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Post# 1066090   4/5/2020 at 17:34 (1,080 days old) by nilfiskGA70 (Limerick, Ireland)        

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Hello - My name is Peter, I am 53 and live in Limerick, Ireland. I work in factory maintenance but repaired appliances and small engines since I was a teen. My first 'proper' job was at a Nilfisk repair centre where I repaired Nilfisk industrial and domestic vacs & polishers, plus other makes of vac. Returned to college for an electronics diploma and spent a summer in 1990 in London - landed a summer job at a firm in Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, London called Kevlin Service Co - they were a major Hoover firm, based in 2 separate buildings with a basement that was like an Aladdin's cave of genuine Hoover spares. My job was reconditioning traded in Juniors, Seniors and Hoover washers. Loved that job and sad to have to return to finish college. I am also into classic cars and run a 1977 Triumph Dolomite 1300. Looking forward to sharing all my experience on the forum and reliving and making some memories.

Post# 1066092 , Reply# 1   4/5/2020 at 17:41 (1,080 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

you'll like hanging out around here :)

Post# 1066124 , Reply# 2   4/5/2020 at 20:22 (1,080 days old) by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        
Welcome to the forum, Peter !

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Hope you enjoy sharing in here and exchanging with others your experiences and remembrances. I am particularly interested in old Hoover washers, mostly twin
tub types. Must have been quite a thrill, that 'Aladdin's cave' full of spare parts...! : )

Post# 1066147 , Reply# 3   4/5/2020 at 23:37 (1,079 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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I look forward to reading about your memories and hearing about your collection.

Post# 1066154 , Reply# 4   4/6/2020 at 00:37 (1,079 days old) by Chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
New User From Ireland

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A warm welcome Peter to AW from across the water nr Liverpool, looking forward to hearing all your Hoover work related stories, especially the washing machines.Was always surprised by how big the Nilfisk brand was in Ireland most friends & family have them.

You are probably now going to be looking through the archives and many sleepless nights.

Enjoy, Mike ...

Post# 1066165 , Reply# 5   4/6/2020 at 03:18 (1,079 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        

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And another warm welcome from the UK East Midlands, I hope you enjoy reading all here and adding your experience and stories to the community. Several of our UK members run vintage cars including our good friend Ian who goes by the name "TriumphDolomite"


Post# 1066166 , Reply# 6   4/6/2020 at 04:00 (1,079 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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And a warm welcome from the Netherlands too!

Post# 1066168 , Reply# 7   4/6/2020 at 04:29 (1,079 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Welcome from Cardiff

Just half hours drive from Hoover at Merthyr Tydfil, looking forward to reading your memories of appliances and what your working on these days.

I have a Nilfisk GM80 I found outside a shop and have been using regularly for going on 20years.


Post# 1066171 , Reply# 8   4/6/2020 at 06:11 (1,079 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yeah, welcome to our little fraternity!

If little is over 4,500 to 5,000 members. We run the gamut from millenials now, gen Xr's as yourself, to young seniors like me and on up. James May, co host from Top Gear lives in Hammersmith. They featured a Triumph Dolomite, and had one on the set. I have in-laws whose grandparents hailed form county Cork. They visited Ireland last summer. I have some Waterford myself, form Ireland, and Slovenia as well.
I'm also a car buff. Used to do my own work. My occupation was not mechanically related, but my dad was a major appliance tech for decades for the Sears retail company for laundry, dishawahers, sink disposers, and home trash compactors. I learned from dad, and wanted to help him start his own company as a teen, but mom wasn't having it. The man may be the head of house, but the wife is the neck, and the neck turns the head. "I think it was the health insurance issue for our family of seven." Dad had a lot of moonlight side customers anyhow, and sold refurbished machines from the garage.
I could tune the engine on my first car, a 1970 Chevrolet Kingswood wagon (Impala) 350 V8 4 barrel which had breaker point ignition with a dwell meter, plug gap gague, and a timing light. I'm a model railroader as well, European, and Marklin. Not many of those here.

Post# 1066180 , Reply# 9   4/6/2020 at 07:06 (1,079 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Welcome Peter

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Glad you found us!! 


Post# 1066259 , Reply# 10   4/6/2020 at 17:47 (1,079 days old) by supertwin59 (shropshire, england, united kingdom)        

Hello Peter,

a warm welcome indeed. As soon as I saw NILFISK GA70 my eyes lit up. I like the washer site but the vintage vacs are my first love. Amongst my 106 vacs I have a near mint tellus R40, tellus g70; which just popped and died on me, complete nilfisk ga70, another ga70 with a lose fan (by the sound of things?) and inoperative speed control; two gs80s and a gs90.

When I have the courage I will attempt the dismantle them. The G range models with the speed controls are unknown territory for me.

Fellow members, forgive me for talking cleaners on

Walter (61 at end of month) Newport, Shropshire, West Mids, 67 miles from Al (Vacbear58).

Post# 1066284 , Reply# 11   4/6/2020 at 21:39 (1,079 days old) by nilfiskGA70 (Limerick, Ireland)        

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Thanks all of you for your nice replies. I am working my last night shift tonight and off for a few days, so looking forward to putting up some material. Have found a few pics from home when I was growing up and behold, one of them taken in 1979 in our old kitchen shows the old Gala Hi-Speed cooker, GEC under-counter fridge and an ESGE Bamix hand-blender sitting in its wall mounted bracket, as well as a Krups twin-beater whisk. I also once repaired oil burners and have great memories of the cast-iron 3-section Potterton BOA-108 monster in our boiler shed, with a CTC burner (unusual as most of these had Selectos or Nu-Way units). Our laundry from 1972 to 1993 was looked after by an AEG Lavamat Princess-S washer and compact Minerva-25 dryer which Dad and I fixed whenever the need arose. They were accompanied by an Indesit dishwasher in 1981. Impressed by your Tellus, Supertwin59 - those must be made of unobtanium by now. I will be on the Vacuumland forum as well as I have a lot of Nilfisk memories, indeed, I was working with them when the 1000 watt GMD motor was released in 1989, eagerly remember opening up the motor of the first new GM80 we got into the shop for sale and marvelling at the length of its carbon brushes and the amount of heat from its exhaust! How I wish I had a crystal ball back then - all that lovely stuff to hold on to - even Dad's car at the time was a classy white Vauxhall Victor FD 1600 with sleek 'coke bottle' styling, red interior with front bench seat and the unusual slant-4 engine - never saw one like it at any classic car show.

Post# 1066310 , Reply# 12   4/7/2020 at 04:53 (1,078 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
"I Wish I Had A Crystal Ball Back Then"

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Oh Peter if I had a pound for all of us that have spoken those words...

By your appliance history from above I think youll be well at home here !!

Heres one we are repairing at the moment !!

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Post# 1066311 , Reply# 13   4/7/2020 at 04:59 (1,078 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Oh lawdy Mike, that Lavamat is to die for! A Lavamat 2000 is a washer/dryer, right?

Post# 1066567 , Reply# 14   4/8/2020 at 21:42 (1,077 days old) by nilfiskGA70 (Limerick, Ireland)        

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Lovely machine there - that Lavamat 2000 looks like a well built machine. It has the same type fascia and brand typeface as our old Princess-S washer and Minerva 25 dryer. I can't find any pics of those online but I will raid the family photo collection on the off-chance. Love the idea of the '2000' suffix - it lends a brand an air of modernity. AEG were ahead of Bill Gates with his 'Windows 2000' on that one!

Post# 1066587 , Reply# 15   4/9/2020 at 02:45 (1,076 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
AEG Lavamat Washer Dryer

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Morning Louis

Yes it is the washer dryer version, or the "Bake Dry" as they called it, uses the three heating elements for the residual heat, no blower fan and then condenses the steam and pumps away the water. Really heavy best, this was found by Luke in Staffordshire and Al then purchased it for the "Electric Sink" to match the dishwasher & dryer he found in 2016.

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Post# 1066588 , Reply# 16   4/9/2020 at 02:53 (1,076 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
AEG Lavamat Washer Dryer

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Morning Peter , yes these designs really do stand the test of time in looks and branding, a really solid machine they are. Was it this style / model ?

I love how regal the names where, AEG Lavamat, Princess, Regina, Bella, Domina, Nova Regina and even a Lavamat Noris !!

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Post# 1066589 , Reply# 17   4/9/2020 at 04:09 (1,076 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Welcome Peter! Greetings from New York!

Post# 1066604 , Reply# 18   4/9/2020 at 08:24 (1,076 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Chester Mike and that gang have it goin' on! When they have a "Wash In" they make it a holday event! The food, the friends, the machines!
Oh, the Vauxhall Victor from the late 60's and 70's was sold in Canada with left hand drive. We live near Detroit, and I used to see them around from and in Ontario.

Post# 1066612 , Reply# 19   4/9/2020 at 09:17 (1,076 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        
Victor FD

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In case anyone wondered, this is what a Vauxhall Victor FD looked like

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Post# 1066613 , Reply# 20   4/9/2020 at 09:19 (1,076 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        

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It was not just the Victor, I had two great aunts living in Montreal and one of them drove a Vauxhall Viva, same era, but a bit smaller - I guess what you would call a sub-compact

Post# 1066637 , Reply# 21   4/9/2020 at 12:47 (1,076 days old) by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Slightly Off Topic

Hi Peter
Welcome.I've owned Dolomites for about twenty six years now. Just had a look for a pic of the current one and this is about the best I can do, a 1973 Honeysuckle 1850.

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Post# 1066640 , Reply# 22   4/9/2020 at 13:27 (1,076 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yes Alister Vacbear,

the Viva was a subcompact by the US industry ratings, same as the Chevette made here, a T body car. It's precdecessor the Vega as well, on the former H body, along with it's luxury variants the Monza, Pontiac Sunbird, Olsmobile Starfire, and Buick Skyhawk. Our full size cars began shrinking in 1977. GM cars lost several inches in length, and about 800 lbs. on average while maintaining almost the same interior and boot volumes. Wheelbases shrank from 121 inches to 116 for GM B bodies, and from about 126 to 120 on C bodies except the Cadillac Fleetwood 75. In 1978 mid size cars got the chop by 600 lbs., and wheelbases from 116 to 108 inches (like many 70's compacts), ecept the ElCamino, which actually grew from 112 to 116 inches. Thinner doors and stationary rear door windows allowed for added space. By then, no hardtop coupe had an opening rear or sail panel window.
Once the industry began to shift to front wheel drive, the size categories changed. With a flatter floor, many compacts became mid size cars, and sub compacts compacts. In about 2002, the SAE got the parameters changed again. The Ford Taurus for ex. which had been a mid size, became a full size, more in line with European standards. Even though it's floor pan platform had not changed yet. A slightly higher roofline enabled enough exrtra interior volume for it to qualify.

Post# 1066649 , Reply# 23   4/9/2020 at 14:35 (1,076 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Triumph Dolomite

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Here you go Ian, took these 2017 before the new room !!

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Post# 1066724 , Reply# 24   4/10/2020 at 05:36 (1,075 days old) by NilfiskGA70 (Limerick, Ireland)        

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Our Lavamat had just a single programmer knob on the left hand side of the brushed stainless panel, the word 'LAVAMAT' in the centre and 2 push buttons on the RHS of the panel with an amber pilot lamp. The buttons were marked I and II
- first button for bio wash and second button was a rinse hold. Detergent drawer was on the top cover. Cold fill only. Motor was an induction type of a strange design - seemed to be two motors in one, it was the final demise of the machine in 1993, the spin windings failed but I could not get it rewound as the rewinding firm said it was an unusual configuration. Nice Dolomite 1850 pics there - here is a picture of my 1300 parked outside a famous house from a TV comedy series - took it about 2 weeks ago. The Victor FD definitely took on some American car styling, no doubt due to Vauxhall and General Motors getting together. Dad's old car was the rare 1600 model with floor change, most of them were 2 and 2.3L. The engine also saw service in the Bedford CF van and the sporty Viva based Firenza.

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Post# 1066736 , Reply# 25   4/10/2020 at 08:23 (1,075 days old) by NilfiskGA70 (Limerick, Ireland)        

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Saw a youtube video of an AEG Domina-L: it looks exactly like our old Princess-S (on our machine, the 'LAVAMAT' was in large print in the centre of the fascia, with the 'Princess-S' in smaller type under the push buttons/pilot lamp

Post# 1066767 , Reply# 26   4/10/2020 at 13:02 (1,075 days old) by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Dolly Mixture

I thought I'd seen that 1300 somewhere before! Lol.

Post# 1066799 , Reply# 27   4/10/2020 at 17:14 (1,075 days old) by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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The Father Ted house! Go on go on go on go on!

Post# 1066809 , Reply# 28   4/10/2020 at 18:23 (1,075 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

my 1971 SAAB 99 came with a dolomite engine in it-turned 180*,flywheel at front :)

Post# 1066928 , Reply# 29   4/11/2020 at 14:29 (1,074 days old) by supertwin59 (shropshire, england, united kingdom)        
Our next door neighbour

.is the secretary of the UK Vauxhall viva club.

My fathers brother had (from new) a Vauxhall ventora (is that how its spelt) around 1967/8?

silver/black vinyl roof. It sounded lovely many years later I learnt that was down to a straight six cylinder engine?

His poor wife didn't even have a fridge!! She didn't get a fridge until his mother dropped dead mashing potatoes on easter sunday 1970!! My aunt was given Grans early 1960's English electric. OMG my uncle was a selfish, tight fisted little git. Never mind, his ashes were interred next to a chaps whom he hated, HA HA!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Triumphdolomite, Love your 1850, wasn't that about the biggest engine in the range?

Regards, Walter.

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