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Another very rare bird goes for peanuts
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Post# 98576   5/18/2010 at 20:42 (3,667 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

IIRC, the last Atlas on eBay went for some insane crazy amount. Wonder what's up now -- has the saturation level of old vacuum cleaners finally met its peak, or is the in-the-toilet economy discouraging people from frivolous purchases, or ??

I was very surprised by this.

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Post# 98579 , Reply# 1   5/18/2010 at 20:44 (3,667 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        

See my thread...

Post# 98586 , Reply# 2   5/18/2010 at 21:14 (3,667 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Well, I'm glad to know a collector got it instead of some jerk who wants to use it for vacuuming out his car!

The one in the bottom photo is a different model -- it's not the over-the-top Atlas.

I have one too, but it doesn't have the original hose.

Post# 100703 , Reply# 3   6/14/2010 at 01:49 (3,641 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

glorius vac

Post# 100704 , Reply# 4   6/14/2010 at 01:51 (3,641 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hey Christine, good to hear from you!! :)

Post# 102725 , Reply# 5   7/7/2010 at 00:21 (3,618 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        
hi charlie

most of my vacs r gone
donated by necessity to free up space..something we all must face..oh well summer is just slipping by

Post# 102733 , Reply# 6   7/7/2010 at 06:30 (3,618 days old) by deliriousdan ()        

Did anyone notice the nameplate? New Britain was misspelled...

Post# 102773 , Reply# 7   7/7/2010 at 16:01 (3,617 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

What an amazing eye you have!!! I just checked mine and it's spelled wrong on there too!!!

That is too freakin' funny!!!!

I'll be darned......


Post# 102774 , Reply# 8   7/7/2010 at 16:02 (3,617 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

send it back Alex.....

Post# 102867 , Reply# 9   7/8/2010 at 12:59 (3,617 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Are these really that rare?

They seem to popping up almost weekly. Is it just coincidence that two should appear in a week? Or are there a lot of these floating around, waiting to be restored?


Post# 102871 , Reply# 10   7/8/2010 at 13:28 (3,617 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I've only seen a few of them in my lifetime, so I believe it's quite a rare machine. But Crevicetool would know more about that.

Post# 102877 , Reply# 11   7/8/2010 at 14:56 (3,617 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Can't you just see a fleet of those Atlases being used to vacuum the lobby of the Fontanbleau? Mrs. America vacuuming her Mid-Century ranch living room in her ballerina length strapless formal? Oh for fun!!

Post# 102939 , Reply# 12   7/9/2010 at 23:38 (3,615 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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How come there's no mention in that ad of Landers Frary & Clark or Universal? Very strange.....

Post# 103053 , Reply# 13   7/11/2010 at 11:25 (3,614 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Thanks to Toby - he loaned me his manual for his President tank cleaner - those were built for the State Vacuum companies in the south east. One of which is still in business in Tampa Florida.

I have a Super Chief, identical to the President, which I think was built by LF&C for a department store chain (only guessing here). Doug in Canada has examples of the same line of machines branded under a different name which escapes me at the moment.

In the cases of President and Super Chief, the tag on the bottom of the machine says "motor built by Landers, Frary and Clark. On the bottom of the Atlas, the tag reads "Manufactured by Landers, Frary and Clark. I knew for a while that they built the Atlas for the sewing machine store chain.

In the manuals for any of the above machines, Universal is never mentioned at all, and if the customer requires service or parts - they are merely instructed to see their dealer. In my Universal manuals, the trademark is present almost every other word.

Such as "insert your Universal's hose into the Universal wand with a slight twist and press the switch located on the top of your Universal with a touch of the toe"...


Post# 103072 , Reply# 14   7/11/2010 at 15:23 (3,614 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
So, what's inside of this big, bulky red bread box of a

Is there any sound deadening motor insulation? Are there exhaust/noise baffles within the case? Or, is it just an empty box with a motor, bag chamber, and an exhaust outlet, similar to a Compact?
It seems odd that they could command that amount of money for a machine whose only differences from the BOL model were cosmetic. (Not that I am trying to talk down these machines. TAIL FINS! What a hot mess!)


Post# 103075 , Reply# 15   7/11/2010 at 16:19 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Here's the differences between the Universal Jet99 and the Atlas.
Here's photos of my two examples during the rebuilding...

Jet99 before... It don't look too bad here...

Post# 103076 , Reply# 16   7/11/2010 at 16:21 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

It was the inside that was a wreck! That first photo never gets big for what ever reason....

This thing was sitting in water. It was still damp when it arrived. But it ran.

Post# 103077 , Reply# 17   7/11/2010 at 16:23 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

After rebuilding: There is an inner-chamber...

Post# 103080 , Reply# 18   7/11/2010 at 16:28 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Then there's an outer cover/motor mount. There is NO insulating blanket, but the exhaust is delivered opposite of the outlet in the first cover. The sound level is about that of an Electrolux Super J. But the motor is a lot bigger, with 5" fans. It pulls about 67 on the Suck-O-Meter. The bottom of the motor is a rubber mount/gasket.

Post# 103081 , Reply# 19   7/11/2010 at 16:31 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

In this shot you can see the "false bottom" that directs the airflow to the bag chamber. Also shown is the top rubber motor mount.

Post# 103082 , Reply# 20   7/11/2010 at 16:32 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Bag chamber attached. Again a little picture. Must have been with my old camera.

Post# 103083 , Reply# 21   7/11/2010 at 16:39 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
In the Atlas.....

And the Whirlwind (whoops - a name I forgot about) - the motor sits conventionally, and there is duct-work for the inlet to the bag chamber. The gasket at this end is also the motor mount. The rear mount (cheap in my opinion) also prevents the motor from turning. There is a gasket at the top end of the bag chamber where it seats against the bread-box top cover. There is also a gasket between the two halves. NO baffling NO insulating blanket. The entire body is filled with exhaust until it finally exits at the blower port.The machine is quite loud.

Post# 103084 , Reply# 22   7/11/2010 at 16:41 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Completed machines: After......Jet99

Post# 103085 , Reply# 23   7/11/2010 at 16:42 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

And the Atlas.

Post# 103086 , Reply# 24   7/11/2010 at 16:45 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

This is a picture of me when I was 18 with my 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sport Sedan after I brought it home.

Post# 103087 , Reply# 25   7/11/2010 at 16:46 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

yeah I know, what does that have to do with vacuum cleaners...

Post# 103096 , Reply# 26   7/11/2010 at 19:01 (3,613 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
John Denver!!!

Works for me!

Post# 103099 , Reply# 27   7/11/2010 at 19:27 (3,613 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Wow Rick! Great work on both machines!

and, Thank you for the tutorial and slide show!.

So, as I understand it now, the Jet 99 was better built, more quiet, and less expensive than the Atlas?

That's a great car! Do you still have it?


Post# 103104 , Reply# 28   7/11/2010 at 20:42 (3,613 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Take me home, country roads
To the place I belong
West Virgina, Mountain Mama
Take me home, country roads

Post# 103105 , Reply# 29   7/11/2010 at 21:23 (3,613 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Personally, I think he resembles Elijah Blue. Rick, do you have a famous Mama?

Post# 103108 , Reply# 30   7/11/2010 at 21:30 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

That was my school hair cut. In the summers it was past my shoulders. I was also 6' tall then and 168 lbs. As to whether or not I sill have the car let me put it this way....

1. Car gone.

2, Hair gone.

3. Blondness Gone.

4. Now 5'11" so height gone.

5. At 187 lbs cute figure gone.

At least still I've still got a great memory.

Michael, what was your question?

Oh yeah. Jet99's were less expensive than Whirlwinds, Reginas, and Atlas.


Post# 103109 , Reply# 31   7/11/2010 at 21:40 (3,613 days old) by luxg ()        

Rick, thanks for sharing those great pictures! The finish on that Atlas is fantastic! Did you also restore the 41 Chevy?


Post# 103111 , Reply# 32   7/11/2010 at 21:55 (3,613 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

No Terry, that car was a money pit back when I had none. I did finish the body work and the interior for the most part, but never painted it beyond primer. My Dad gave the car away after I was no longer interested in it.

Funny story about the radio in that car. I brought the radio in the house to fix it. We lived next door to a TV repair shop and I got the tubes tested/replaced and a new vibrator.

I was at the kitchen table with it wired to a six volt car battery charger. I said to my Mom, when I get this working, wouldn't it be funny if old music came out of it.

Well, the vibrator fired up, the tubes lit up, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was the first thing that radio played after who knows how many years....

Bette Midler....NOT the Andrews Sisters. My Mom just about fainted though.

I used to be able to sing (full voiced)falsetto and sound just like Patty Andrews BTW.


6. Voice gone too.


Post# 103112 , Reply# 33   7/11/2010 at 22:04 (3,613 days old) by westingman123 ()        

So, did you name the Chevy Christine?

Post# 103122 , Reply# 34   7/11/2010 at 23:51 (3,613 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Hey Rick -

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Love the old picture - I'd say the resemblance is closer to Jackson Browne, but just my opinion.

And, sorry about your loss of #s 1 through 6, but you have other charms...........

Post# 104533 , Reply# 35   7/28/2010 at 15:24 (3,597 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Well! Now these are just getting down right common!

Another one? Its missing it's rubber bumper and original tools. With all these deeply closeted Atlas'are coming out now; I don't know what to think!


Post# 104537 , Reply# 36   7/28/2010 at 16:15 (3,596 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
OK, - ya caught me......

I've been crankin' these puppies out in my garage. I bought the original dies and foundry molds from Landers in 1964. What you are seeing come up on EBay so often now are machines that I am building in my garage then scratching them up, giving them an acid bath and hittin' 'em with a ball-peen hammer just a little to make them look vintage. Once a year I trek across the country with 18-20 them in the van, and drop them off in peoples front yards at night. Somehow they make it on EBay.

So, you're welcome in advance if you should happen to win one.

Mine are the ones with New Britain spelled incorrectly. That way you can tell an original from the knock-offs.


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