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Post# 97243   4/28/2010 at 18:53 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

I've F I N A L L Y finished restoring the last two of what started out as five Hoover 63s. They've both been completely cleaned, rebuilt and refinished. All wearable parts have been replaced.

The machine on the left has an original bag that has been cleaned, carefully mended and given fresh graphics. The machine on the right has a completely new bag made with a combination of two different light weight denim fabrics. These provided the closest match to the original satin finished cotton. Graphics were made with iron-on transfer medium except for the circle logo on the original bag, which is hand embroidered.

Both have vintage replacement cords in very good to excellent condition.

A hose converter comes with each machine.

If anybody is interested in adopting one of these babies, please email me directly.


Marty Kaplan

Post# 97244 , Reply# 1   4/28/2010 at 18:54 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
More 63 Pics

Motors running

Post# 97245 , Reply# 2   4/28/2010 at 18:55 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Rear view

Post# 97246 , Reply# 3   4/28/2010 at 18:56 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Embroidered circle logo

Post# 97247 , Reply# 4   4/28/2010 at 18:57 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
Denim Bag

Iron-on circle logo

Post# 97248 , Reply# 5   4/28/2010 at 18:57 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
More Details

Original Bag Front

Post# 97249 , Reply# 6   4/28/2010 at 18:58 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Denim bag front

Post# 97250 , Reply# 7   4/28/2010 at 18:59 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Machine with original bag

Post# 97251 , Reply# 8   4/28/2010 at 19:01 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Machine with denim bag . . . They're both quite identical.

That's all for now. Thanks,


Post# 97252 , Reply# 9   4/28/2010 at 19:09 (3,689 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Marty those have to be the most beautiful restored machines I have ever seen. and the Denim bag... Now that is classy, Looks so original even with the iron on letters and logo. I would buy one in less than a second if I had the money to afford it.
Great Job!!!!!!

Post# 97254 , Reply# 10   4/28/2010 at 20:30 (3,689 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I am beyond

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impressed! Nice job.

Post# 97276 , Reply# 11   4/28/2010 at 21:11 (3,689 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        

The 63's look great.

Now that Lark in the background is pretty radical. You gotta give is the story on that one, it looks cool.


Post# 97280 , Reply# 12   4/28/2010 at 22:26 (3,689 days old) by luxg ()        
Wow Marty!

What a fantastic job!!! They look showroom new! Looking forward to seeing you at the convention.


Post# 97283 , Reply# 13   4/28/2010 at 22:56 (3,689 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Marty & the Hoovers...

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Hello Marty. I have to say, I am impressed with the restorations; especially as I am a collector of the 'other' brands. Nice job, well done!

Cheers & hagn all.


Post# 97284 , Reply# 14   4/28/2010 at 23:45 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
That Lark

Fellow collector and dear friend, John Pease gave me a model 12 Lark several months ago. It was in need of some serious TLC.

The cord was brown AACK!, the bag was in a bad way, the little ball for the switch was missing. The entire rear cover plate for the switch was missing too, but we had found a replacement but were holding off installing it until we found a ball that would fit.

I finally pulled together all the parts I needed but none of them were the right color for the deep red and gray model 12. I had a perfect, light blue NOS bag for a 14, a white vinyl cord support and the rear cover plate was white as well.

The entire machine needed to be repainted so, on a whim, I decided to try my hand at a fun and wacky pattern that pulled all those colors together.

It's my new favorite toy! Now I'm on the hunt for the tool converter and the little plastic handle grip piece that attaches to the cross section of the handle bail.

Post# 97285 , Reply# 15   4/28/2010 at 23:46 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Wacky Lark 2

Post# 97286 , Reply# 16   4/28/2010 at 23:47 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Wacky Lark 3

Post# 97287 , Reply# 17   4/28/2010 at 23:48 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Wacky Lark 4

Post# 97288 , Reply# 18   4/28/2010 at 23:49 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Wacky Lark Running

Post# 97289 , Reply# 19   4/29/2010 at 05:17 (3,689 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        
How about BEAUTIFUL Kirby!

sitting behind the Hoover 115,what model is it and is it for sale?

Post# 97290 , Reply# 20   4/29/2010 at 06:47 (3,689 days old) by aussie-plugs (Sydney, Australia)        
What can one say ...

absolutely beautiful work ... both the 63's and the Lark!

Post# 97291 , Reply# 21   4/29/2010 at 06:50 (3,689 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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WOW! You need to hang a shingle and open up for business!

To have your talent!

Hope to see you at the convention


Post# 97294 , Reply# 22   4/29/2010 at 07:48 (3,689 days old) by scvacuumguy (SC)        

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Beyond impressed on all three vacuum cleaners. Marty, I assume you hand stitched the new bag and did the embroidery yourself- kudos to your wonderful talent! If only more people could look at that bag and be completely impressed.

Also love the wacky Lark pattern- another severe dose of creativity!


Post# 97295 , Reply# 23   4/29/2010 at 08:46 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

That's a Kirby 515, one of my favorites. I'll show you more pics as soon as I have it reassembled. I took a notion to dismantle it late yesterday to give the motor the full "treatment."

Post# 97296 , Reply# 24   4/29/2010 at 08:50 (3,689 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Thank you for all of your kind words. What a nice group of people we have here!

Morgan - the embroidered logo is hand stitched. In fact, I used the machine to sew up the denim bag...not necessarily easier than hand sewing, but definitely faster.

Post# 97297 , Reply# 25   4/29/2010 at 08:52 (3,689 days old) by xraytech ()        

Great work Marty. If I could I would love to own one of your restored masterpieces.

Just wondering, would you be willing to make and sell me a bag for my 63?


Post# 97304 , Reply# 26   4/29/2010 at 10:36 (3,689 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

As the proud owner of one of Mr. Kaplan's restored model 63's, I can tell you firsthand it really is like getting a factory fresh Hoover! Never before have I seen such a thorough restoration. The hours he spends lovingly restoring these cleaners really shows through in his work. I'm especially impressed with the denim bag that he fabricated from scratch. I hope these two find good homes with club members.

- Karl

Post# 97318 , Reply# 27   4/29/2010 at 15:03 (3,688 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
I also have one of his restorations!

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A restored Hoover model 575.

Post# 97323 , Reply# 28   4/29/2010 at 18:03 (3,688 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Marty.....To partially steal John's words......

I'm impressed. Not beyond impressed - I've seen your work before. Wonderful job on the Hoovers. They look as if they are being taken out of the box for the first time and being demonstrated for prospective buyers!

Great job!

ps. The wacky machine is way cool!

Post# 97333 , Reply# 29   4/29/2010 at 19:52 (3,688 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Wow! Who knew the VCCC was so good for one's self esteem! I'm glad you all like my toys.

Post# 97340 , Reply# 30   4/29/2010 at 20:54 (3,688 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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They are both ABSOLUTELY beautiful! they look brand new! I was just wondering how much one of them is worth?

Post# 97343 , Reply# 31   4/29/2010 at 21:19 (3,688 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
Not just a Hoover guru...

I am fortunate to call Marty a friend, live in the same city, and own quite a few vacs that have spent time at "The Marty Kaplan Vac Spa", and they come back "factory-fresh"! My Singer S2 was also a project he took on, and it's like new again, so he's just not about Hoover, he just knows his s--t!

Post# 97362 , Reply# 32   4/29/2010 at 23:47 (3,688 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Excellent Work, Marty!!

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What a beautiful pair of 63's! Congratulations on a job well done!

Post# 97364 , Reply# 33   4/30/2010 at 01:23 (3,688 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Just beautiful, Marty -

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I can imagine how much work that bag took, and the painstaking work of re-creating the front letters. Great craftsmanship. And that Lark - this could turn into a new trend!

Post# 97392 , Reply# 34   4/30/2010 at 12:24 (3,688 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The Hoover Lark reminds me of a bunch of old Electroluxes that a man did up in fun colors some years ago. One in particular that stands out was a red, white and blue "patriotic" XII. If I recall correctly, those "fashion makeovers" infuriated a certain club member to no end.......!

btw Fabulous job on the 63s, Marty. That's a beautiful machine in its own right -- it's nice to see such loving care lavished onto these specimens.

Post# 97393 , Reply# 35   4/30/2010 at 13:01 (3,687 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
Thanks Charlie!

Just last night I was looking at your restoration of the Kirby 508. Beautifully done as always!

It made me realize that I am missing the fiber board baffle that mounts in front of the field coil on the 515 I'm working on right now.

Two questions:

1) Got a spare???

2) Obviously my 515 had been surviving nicely without it for who knows how many decades, so, in your opinion, how important is its presence in the final assembly? I suppose I can try to make one out of sheet paper gasket material but getting it just the right size and shape is going to be a challenge.


Post# 97394 , Reply# 36   4/30/2010 at 13:29 (3,687 days old) by a1945 ()        

I must say those are among the most beautiful Hoovers I have ever seen

Post# 97396 , Reply# 37   4/30/2010 at 13:59 (3,687 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Marty, that gasket helps keeps schmutz out of the motor, so it's pretty important. I don't have any spares but someone might, or you could make one from thin cardboard.

Post# 97451 , Reply# 38   4/30/2010 at 22:47 (3,687 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Marty & Kirby 515...

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Hello Marty.

I'm not sure if you are aware that the 'field baffle paper' is still an available part. I will be ordering more, probably next week. They would not be very much cost-wise for you, just let me know.

You do great work Marty; however, if it's still available for sale?!?!?!? LOL

Hope this helps.

Cheers & hagn all.


Post# 97457 , Reply# 39   4/30/2010 at 23:26 (3,687 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Hi Bill:

Sorry, that 515 is not for sale!

First, I checked my usual sources and they didn't have the part.

Then I decided to email the Kirby rebuild service since I knew they'd have to have it. Here's their response:

We do not sell the internal parts, you can have it rebuilt by us if you would like. The cost of the rebuild would be $350.00 plus tax and shiipping both ways. If you are interested please contact us at (800) 437-7170.

Thank you."

Interesting bit of information, but NOT what I was looking for!


I took Charlie's advice and made one out of a sheet of fiber gasket material. I think it will do nicely for this project but I WOULD like to have a couple more on hand for future early Kirby restorations.

Please let me know when you get your supply and I would very much like to purchase a couple baffles.

Thank you!


Post# 97460 , Reply# 40   4/30/2010 at 23:42 (3,687 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Marty & supply...

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No problem Marty.

I was meaning the parts for sale vs. making them, even though you are very talented at creating parts & pieces.

If you want to shoot me an email (see profile) with your contact information, I would be more than happy to call you when they come in.



Post# 98366 , Reply# 41   5/15/2010 at 13:21 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        
You asked about that Kirby 515?

It is one of the very favorites of my collection and a highly appreciated birthday present from a dear friend last year. The 515 came to me beautiful and looking like new, fresh from a professional metal polisher's workshop. Now, thanks in part to Bill (a007Kirbyman) for the elusive paper field baffle, it is complete, correct and like new on the insides as well.

Yes, I know the bag is not original, but it is a very nice genuine Kirby replacement.

Here's what I've done to the 515 in the past couple of weeks:

1) Full tear down, detail cleaning and lubrication
2) De-bur edges of fan blades - Otherwise the original fan is in excellent condition.
3) Replace front and rear bearings
4) Resurface commutator and replace carbon brushes
5) Replace brushroll & rug guard gasket
6) Install four matching gray plastic wheels. I've seen the black rubber wheels and the gray plastic on different 515s. Very confusing. I have 4 gray wheels, but only 2 spare blacks . . . decision made.
7) Visor trimmed with my last red NOS replacement
8) Switch the perfect belt lifter from the power polisher to the rug nozzle and vice versa with the less perfect lifter originally on the rug nozzle.

First comes a photo essay of the replacement of the field coil baffle, followed by some serious beefcake!

Post# 98367 , Reply# 42   5/15/2010 at 13:22 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Rear View of Motor Unit

Post# 98368 , Reply# 43   5/15/2010 at 13:23 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Fan housing opened

Post# 98369 , Reply# 44   5/15/2010 at 13:24 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Shaft locked with punch to permit removal of fan

Post# 98370 , Reply# 45   5/15/2010 at 13:26 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Fan removed

Post# 98371 , Reply# 46   5/15/2010 at 13:27 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Front bearing plate removed

Post# 98372 , Reply# 47   5/15/2010 at 13:28 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Carbon Brushes removed

Post# 98373 , Reply# 48   5/15/2010 at 13:29 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Armature pulled

Post# 98374 , Reply# 49   5/15/2010 at 13:31 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Field coil bolts and temporary baffle removed - new, correct baffle in foreground

Post# 98375 , Reply# 50   5/15/2010 at 13:34 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

New baffle installed, armature remounted

Post# 98376 , Reply# 51   5/15/2010 at 13:34 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Beefcake 1

Post# 98377 , Reply# 52   5/15/2010 at 13:36 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Beefcake 2

Post# 98378 , Reply# 53   5/15/2010 at 13:37 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Beefcake 3

Post# 98379 , Reply# 54   5/15/2010 at 13:38 (3,672 days old) by marukap (Saint Louis, MO)        

Beefcake 4

Post# 98382 , Reply# 55   5/15/2010 at 14:50 (3,672 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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Beautiful! It blinds you to look right at it!

Post# 98384 , Reply# 56   5/15/2010 at 17:34 (3,672 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Very, very, very pretty!!!

Post# 98511 , Reply# 57   5/17/2010 at 22:00 (3,670 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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Marty my Darling,

I LOVE all your pics of all the machines! They are really wonderful and I know from seeing your vacuums in the past that they are showroom quality.

I'll never forget how you helped me with the Air-Way Chief in Omaha. We oiled those bearings and that vacuum took off!

I look forward to seeing you soon in Austin and thanks for your great pictures.

Charlie W.

Post# 98538 , Reply# 58   5/18/2010 at 11:10 (3,670 days old) by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Marty & Kirby 515...

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Hello Marty.

I'm glad to see you were able to get the field baffle installed right away. As I've said before, you really do, do a great job on your restorations. L@@Ks fantastic.

I appreciate the business & if I may be of any further assistance wtih parts, don't hesitate to contact me.

Cheers & hagd all,


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