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A Chrome and Candy Apple Red Jewel From The 50's.....
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Post# 98575   5/18/2010 at 20:41 (3,672 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        

Doesn't this thing look like a late 50's Cadillac? It does to me, which is one reason why I just bought it off of eBay, the color and style got me too. The first photos are of the machine that I won, the last picture is of one that's currently listed on eBay as a buy it now (the rug tool is listed separate, how cheap!). I like the script on mine better, especially the "V" logo, not to mention it has a thicker, white bumper with "fins". And obviously it's in much better condition.

Would anybody happen to have a crevice tool or dusting brush for this? I might have to find some metallic red paint at the hobby shop and find suitable vintage tools to paint.





Post# 98578 , Reply# 1   5/18/2010 at 20:43 (3,672 days old) by scvacuumguy (SC)        

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You should buy a matching 1959 Eldorado rag top convertible to go with the machine.

Post# 98581 , Reply# 2   5/18/2010 at 20:45 (3,672 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        
Oh yes....

Someday I'll have one, a hard top would be fine too.

Post# 98589 , Reply# 3   5/18/2010 at 21:40 (3,672 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Alex, welcome to the world of Atlas ownership! As you can imagine, this machine was the Belle-of-the ball when I introduced her to my friends at the motorcycle shop where I get all of my re-chroming done. They have a picture of it in their shop, and many people have asked about it!

It is a wonderful conversation piece.

I restored mine two years ago. It has nine coats of primer, ground color, candy-apple metallic effect followed with three coats of clear acrylic lacquer.

Good job! Nice price.....and made by a company loved by all...

Post# 98591 , Reply# 4   5/18/2010 at 21:41 (3,672 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

No. 2

Post# 98592 , Reply# 5   5/18/2010 at 21:44 (3,672 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I don't know why.....

But Halogen bulbs make it look orange....It's deep, deep red in person.

Post# 98593 , Reply# 6   5/18/2010 at 21:48 (3,672 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Gotta love the single exhaust coming out the back!



Post# 98599 , Reply# 7   5/18/2010 at 22:29 (3,672 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Congratulations, Alex. What a stunner.

I certainly hope you get the one in the top three pictures and not the 4th one. Oh, that's not an Isoldit photo. Whew! :-)

Here's what the Compact might have looked like had IEC accepted this design study in the '60s.


Post# 98609 , Reply# 8   5/19/2010 at 00:12 (3,672 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Dave!!!! I'm surprised at you. Going for an American version when Eatons had the same machine under the Viking name ;)

Post# 98610 , Reply# 9   5/19/2010 at 00:15 (3,672 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        
There's a pattern!

I'm missing the dusting brush and crevice tool.

Rick is missing the dusting brush and crevice tool.

Now Doug is missing the dusting brush and crevice tool!

Post# 98614 , Reply# 10   5/19/2010 at 06:30 (3,671 days old) by kenkart ()        
That is a ....

Product of Universal!!!

Post# 98625 , Reply# 11   5/19/2010 at 09:42 (3,671 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Look familiar

Post# 98766 , Reply# 12   5/21/2010 at 16:13 (3,669 days old) by rexaird ()        

The dusting brush and crevice tool for that were gray I believe, or the few I've seen were.

Post# 98847 , Reply# 13   5/22/2010 at 14:15 (3,668 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Dusting brush and crevice tool were gray!

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Hey guys,

Let's try this again: Here is my Atlas.

Dusting brush is rubber and the crevice tool is plastic.
Love the design; did not clean very well!


Post# 98848 , Reply# 14   5/22/2010 at 14:19 (3,668 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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more pictures

Post# 98849 , Reply# 15   5/22/2010 at 14:20 (3,668 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        

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one last one

Post# 98853 , Reply# 16   5/22/2010 at 14:53 (3,668 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Ken -

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Were you the person I sold that to? I can't remember who got mine.....JL

Post# 98881 , Reply# 17   5/22/2010 at 21:26 (3,668 days old) by westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, 13 miles due north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Hi John,

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Yes, you sold the Atlas to me back in 2003. This is one of my favorite machines to look at!


Post# 98929 , Reply# 18   5/23/2010 at 16:02 (3,667 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
It's quite a work of art

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isn't it, Ken? I think the designers were smoking some funny stuff when they put that one on the drawing board!

Post# 98939 , Reply# 19   5/23/2010 at 19:47 (3,667 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I think the designers were smoking some funny stuff when they put that one on the drawing board!

heheh, along with the designers of the Haley's Comet, Sunbeam "Flower Power" tank, Bison, Royal PowerCast, etc etc etc

Hey, here's a fun topic (I hope!) ... we've talked to death our "favorite" machines or the ones we consider the most beautiful ... how about the ugly ducklings?! What's your vote for the ugliest vacuum cleaner of all time? The strangest? The worst-performer?


Post# 99034 , Reply# 20   5/24/2010 at 21:44 (3,666 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

The Atlas in it's final form (as above) is really just a chromed up version of the Jet99. While I'm very partial to the manufacturer, honestly - it's really just a novelty. It's completely designed for a GUY too! Which is strange...unless I'm wrong, they were badged Atlas for the Atlas sewing and vacuum centers, and if I'm not wrong again those are all gone now.

Perhaps the little woman felt that she could sell the idea of a new vacuum to the old man if she drug him down to Atlas's and he saw the fins, the chromed exhaust pipe, the sleek fenders over the wheels, etc. It really looks like the car he wants but can't afford because the wife is constantly wanting a new this or that.

One trick I have learned with the Jet99/Atlas machines to improve "suction" - shorten the cloth bag. When I restored both of my machines, I took some measurements and shortened the bag by about 1 1/2 inches. I think the bag covers the inlet when only just beginning to fill. These machines actually had good suction. They pulled something like 1145 on the vacutronic thingy. But unlike say - Electrolux where the airflow is channeled all around the bag on all five sides, (paper bag machines), these fed from the bottom only. Shortening the bag doesn't allow it to cover up the inlet and the bag is drawn tight within the chamber and air can flow through much more area.

As far as ugly, can't say. Most new stuff to me is. I will comment on the Lux AF though. They had the AE which was quite stylish in blue hammertone, then the AF, then of course came the super-fantastic gorgeous G. With it's metal weird (to me) anti-tip over device, and plain paint job...the AF is kinda a step backwards styling wise.

Post# 99035 , Reply# 21   5/24/2010 at 21:48 (3,666 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

The above opinions are mine and should not be considered as anything but opinions. One may or may not agree with the aforementioned opinions. They are only opinions.

Except the part about the super-fantastic gorgeous Lux G.

That is a fact.


Post# 99039 , Reply# 22   5/24/2010 at 22:53 (3,666 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I absolutely concur with everything you are saying Rick, but do you mean the Atlas/Jet99 cloth bag touches bottom in some kind of inner chamber 'can' with a bottom central duct leading back to the fans??? Does the Atlas also use paper liner bags?

Never having seen one I always figured it was configured like a Compact, with the bag hanging suspended in a large open chamber with the fan inlet off to the side (since the Compact motor/fan unit is mounted deep in the posterior region of the pig, facing the back end exhaust) with no possibility of the suspended bag contacting any surface. Indeed, the Compact - and Haleys Comet - legendary no loss of suction is achieved exactly as you describe - airflow passing through the paper liner and cloth bag from all sides. One important function of the cloth bag is to keep the paper liner from rupturing under the +80".

Most vintage cylinder vacuums with circular cloth bags such as Lux 30s, Westinghouse, Hoover, Filtex, Monitor, Kingston, Mayer, GE, Premier, and so on have chamber interiors larger and longer that the bag which under power keeps the bag 'inflated' from touching any of the walls.

A picture down inside the Atlas bag chamber would be ever so helpful in learnin' me sumthin' new.


Post# 99047 , Reply# 23   5/25/2010 at 06:30 (3,665 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Yeah, they were quite different than the compacts....

Here's a picture of the bag chamber inside my Jet99, showing the bag still filled with Kapok from the 2008 Convention!

Post# 99048 , Reply# 24   5/25/2010 at 06:32 (3,665 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

In this view, you can see the ribs intended to direct air around the bag - provided the bag didn't cover up the filter and suction inlet at the bottom.

Post# 99049 , Reply# 25   5/25/2010 at 06:53 (3,665 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Wonderful and revealing explainatory photo, Rick.

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Mm, those shallow softly rounded ribs can't make much of an impression since the cloth bag would hug them with ease. Oh wait, the kapok stuffed bag appears to taper away from the sides? Nevermind the ribs but obviously if the bag touches bottom yer right back where ya started.

Now, if that can was perforated like an Air-Way...but I suppose that would have gotten them into patent infringement territory.


Post# 99069 , Reply# 26   5/25/2010 at 12:04 (3,665 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Now, if that can was perforated like an Air-Way...but I suppose that would have gotten them into patent infringement territory.

Do you think so? I wonder, since Electrolux bag cages were made in the same way from the LX to the G -- perforated with many holes to distribute airflow all around the bag.

Too bad the idea worked better in principle than in actuality -- all Electrolux users know how quickly the bags (especially paper) clog up very quickly because the dirt clumps together at the bottom of the bag nearest the suction fans.

Post# 99082 , Reply# 27   5/25/2010 at 14:48 (3,665 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Poor little Kapok, killed to illustrate a point :(

Post# 99129 , Reply# 28   5/25/2010 at 22:35 (3,665 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

I didn't kill the Kapok, I hope you know that. It was smeared all over the test carpet at the convention. People were laughing and pointing at it. THAT was heartless. I felt it was the most humane thing to do....vacuum it up and put it out of it's misery.

There was also some rice on the test carpet. I vacuumed it up just to show my impartiality. But really....who cares about rice? I threw that away....


Post# 100281 , Reply# 29   6/8/2010 at 22:35 (3,651 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Guys. The Canadian version (Viking) had a red fiber crevice tool. I havnt seen what the dusting brush was like though.


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