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Post# 106324   8/18/2010 at 20:48 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

I know it's been just forever since I've done a Universal/Atlas thread. So, I thought I would recap the models I have with the model numbers. From left to right is the E60A - (I believe) the first Universal tank, ending production in 1940. Named the Roto-Verso originally - then called "The Clean Air Cleaner", which name stuck until the end of tank-type production. Next we have the E65 (later VC6700) last produced around 1950....which would have overlapped for a while the VC6702. (skipping the red one for a moment) - the one with the ribbon. Returning to the red one - the Super Chief, model No. M6010. Obviously very similar to the VC6702 without the fancy runners, tattle-tale light, and less bling. Sold in stores other than Universal dealers.

Post# 106325 , Reply# 1   8/18/2010 at 20:57 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
With the introduction of the first Jet99,

model No. VC6715 - Universal continued for about two more years to offer the tank vacuum cleaner. At which time it produced only the canister cleaner. They did produce a Canister later that resembles a Eureka Roto-matic, but I do not have an example of one of those.

Moving on is the Atlas. (Probably the second one in the series), the first model being the same color scheme but plainer and no fins. There is currently one on EBay right now. This red model is the 6758 and was made in New Britian Conn. according to the model plate riveted to the bottom of the machine.

Finally, on the right is the......

Post# 106326 , Reply# 2   8/18/2010 at 20:59 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Where the heck did that come from?????

Post# 106328 , Reply# 3   8/18/2010 at 21:09 (3,580 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Ohhh, the "El Dorado" ..... WOWWW!!!!!

Post# 106329 , Reply# 4   8/18/2010 at 21:09 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
It's a B6758 - and it just showed up today!!!!

It is a complete, last of the Atlas machines in wonderful condition made available to me from Michael Turner! Original hose, tools, cord, and manual. YAY!!! It turns out that Michael was working late one night, walking home he passed by a thrift store. He spotted this machine through the window. He was very tired, and knew he would not be awake in time to save this machine - he picked up a brick and tossed it through the plate glass window. He grabbed the machine and made a run for it. And now here it is....Michael, be expecting a cake in the next few days. Make sure the screws ain't around when you cut a slice.....

Look how clean the untouched rug tool is!

Post# 106330 , Reply# 5   8/18/2010 at 21:12 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Yep - it's a Universal Atlas El Dorado....(enough names?)

I think this machine saw little use the Atlas decals aren't even all scratched up!

Post# 106331 , Reply# 6   8/18/2010 at 21:14 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Front of the manual....

Post# 106333 , Reply# 7   8/18/2010 at 21:15 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

The back of the manual trying to push other products....

Post# 106334 , Reply# 8   8/18/2010 at 21:16 (3,580 days old) by joe22 ()        

awesome vacs

Post# 106335 , Reply# 9   8/18/2010 at 21:19 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Interestingly, there are quite a few differences between the red one and this model other than just color...the switch is in back, just below the handle,

Post# 106336 , Reply# 10   8/18/2010 at 21:22 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

...and the bag chamber has an additional suction inlet. I am going to have to investigate the duct work. The manual says that the exhaust also has a "permanent type" filter material to reduce noise and for better air filtering.

Post# 106337 , Reply# 11   8/18/2010 at 21:25 (3,580 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Thanks Michael again for going to all that trouble. When you get out of the big house - we'll have a party!

No El-Diablo Domenico Atlaso's were harmed in the making of this photo-play!


Post# 106339 , Reply# 12   8/18/2010 at 21:42 (3,580 days old) by luxg ()        

That El Dorado is a real looker!! The hose is beautiful, is it still useable? Strange how many vacuums had the felt pad for floors, they must have been very popular.


Post# 106349 , Reply# 13   8/18/2010 at 22:09 (3,580 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Now THAT is vac porn!

Post# 106353 , Reply# 14   8/18/2010 at 22:44 (3,580 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Thats a very impressive new unit you have there, Mr. Crevice

I am too curious about that additional disk filter. Please post a photo of the duct work when you have dismantled it. With the spectacular job that you did on the red Atlas, I can't wait to see how that hammertone paint buffs up! A great find!
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but do I recall seeing another Atlas that was more of a pinkish colour, with black fins, making this new unit in taupe a third colour scheme?
Enjoy that new Biarritz!


Post# 106358 , Reply# 15   8/18/2010 at 23:24 (3,580 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh babbbbbbyyy

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I think I've plotzed! (to use one of Billy Lipman's expressions). That is beautiful!

Post# 106377 , Reply# 16   8/19/2010 at 05:42 (3,579 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Post# 106380 , Reply# 17   8/19/2010 at 07:05 (3,579 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Michael, I had forgotten about one additional model that has the wheels positioned in four little pods about the base of the machine. I saw it on a website, and can't think of it to save my life. So, it's yet another mystery as to when these models came out and then ceased production.

This one, in different lighting looks sorta lavenderish. But I have seen what you are talking about too. Maybe it's just the photography.


Post# 106419 , Reply# 18   8/19/2010 at 17:52 (3,579 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Here's the one I was talking about. The bag door is quite different, and it has a cordwinder underneath....

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Post# 106433 , Reply# 19   8/19/2010 at 21:50 (3,579 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The "four little wheel-pods" is what my red Atlas is like. This is the first time I ever realized there were two different red Atlases.

With the "pod" version, it looks like the wheels have fender skirts -- adding even further to the '57 Chevy aesthetic.

Post# 106458 , Reply# 20   8/20/2010 at 15:25 (3,578 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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Bring your toothybrushes and Brasso and come stay with me!

Those cleaners are just beautiful, Rick!

Post# 107924 , Reply# 21   9/7/2010 at 18:54 (3,560 days old) by xraytech ()        

That El-Dorado is a very petty cleaner.
It looks just like the one a friend of mine sold recently.

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Post# 344094 , Reply# 22   2/15/2016 at 08:57 (1,573 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
New Britain Conn.

Not far from a competitors factory, Electrolux in Old Grennich Conn.

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