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Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« on: August 05, 2023, 10:30:27 pm »
A few years ago, someone from the lovely Autoshite forum offered me an Aquavac Bulldog. Always have had a soft spot for an Aquavac, so naturally I said yes!

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It had some tools, and also some lovely paperwork!

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It wasn't too awfully filthy

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And the original box is always lovely to have



It ran OK


So let's start by... leaving the hose whole as it doesnt come apart... Fine!

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Tools, yep, as you are

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Excellent, time to start stripping something apart

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The top unclips from the recovery tank

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And with many little snap clips the hose inlet unclips from the incredibly premium feeling tank

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2023, 10:34:14 pm »
The tank sits on a dolly that pulls off, then the 4 really sturdy castors pull off from that

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Removing the plug reveals this to probably be the original cable. Nice

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I mean, as nice as a tiny bit of the cheapest flex the early 1990s had to offer can be... 4 screws hold the top cover on

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We do have some damage here

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And a snapped off post

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Time to un wire it all

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The switch has a condom on it

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Essentially all the wires join at this choccy block

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And after unplugging from the switch you can leave one side fully wired together and just remove the mains cable

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2023, 10:38:46 pm »
Then the motor wires and an earth lead (earth to the lip of the tank underneath) are left

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Undo all the screws underneath now, and we can get to the motor. Earth strap runs to here

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And manouvers out

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I found a date wheel! December 1988, earlier than I Thought (the design went on pretty much unchanged from the beginning to the end in the late 90s so its easy to get confused! The tank clips are the big giveaway that this is an earlier generation, I have a later 620 with the later style clips

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The motor is in amazing condition, usually their a rusty pile of junk!

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The 3 clips come off the middle rim

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Then we can take the motor apart! Fancase off

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Hold the fan under a thick cloth and crack the nut off, reverse thread IIRC but I cant remember, it's one of the ways  :thumbsup:

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Then you can see these bolts

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2023, 10:42:52 pm »
The fancase bearing mount comes off then

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The bearing can be removed

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And the top half of the motor stripped apart! One stuck carbon brush...

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The dolly for the wheels had some repairs too, I removed these

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Silly thoughts crossed my mind but i stayed focused on keeping it original... The flimsy crappy tank would implode itself I think with a 2200w miele motor  ;)

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Scrubbed, polished and made pretty for it's laid out image. SImple thing with few parts, made with Irish pride (during this era)

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Cannot remember the size, 608z I think but the image isnt clear, but new bearings were obtained and fitted! This one has a spacer ring too, dont loose that

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The motor flew back together nicely

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2023, 10:46:40 pm »
The machine really was very clean, the plastics get destroyed with usual use!

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The motor base drops into the hole

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Then the motor and top frame

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Wired back up along with a superb hot glue repair!

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The dolly got new epoxy in it's cracks and a drop of oil on the castor swivels had then 17% better than before

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Inside the bin has seen work before, and TBH I just washed and left it as its not rusty and air tight! Hose inlet clipped back into place

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Vacuum together



And it's NIB once more  :grinn:



From this

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2023, 10:50:47 pm »
Tapped some dents out during, this made the dolly sit squarer and not pushed in on one corner!

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And much cleaner now

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Tools...

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And I got my own Aquavac 620 out for a comparison! identical machines, just one has a taller bin and is from the mid 90s (1995 iirc, its a bitsa machine, its own thread is to come  :-X)

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ALl that work made it run smooth* and quiet* again


They're VERY LOUD, but it's a smooth and constant ear bleeding, rather than screaming away. I sold this to another collector though and just kept the 620.

Thanks for reading!

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2023, 12:17:12 pm »
I've never had one of these in for any work, I've only ever seen them online. Were they a low-volume machine?

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Re: Goblin Aquavac Bulldog 6200P -- Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2023, 12:31:36 pm »
I've never had one of these in for any work, I've only ever seen them online. Were they a low-volume machine?

No they sold loads of them, they were very popular!

Problem is they didnt last! Drums rotted out, motor bearings exploded or they were just abused to death!

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