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Post# 955818   9/3/2017 at 03:50 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Last weekend saw the annual trip to Malmsbury, Wiltshire for the gathering of "Hoover" collectors, as it was the 60th birthday of the famous Hoovermatic Twintub washing machine first produced in July 1957 we have a toast to the old girl and hauled out a number of "Hoovers" to play with as well...

As you drive down the leafy lanes nearby you turn a sharp bend and there in front of you is Kemble Cotswolds Airport for small planes and helicopters but they have these mature "Queens of the Skys" at the side of the road, first time I came down it was at night and I nearly crashed the car not knowing where I was, when I see this landmark I know "I`ve Landed".



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Post# 955819 , Reply# 1   9/3/2017 at 04:00 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Heres some the crew gathering for the celebrations, l - r: Jack (Vintagehoover) Mike (ChesterMikeUK), Emerson & Richard, Mathew (Keymatic3203) Jon (LavamatJon), Jacob and Mark (SitgesMark)...

Post# 955820 , Reply# 2   9/3/2017 at 04:06 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Wheeling out the old girl, Mathews Hoovermatic 3174 Twintub, first produced 60 yrs ago and still going strong.

Post# 955821 , Reply# 3   9/3/2017 at 04:08 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Complete with original turquoise pipes which where brought out of supple storage for this special day.

Post# 955822 , Reply# 4   9/3/2017 at 04:12 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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As well as the Hoovermatic we also have the " Hoover Twosome" single tub washing machine and Spin-a-Rinse spin dryer along with the Hoover Senior and Junior upright Hoovers.

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Post# 955823 , Reply# 5   9/3/2017 at 04:16 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A selection of modern appliances which appear to be holding party parafinalia ha ha..

Post# 955824 , Reply# 6   9/3/2017 at 04:21 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Wheeling out the Hoovermatic 3174 twintub to the sink ready for hot water filling.

Post# 955825 , Reply# 7   9/3/2017 at 04:24 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Fill up to the line add powder and switch on for 1 minute to dissolve.

Post# 955826 , Reply# 8   9/3/2017 at 04:32 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First load in and done in 4 minutes with the Hoover Pulsating Boiling washing action, which produces 7 strong whirling current of energised water to roll your clothes through the water, hence the very quick wash times. You can see how they advertised it as speeding through the family wash in 40 mins.

Heres Alistair (Vacbear58) and Mathew (Keymatic3203) rinsing while a second load is washing.

Hoovermatic Facts:

Height 31 x Width 30 inches x Depth 16.5 inches
Weight: 105 lbs
Pulsator motor rpm 1,425
Spinner motor rpm 9,000
Pump rpm 2,100

Pulsator rpm 545
Spinner rpm 2,100
Heater 3kW
Water capacity 8 and half gallons




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Post# 955827 , Reply# 9   9/3/2017 at 04:43 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Of course its snot a Hoover Wasday without the "Hoover Splat"...usually as the washload is swirling around the force of the rolling clothes produces a plume of water which usually goes over the top of the tub and lands on the floor, even with the lid on it somehow manages to come through the handgrip.

Post# 955828 , Reply# 10   9/3/2017 at 04:52 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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As with most washing machines of that era they came with a package of "User Information" from a detailed handy washcard to be kept near your machine for quick instructions on how to use, to booklets on "washing the Hoover Way" as well as guarantees and leaflets of other supporting products, a far cry from todays printed booklets.

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Post# 955829 , Reply# 11   9/3/2017 at 05:07 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First loads of washing done and its time to play with the other famous classical range of "Hoovers Hoovers"...

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Post# 955830 , Reply# 12   9/3/2017 at 05:14 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Classics include the 700 series along with 638, 612 and the big beast 913a which just purrs.

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Post# 955833 , Reply# 13   9/3/2017 at 05:22 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Modern classics include the special "Hoover Reds" these being the Hoover Turbopower uprights and the Sensotronic cylinder ranges. "From Hoover - Who Better"

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Post# 955835 , Reply# 14   9/3/2017 at 05:32 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Jacck brought out his treasured Hoover Turbopower special with "Autosense" which automatically adjusts the power if it senses heavy particles of dirt, is the one his grandparents bought while he was with them as a young child.

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Post# 955836 , Reply# 15   9/3/2017 at 05:41 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
60th Hoover Birthday Event

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Wow looks like a great time thanks for posting all the fun Mike.

 

You guys in the UK really have some great get togethers, I can't wait to get back over there again.

 

I am going to head over to Australia this month to see fellow collectors Leon and Nathan and others to usher in Springtime in Australia.

 

I am hoping to get back to London this fall and hopefully next year as well.

 

John L.

 


Post# 955837 , Reply# 16   9/3/2017 at 05:48 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Morning John, will be great to see you back over in Blighty and hopefully with some dates we can gets our heads together so you can see a few more collectors and collections!! For me its the enjoyment of likeminded people coming together and sharing stories, hints, repair tips and getting stuck in to repairing the appliances like you did when here that makes this hobby so great !!

Cheers, Mike


Post# 955838 , Reply# 17   9/3/2017 at 05:53 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Evening time and dinner and drinks to relax before a day of catchup repairs...lovely courtyard cottage garden complete with hottub, I am assured all consent forms where signed for a " No Pics Zone"...ha ha

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Post# 955839 , Reply# 18   9/3/2017 at 05:56 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And all up for breakfast...

Post# 955841 , Reply# 19   9/3/2017 at 06:02 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And onto first repairs for the day, which is the Hoover SpinaRinse, this model has the waste water outlet arm on the top, it lifts out and swivels, inside is a flexible rubber hose attached to the pump, over time the arm connection weakens and can snap as in this case, with new arm procured Dr Hoover started the repairs..

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Post# 955842 , Reply# 20   9/3/2017 at 06:04 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Heres the replacement arm ready for fitting, I do love these metal worktops that came with the Hoover single tubs and spinners, really finishes them off and also act as handy trays to take the laundry outside to be pegged out on the washing line.

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Post# 955843 , Reply# 21   9/3/2017 at 06:14 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The beauty of these machines is that they they are built on a rigid chassis to which the motor is bolted, the rest of the outer cabinet is then built with the spin can and pulley inside and then this is placed on top of the base in the factory and bolted together..

Final pic with the pulley nut undone and hose pump disconnected the base swings out of the way to get to the hose and arm inside..


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Post# 955846 , Reply# 22   9/3/2017 at 06:21 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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With the base out of the way we can release the old pipe and arm and get ready to replace the old waste pipe which had many cracks in it, not bad for lasting 50 yrs old though...

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Post# 955850 , Reply# 23   9/3/2017 at 06:27 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The original pipe was a formed one with bends in it to take acount of the discharge arm being swung in eith direction, ie over the washer for sudz return or the sink for rinsing...for that in mind we used a new rubber type flexi hose, while not one for the purists aka either black or rubber, needs must when we need a working model, this provided the right amount of flexibility to allow it to be looped and to flex either side when moved around and up and down in the housing....

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Post# 955851 , Reply# 24   9/3/2017 at 06:31 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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With all that done its just a matter of tucking everything back in, tightening up the base and checking all okay...

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Post# 955852 , Reply# 25   9/3/2017 at 06:38 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Just time for more tea, dinner and chat and admire the small appliances before we all got on our way, time goes too quickly when enjoying time with friends and the hobby...

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Post# 955853 , Reply# 26   9/3/2017 at 06:45 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Before leaving Jack ready to crash ...



Post# 955854 , Reply# 27   9/3/2017 at 06:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And on my way home "Its time for Take-Off, passing Kemble another "Queen of the Skys" bids us all final boarding and farewell ...

Many thanks to Jon for organising another great meet and Jack for hosting us mad lot, hope you caught up on the rest ha ha.

ps plane spotters "Is this old girl a 747 200 series ?


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Post# 955890 , Reply# 28   9/3/2017 at 11:39 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Gosh!!!

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Reply #25, photo #2... the Kenwood Chefettes!


My mum had a dark blue and white one similar to/same as the right-hand model, early 1970s. She burned the motor out one year doing Christmas cake mixing.

My gran had the left-hand model, a little later in the 70s.

Mum later bought another Chefette, similar in style to the left-hand model, white with blue trim. It still gets used a couple of times a year, as a handheld for whipping cream.

And seeing the old red GPO telephone, the Hoover Junior 1334 with tools, the Kenwoods, and the Hoover Senior 612 reminded my of my childhood.

Cheers for that, muchly appreciated!



Post# 955904 , Reply# 29   9/3/2017 at 12:53 by nickuk (chelmsford UK)        

Thanks for posting Mike and sharing the wonderful pictures. Pleased to see everybody looking well and having a good time.

I had forgotten all about the Hoovermatics belching wash water on to the floor - reminded me of using me nan's when I was a nipper and getting the odd shoe full of warm Persil juice :-)


Post# 955957 , Reply# 30   9/3/2017 at 18:13 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Another fine meet for the lads!

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Very well done indeed.

Thank you again for posting such lovely pictures documenting not only the great time had by all, but providing Hoover service information to the group.



Post# 955963 , Reply# 31   9/3/2017 at 18:34 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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"And on my way home "Its time for Take-Off, passing Kemble..."

I had visions of you passing the planet Kembel in a space craft!


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Post# 956000 , Reply# 32   9/3/2017 at 23:44 by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        
Thanks for sharing, guys ...

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... 60 years of the famous Hoovermatic, yeah, that really is something !

Being a fan, myself, of the good old Hoover twinnie (most notably for me in its various north american incarnations), i can just say 'congrats' to everyone involved in that cheerful commemoration. :)



Post# 956797 , Reply# 33   9/9/2017 at 16:03 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Thanks for sharing these photos Mike

A lovely record of a great weekend, you caught the appliances and indeed us all looking our best.

Mathew





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