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Post# 102459   7/3/2010 at 19:20 (3,390 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

I just got this today. I found it advertised in the local classifieds. It is now the oldest vacuum in my collection, and my first coffee can style Hoover.




Post# 102460 , Reply# 1   7/3/2010 at 19:23 (3,390 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Hood shot. It's got a few battle scars from 3/4s of a century of faithful service.

Post# 102461 , Reply# 2   7/3/2010 at 19:25 (3,390 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

I think the bag is original.

Post# 102462 , Reply# 3   7/3/2010 at 19:26 (3,390 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

Bag strap.

Post# 102463 , Reply# 4   7/3/2010 at 19:32 (3,390 days old) by constellation86 (Roy, UT)        

And last the bottom. The brushes are pretty worn. And the wheels are out of round. But it's still all there.
This will have a special place in my collection.
Nicholas
PS Should I worry about greasing the bearings on this? I don't know as much about these older machines.


Post# 102493 , Reply# 5   7/4/2010 at 06:28 (3,389 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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That's wonderful, you are so lucky! I love the look of those models!

Post# 102504 , Reply# 6   7/4/2010 at 12:01 (3,389 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

WOW, what a find! Especially the original bag and strap. Does the strap still roll up into the handle? If so, you would want to preserve that by not putting a strain on it. Otherwise, it will eventually break.

Unbend a large paper clip, then bend each end into a 1/2" length.

Remove the bag from the strap. Slip one end of the paper clip into the strap hook and the other end into the slot on the bag.

This will take the pressure off of the coiled strap.



Post# 102540 , Reply# 7   7/4/2010 at 20:25 (3,389 days old) by kittingerhoover ()        
Strap repair

Does anyone know how to repair the coiled stap once they do break?

Post# 102588 , Reply# 8   7/5/2010 at 12:15 (3,388 days old) by truckerx (Palm Springs, CA)        
Nice 450

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Hi - it's been a while since I was last on here, and I'd like to comment on your new find. Your 450 appears to me to be all original including the bag. The battle scars can be removed if desired. Congratulations !

Post# 102676 , Reply# 9   7/6/2010 at 15:40 (3,387 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Worry?

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You don't say if you have attempted to use the machine and if so what the bearings sound like if it runs or whether the brushroll rotates freely etc?

Nine times out of ten on Hoovers I dismantle the agitators and regrease the bearings using a special grease gun. This also affords me the opportunity to remove any build up of threads that might stall the machine, check the presence/location of the thrust washers and to free off the sweeping brushes! However, in some cases, the bearings can be seized solid in the housings, which are usually rivetted onto the main agitator shell. On occasion I've had to resort to heat to remove the remains of a bearing shell after driving the shaft out of the housing. On the other hand, you may be luckier if the agitator has been regulary serviced.

As for the motor I would exercise discretion; it may not be worth dismantling unless it sounds rough, especially if you're not going to use it much. Ball bearings are used top and bottom (on the 450), which can usually be regreased unless in a bad way.

Stephen





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