I picked up a few vacs last weekend, 2 from the car boot
This caught my eye as I've never seen one since they were new, and do remember neighbors having them, and it was only £4!
The Hoover Vortex, the machine that prompted Dyson to sue the arse off Hoover for patent infringement, so it was pulled off sale quite quickly, bodged about and renamed the hurricane, whirlwind and other names.
The first thing I noticed was the rubbish suction. Quick check of the filter revealed it was choked, and some research pointed to the fact that it's always bee na bit crap for dust retention
Gave it a quick vac off and it was much better
Gave it a teardown the other night after doing the DC04 first
Height adjuster off
Activator looks in good condition, so wont replace that
Belt wasnt so sexy though
One bearing wouldnt come off the shaft, and one end cap would come off the activator so they can stay there!
(Brushroll bearings are identical to DC Non clutched brushroll bearings)
Lifted the machine off the bottom chassis
Centre wheels off
The only bit of damage there is. Will glue this up later
Rear wheels off
Bumper and the rest of the height adjuster off
The mess already (seen worse!)
Split the filter housing down next
Motor housing off
Grabbed the one from the DC04 which was drying at the time
Popped it out of the way, confident that I could sort the horrible sound it makes!
Gubbins removed from the top
Cracked the top off
Filter housing out. I binned the crap remains of the filter in here, will cut down a dyson post motor filter to repace it
Spinal cord out
Cyclone cover off
Carry handle off
Struggling to see how it copies the DC01 system but apparently it did!
This pipework looks like it came from B&Q...
Seal off. Plasterdust again...
Tool Holders out
All ready for washing
Grabbed the Amtek next
Tapped the top bearing out
Both were as dry as my screenwash tank is currently
, but the size looked familiar. Quick rootle through my Turbopower box of spares and 2 NOS 1980's motor bearings which fitted perfectly!
Will refurb this one and put it in the dyson box incase I need it for a brushroll, will replace both bearings whilst it's open like it is!
Vacced all the metal bits off
Currently in my drying booth ready to be put back together. Had to order a new filter too as it fell apart when I washed it. Very annoying as I had a NOS HEPA one that I binned as I thought 'When will I get a Vortex, POS that is, never see one etc......'