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Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:21:53 AM »
Earlier in the year, A fellow collector called Phillip drew my eye to a vac quite close to me, which he rather fancied. So I tottered off one lunchtime to darkest outer London and picked up this

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A 5 Electrolux Glider with its hose! I've never really been a fan of the Glider it has to be said. In terms of where it sits in the range, it was the budget cleaner to the Contour that ran alongside it. The Glider replaced the Twin Turbo that had been going since the 500 days (you can see a 506 here - https://manchestervacs.co.uk/DysonForum/index.php/topic,1737.0.html), and the Contour replaced the 600 series (you can see a 612 here - https://manchestervacs.co.uk/DysonForum/index.php/topic,3087.0.html)

This catalogue scan borrowed from Mr Chris Parker shows the hierarchy in 1992, the Twin Turbo being the budget cleaner, and the super dooper Contour being the top of the range model

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This example dates from 1995, so towards the end of it's life, as the contour got bumped down to the mid-low end cleaner when the Airstream (which in itself is just a facelifted Contour) got released. It is also flipping filthy, having been neglected for the last decade or so!

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I must confess I've only ever used a Glider once, in the mid 1990's at my mums friends when they would have been new!

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And I am very surprised at how nice it is! But, it works terribly, so you know what that means...

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A better ratings plate shot

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Here is its hose, which was quite nice for it to have actually

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It plugs into the cleaner and works in the same way as the 500 series did, bar a different connector. The machine end comes off easily

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And has a little rubber seal concealed within

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The main rubber seal pulls off too

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 12:30:16 AM »
I took the bag door off and removed the filters to wash them

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Took the bag off and removed the slide to keep

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There's a few things on the bag door itself that needs to come off

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The door latch

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Which flicks out

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The bag door seal itself

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And the bag full indicator

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 12:34:00 AM »
Which is quite filthy after 23 years of use

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The end comes off, and the spring comes out

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As do the coloured pegs

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We move on up to the handle now

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And after dropping the cable we can get at the screw holding the handle on

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Which is removed in the way that only a long screw can be

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Handle off!

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Electrolux were still British at this point, before they faded away to just being a name on American rubbish, then vanishing from floorcare forever

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Behind the handle, we see two more screws

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 12:39:50 AM »
And the whole rear of the vacuum hinges off!

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I found a 1994 date wheel! I would have been 7 years old when this was stamped out

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The mains cable is clamped on with this HUGE block of plastic!

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The wires connecting to the wiring block like so

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The cable winds its way through like so

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Leaving 4 more wires! Simple little thing this!

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Up top behind the false shell are 2 more screws

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Which release the switch housing

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The latch for the bag door slides out of the bottom of this part

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 12:50:40 AM »
The switch bit itself just pops right out

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1991 this part!

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With the motor wires removed and the supressor slung in the bin the choc block can be removed now

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We can turn it over and have a look underneath

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Which is showing some historical damp issues

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Up with the base plate

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Luckily, the brushroll was in FAB condition, which is good as brushrolls for these are pretty unobtanium!

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End caps off

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The centre wheels are next

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 12:55:11 AM »
Under the centre wheels are some screws

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These, along with 2 others made the whole thing fall apart!

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This rod is the release mechanism, pushing on the pedal twists the bar and unlocks the key to reclination

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The pedal itself just lifts out

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This seal goes around the suction channel

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The height knob lifts out

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As does the little piece that gives the knob some notchiness

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This little chap holds the machine upright, and is what the metal rod pushes against to make the machine recline

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2018, 01:01:08 AM »
I removed the wheel caps now, and saw those bloody horrible metal spring clips, so left the wheels on...

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A nice little pillow had made itself under the belt guard

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We move onto the motor now!

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And crack the case

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The motor lifts straight out

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Belt end rubbers off

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Fancase rubbers off, revealing that this is a Twin Turbo motor itself! Ultimate cost scrimping by Lux here! The brushroll is shared across the 600 to the airstream, motor is from the 1980's!

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The motor to bag housing suction channel lifts out

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Then the hose from the brushroll housing to the main suction channel lifts out

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 01:06:05 AM »
The hose winds through the plastic housing but all comes apart in the end!

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And everything is apart! Quite simple really!

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Once washed and dried, it was time for a polish

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Which bought the plastics up phenomonly well

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We are now ready for re-assembly!

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The internal hose gets assembled first

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Plastic insert needed a drop of oil to happily go back in now its all so clean and grippy

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But before long

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I noticed the lack of any seal on the mating surfaces of these two parts, so I cracked the bathroom sealant out

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 01:13:50 AM »
And once slid into here

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and tidied up a bit is now perfectly sealed!

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The motor was not bad at all, and rand really well, but sounded a touch dry, so the bearings got a good soak in oil which is certainly all you can do with the fancase one as Lux riveted the UK motors together! (Our own Vacuum Cleaner House showed a very envious picture of a fully stripped motor as foreign markets got a nice nut and bolt affair like normal motors!)

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It was rubbered up and re-fitted

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I splashed the mastic about a bit more

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and fitted the main suction channel

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The now mirror shiney cover can go back on

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Down to the brushroll housing now, which came up very well considering it was well worn with grit

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2018, 01:21:38 AM »
Belt guard and metal thing fitted

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Pivot latch screwed in

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Height control dimple fitted

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Height knob dropped in

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The underside of the hood is looking much nicer now

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Suction seal fitted

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The recline pedal is utterly spotless, which is very surprising!

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Recline pedal mechanism fitted

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To fit the 2 parts together, I laid the brushroll housing down first, and fitted the internal hose bit

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2018, 01:29:47 AM »
But every time I flipped the hood to lower it on the recline pedal rod fell out, so I fitted it to the brushroll housing instead

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And with a massive fiddle to keep everything in place, screwed the two halves together

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It's a shame I couldn't  split this apart to de-rust the centre axle but if I broke it I'd have to find another one which would cost more than the machine itself! A few drops of oil went in to help it run smoothly

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However luckily the bit you see isnt rusty! Yey

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I had a rootle through the shed and found a genuine belt

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Which was a tad better than the one it had!

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Except it wasnt, as during testing it was too tight, and started to burn up... Turns out the Ultima Glider is a completely different machine! I lobbed a good old Dyson non clutched belt on which always fits everything! It's also a MASSIVE pain to get the belt on one of these, no room at all!

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The brushroll was a tad dirty, which shows now it's been washed!

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Many drops of oil went on the brushroll bearings, as you cant replace those either, and in it went

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2018, 01:33:49 AM »
The baseplate went back on, and I moved the missing screw to where it is because that part clips behind the brushroll housing, so is helped along a bit

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The shine is strong with this one!

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Time for wiring now

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Switch housing ready to have its hole filled

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Like so

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Bag door latch fitted

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Wires run

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And run some more

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Mains cable now, and I fitted it an inch away from where it was to minimise any internal breakages/stress/it got rid of the massive permanent bend where it comes out of the thing after 23 years of use!

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2018, 01:37:19 AM »
All fitted!

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And hidden forever

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Handle now

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And the cord wound out out of the sodding way!

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Wheel caps on

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The filters came up very well with a wash

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And I found some bags! The new owner had excitedly obtained a genuine set of filters and a genuine pack of bags, so it was agreed that I would use the old stuff and lob a new random bag in for the after video, which saved me some money!

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2018, 01:42:50 AM »
Bag full indicator stuff now

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Pushed together

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And fitted

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Bag door seal fitted

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Latch fitted

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with a MUCH shinier bag door

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Post motor filter

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Hose end next, main seal on

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Little seal fitted to the hose itself

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Re: Electrolux Glider Z1280 - Stripdown and Refurbishment!
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2018, 01:47:44 AM »
And plugged in to test for air tightness

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And we are done! 4 coats of wax later, does it work any better?

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YES! (with some tape to make up for the missing cap which the new owner also found). Does it look any better?



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Yes it does! It was MINT underneath all the filth, not a flipping mark on it! And was one of those satisfying refurbs that came up like brand new in both looks and performance, with the only new parts being a belt and bag!

And it changed my mind completely, I loved it! Prefer the gliders to contours now, mainly because their a bit taller, and work so much better on the carpet than a contour! Will deffo keep an eye out for another one if it comes up at the right place for the right price!

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