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Post# 105005   8/2/2010 at 15:01 (3,587 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        

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Here is a picture of a Kirby I found at a thrift store last Saturday. I don't know who some people are trying to kid.

Post# 105006 , Reply# 1   8/2/2010 at 15:10 (3,587 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I bet a Vac shop did it.

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When I was a Kirby dealer, I sold the Tradition/Heritage models. The full boat price for a Tradition was $769. We had a vac dealer in the next town that used to advertise brand new current model Kirbys with attachments for $299. One day a lady friend and I paid a visit to this shop and told them we wanted one of the new Kirbys he was advertising. He wheels out an original Classic that had been buffed out and refitted with a blue bag, blue wheels, handle grip, handle fork decal, belt lifter decal, anything that could be blue was blue. He also said that for a few dollars more, we could get a Royal instead.

I can't tell you how many people canceled their machines after reading this guy's ads. Another fair share of them had the ad ready when I arrived to do the demo.

Post# 105008 , Reply# 2   8/2/2010 at 16:17 (3,587 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
A Classic Omega w/ Unfinished Trim

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This is a Classic Omega with partially-replaced trim here and there. All the blue trim you see here is bojack, and I still see some of the Omega's original dark brown trim here.

Post# 105009 , Reply# 3   8/2/2010 at 16:21 (3,587 days old) by joe22 ()        

i see them here every now and then, a classic redone sometime in the past in blue, or red

Post# 105022 , Reply# 4   8/2/2010 at 17:49 (3,587 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Actually, it's a Classic 1 CR

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I thought it was an Omega too at first until I lifted the headlight cap and saw the foot switch in the back. I did remove the nozzle to look at the brush roll, and it was in great shape. Must have been replaced not too long ago. It has the D50/80 style safety switch too. Not a bad machine, but I already have a few Kirbys and don't really need any more.

Post# 105475 , Reply# 5   8/9/2010 at 15:00 (3,580 days old) by kirbyklassic80 ()        
Is there a difference.....

between the classic 1 cr and the omega?

Post# 105548 , Reply# 6   8/10/2010 at 09:15 (3,579 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Big differences ...

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The Classic 1-CR is the first wide nozzle machine Kirby made. It has no scuff plate where the power switch and cord connect to the machine. The head light is still the 110 volt bulb like the previous model Kirbys. Motor wise, it is almost identical to the D-50 and D-80, and uses the same speed selector/safety switch. As a matter of fact, you could swap out the Classic rug nozzle with a D-50 or D-80 nozzle, and it would work just fine. Starting with the Classic Omega 1-CB on, the motor, wiring, head light, and bearings were all redesigned. The head light went to a 12 volt automotive type bulb that got powered by tapping the field coil and was enclosed in a lens assembly. This protected the bulb, and added greater life. Motor bearings are sealed. Speed selector/safety switch was redesigned and lasted through the Tradition without modification (except for that debacle when Kirby tried to move it to the headlight cap on the first run Traditions. Boy what a mess). Heritage through the Legend II marked the next big change in Kirby's design followed by the G series.

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