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Post# 106023   8/15/2010 at 13:18 (3,406 days old) by ge1969 (Jefferson, GA)        

Hey All! I finally got around to posting pics of another late birthday gift. My Uncle found this fabulous gem at an estate sale. According to Unk and the ladies running the sale, the old gal that owned it used it as her main vac up til just a few years ago when it just became too heavy. I cleaned and polished it very little, believe it or not, it looked about that good when I got it. Here's the first pic.




Post# 106024 , Reply# 1   8/15/2010 at 13:21 (3,406 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
You're not kidding!

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What a looker! It makes for a great late Birthday present. What make is it?

Post# 106025 , Reply# 2   8/15/2010 at 13:21 (3,406 days old) by ge1969 (Jefferson, GA)        

Here's one more. The hose, while stiff, is still pretty artight. BTW, Captain Crevicetool, since you're the club Universial guru, what can you tell me about this cleaner? Later, Trg

Post# 106030 , Reply# 3   8/15/2010 at 13:45 (3,406 days old) by joe22 ()        

wow NICE

Post# 106051 , Reply# 4   8/15/2010 at 17:40 (3,406 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Great machine Toby. Your Uncle did a nice job selecting that machine for you. What an interesting story. I guess that was when things were built to last that long huh?

Rick


Post# 106061 , Reply# 5   8/15/2010 at 19:34 (3,406 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

WOW, what a find!! That's really a beautiful vacuum cleaner, and in such great condition!!!



Post# 106089 , Reply# 6   8/15/2010 at 23:43 (3,406 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Uhhh

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Gorgeous. This is one of my favorite Universals. Those are pretty substantial looking tools.

Post# 106092 , Reply# 7   8/16/2010 at 00:11 (3,406 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The one big "design goof" was the decision to paint the wands. Tacky, tacky, tacky. Especially after being put to use for a while -- they very easily get all scratched up. What WERE the Universal designers thinking?!



Post# 106093 , Reply# 8   8/16/2010 at 00:26 (3,406 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

P.S.: Way back in the day, I used to have a running disagreement with an old-time Electrolux salesman that some of the early Electrolux Model Es had hammertone-blue wands.

I knew that the machine-end couplers of the early E hoses were painted hammertone (I have speculated, with no real basis other than speculation) that the reason may have been to help Electrolux salesmen keep from mixing the E hoses up with the LX hoses, which were the same design and color but about a foot longer.

Anyway, I could swear that I remembered seeing a Model E when I was a kid that had hammertone blue wands. But the Electrolux oldtimer insisted I had been sniffing hammertone paint fumes and was hallucinating!

Well, looking through some old vac supply catalogs one day a few years ago, I found my answer -- at least one of the "Electrolux Refurbishment" outfits (name withheld to protect the guilty) used to paint Lux wands hammertone blue. Along with XXX front and rear covers and trim and LX trim. Some of that company's refurbishment jobs looked like they just dunked the whole machine, intact, into a vat of hammertone paint! They even painted over the leatherette sometimes! Even painted the chrome cord halos!

You wanna talk about tack-eeeee!





Post# 106095 , Reply# 9   8/16/2010 at 00:44 (3,406 days old) by silverlux (Des Moines, IA)        
Toby- - - -What a Beautiful Machine your

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Uncle found for you...I am "BLUE" with envy....Machines of that vintage and in such great condition, as we all know, are very hard to come by these days. My congrats to you for a wonderful piece for your collection.

Dan


Post# 106110 , Reply# 10   8/16/2010 at 07:51 (3,406 days old) by luxg ()        

What a great gift Toby, sometimes it is fun to get a "late" gift!! That machine seems to be in excellent shape. Does the red signal light on yours work? I think that is so neat.

Terry


Post# 106154 , Reply# 11   8/17/2010 at 00:29 (3,405 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have one of these machines-just the tank unit and the hose-no tools-was given to me by the former vac shop operator here.A customer left it with him-the customer didn't want it anymore.The machine shown is beautiful-and the nice tools that come with it!!




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