where a junior 1346 and a Morphy Rich

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Here's my mum's Hoover and also a Morphy Richards, which a guy at work gave me recently.

Post# 90938 , Reply# 13   2/7/2010 at 12:45 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
and now for a few more photos!

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Here's the Hoover 102 alongside a Hoover Special, no doubt rebuilt many years ago at North Canton

Post# 90939 , Reply# 14   2/7/2010 at 12:54 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
View with the other machine running, sorry no 110 volt two-w

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I got the special running by re-wiring it and also replaced the carbons, one of which was worn down to about 1mm or less!..so that was going to go any time.

One of the wheels was worn flat, due to it being seized on its shaft - will folk ever learn to oil them? The front wheel shafts had been replaced with bolts, which weren't big enough, so I found some better ones and got rid of most of the wobble.

I made up a crude temporary bottom plate, since that was missing; I'll probably have to look into getting some of them made eventually.

At some stage I hope to get round to repainting the chassis but don't want to overdo it.


Post# 90946 , Reply# 15   2/7/2010 at 14:44 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Premier Duplex

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I was pleased to recently find this Premier Duplex cleaner to complement my Premier Junior.

This appears to be a slightly later model than the Junior, since the wheels are not in line with the nozzle but behind it. Also, the bag looks like it's for a later model Premier, though it certainly looks the part and has the same fitting.


Post# 90947 , Reply# 16   2/7/2010 at 14:47 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
2nd picture

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Here's another view

Post# 90948 , Reply# 17   2/7/2010 at 14:50 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
3rd picture

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and another

Post# 90949 , Reply# 18   2/7/2010 at 14:55 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
oh and I nearly forgot, what did I do with the plastic from

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That's right I repaired a switch with it!

Post# 90950 , Reply# 19   2/7/2010 at 15:00 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
GEC Magnet

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Here's my GEC Magnet. This is quite an unusual machine to find in the UK. I believe that Jack used to have one and sold it. Possibly, it is even the same one, though I didn't buy it from him.

The switch is operated automatically when the handle is lowered.

The machine runs well and has been re-bristled at some stage. I was lucky to spot a bolt lossening on the rear wheel mounting, before it came undone inside the motor..


Post# 90951 , Reply# 20   2/7/2010 at 15:02 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
2nd view

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Showing the side and rear of the machine

Post# 90952 , Reply# 21   2/7/2010 at 15:07 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Bag Logo

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This view shows the writing on the bag. I also have a smaller GEC upright, with tubular motor housing (like on the Hoover 370), which has a similar bag and logo and another one with a motor casing more in the style of a 115/119.

Post# 90953 , Reply# 22   2/7/2010 at 15:09 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
close-up of lower front

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showing the front and badge

Post# 90954 , Reply# 23   2/7/2010 at 15:12 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Hoover 370

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Here's a picture of my hoover 370, with its original Jubilee Bag

Post# 90955 , Reply# 24   2/7/2010 at 15:14 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
2nd picture

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Here's another view

Post# 90956 , Reply# 25   2/7/2010 at 15:14 (3,540 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Whoa, cool vacs!

Post# 90957 , Reply# 26   2/7/2010 at 15:16 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Bag Logo

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close up of Bag Logo

Post# 90958 , Reply# 27   2/7/2010 at 15:20 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
and now for a Goblin Duo..

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They're looking for their mate to join in i.e the old wizard model 31, with the little round knob on the end of the handle..and his friend, the model 30..maybe next week..

Post# 90959 , Reply# 28   2/7/2010 at 15:29 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Westinghouse bag?

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In the meantime, teddy is looking for a bag for his Westinghouse vacuum cleaner.

This is a 240 volt model but I'm unsure whether anything similar was made in the US.

If nothing materialises I think I'll eventually try to bend a piece of aluminium to form some kind of tube and make some suitable slots and protrusions, in order to screw the flange onto the chassis and secure a bag onto the flange, which will have to be tailored to fit.

Any ideas? There's no rush..but Teddy doesn't want to choke on dust..

Stephen


Post# 90961 , Reply# 29   2/7/2010 at 15:56 (3,540 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Nathaniel

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Glad you like the vacs - I certainly do!

Post# 90979 , Reply# 30   2/7/2010 at 20:10 (3,540 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
These are great

Especially the Goblins, that is something you never see in the U S !!!

Post# 90982 , Reply# 31   2/7/2010 at 20:17 (3,540 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

What wonderful machines - the Hoover 925 is my favorite of the "coffee can" series. It's an absolutely stunning machine.

And OMG - that Westinghouse ... does it have a cord reel in the handle? I thought only Singer and Hoover ever did that (with vintage machines, I mean). Wow, what a discovery!

Thanks for sharing these great photos!!


Post# 91207 , Reply# 32   2/10/2010 at 16:28 (3,537 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Thanks Guys!

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Dave, Hans & Charles,

Thanks for the comments!

I'm glad you like the machines and my attempts to improvise.

Sorry for the slow reply but I've been on 12 hour shifts for the last three days so I'm getting home rather tired to check emails...but at least I'm off tomorrow!

I could have fitted a non-standard switch on the first machine shown above (don't know its name yet!) but wanted to keep it as original as possible, bearing in mind it's for my own collection.

Charles, the Westinghouse was indeed a splendid find and runs well with a very decent suction, which is especially good without the missing bag!
It's the only one I've seen of this type.

Stephen


Post# 91209 , Reply# 33   2/10/2010 at 16:41 (3,537 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Forgot to mention..

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Charles I forgot to mention that the Westinghouse machine does have a cord reel in the handle and that the flex retracts when you pull on the string.

Stephen


Post# 92541 , Reply# 34   3/1/2010 at 14:23 (3,518 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
picture of badge on cord reel

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Here's the badge on the Westinghouse cord reel

Post# 92543 , Reply# 35   3/1/2010 at 14:27 (3,518 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Here's another view.

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Showing a view from further back

Post# 92545 , Reply# 36   3/1/2010 at 14:30 (3,518 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
showing badge - rear of motor

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Here's the badge at the rear, sorry it hasn't come out too well..

Post# 92546 , Reply# 37   3/1/2010 at 14:33 (3,518 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Unusual geared height-adjuster

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The front wheel axle sports an unusual and somewhat over-engineered geared height adjuster mechanism.




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