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Post# 105208   8/5/2010 at 20:38 (3,361 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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Hello all,

Can one of you possibly help me with one of my recent acquisitions from across the pond? It's a Hoover Junior Deluxe, model U2068.

I need a copy of the instruction manual as well as instructions on how to replace the dirt finder light.

Any information would be most greatly appreciated!

Bill W.
aka tazcatsdad

Post# 105396 , Reply# 1   8/8/2010 at 06:10 (3,358 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Deluxe Dirt Finder Light?

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As far as I'm aware, the Junior Deluxe Model U2068, which was available either in a yellow/black or green/ivory colour scheme, didn't come with a headlight as original equipment. However, the similar looking earlier Hoover Starlight Junior model U2002 did do. This machine was made in either a red/ivory or blue/ivory colour I don't know if you have some sort of hybrid Junior Deluxe/Starlight recon or if it's a Special/Exclusive that I haven't come across. I know that there were one or two of these made.

It's a while since I last stripped one down but on the Starlight, you should be able to access the bulb after removing the motor cover plate, in which case you need to lie the cleaner down flat and remove the cover plate screws and pull the cover off. It should be possible to do this without removing the lower chassis from the machine. The bulb will be a small pygmy type. IIRC, there is a little pivoting reflector shield, which moves as the handle is raised or lowered. This is because the lightbulb is fitted in the lower backbox so the direction of the beam changes with the positioning of the handle!

I don't believe I've ever had any instructions for one.

Oh and similar instructions apply if it's necessary to replace/bypass a blown up capacitor!


Post# 105444 , Reply# 2   8/8/2010 at 21:02 (3,358 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Well, I'll be dipped!

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Stephen, you're absolutely right -- the Junior Deluxe DOESN'T have a light! When I took off the motor cover as per your directions, I found this out. So what threw me? It was the fact that the machine has a dirt finder lens at the bottom of the bag compartment door (albeit a false one) that was the culprit.

I did find some dust underneath the motor cover and around the motor, which I cleaned out...

Thank you so much for your help!

Bill W.

Post# 105472 , Reply# 3   8/9/2010 at 14:18 (3,357 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
No problem!

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I'm pleased that I could help you Bill; it seems as though you have the green and white Junior Deluxe as the false lens, which you describe, was black on the yellow/black version...or else you possibly have one cobbled together from various donor machines, unlikely though that is.

I've just been looking at some Youtube videos. It appears that one of the rarer Deluxe/Starlight variants, which was a kind-of brown and coffee colour and which I once saw listed on Ebay, was a Comet Exclusive..but don't know for sure.

Post# 105529 , Reply# 4   8/9/2010 at 23:44 (3,357 days old) by ozhoover (London UK (but born and raised in Melbourne, Australia ))        

Hi Stephen & Bill,

Here's a pic of the coffee colour Starlight which from what I was told is a Comet exclusive... also have the black House of Fraser exclusive just need to find the pic of it...


Post# 105530 , Reply# 5   8/10/2010 at 00:00 (3,357 days old) by ozhoover (London UK (but born and raised in Melbourne, Australia ))        
Found it.....

and here's the pic of the black one I got from Kevin( copy of Kevin's pic from Hooveland) a few years ago which is now in storage back in OZ .....


Post# 105763 , Reply# 6   8/12/2010 at 14:48 (3,354 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
U2068 TV Ad...

From 1977......


Post# 105970 , Reply# 7   8/14/2010 at 16:01 (3,352 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Thanks Mark!

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for posting pictures of the two exclusive machines. It's possible/probable that I've seen them before but this has helped to refresh my memory, cheers!


Post# 106462 , Reply# 8   8/20/2010 at 16:54 (3,346 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Thanks to everyone!

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Can't thank everyone enough for the help and the pictures ... I really appreciate everyone's efforts.

I do have the green and ivory model: got it from eBay from a seller who had bought it from an estate sale. Just got some new bags and belts for it last week: and I will be making a video of it for my YouTube channel soon (I hope).

Thanks again for everything!

Bill W.

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