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    More Vital DC Modifications

    Well, since it seems like nearly everybody and their mother has a green Harbor Freight dust collector, I figured I needed to break the mold. And after telling Stu he needed to paint his new old drill press purple, I figured I should put up or shut up. And lastly, since I'm sometimes stranger than a seven-sided cube, I present...

    The Hoover Wood-O-Matic:

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    It wasn't easy finding purple metallic Rustoleum spray paint, but I did it. The logos on each side are inkjet printed labels stuck on magnetic sign material, so I can change brands at a moment's notice. They really don't have jagged edges...that's a glitch in the photo.

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    I disassembled the DC for painting, and did the separator ring and blower housing in purple. I painted the motor mount (not visible in the pics) with black crinkle paint to match the motor and base. I don't often have this much fun for the cost of a can of spray paint. (It may just be the paint fumes talkin', too.)

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    While I had everything apart, I also lined the inside of the filter with screen, hopefully to keep any stray chips from sticking in the filter or poking any holes*. So I really did do some modifications. Hopefully later tonight (if I get done with the rest of my honey-do list) I'll be able to get some of the ductwork run a bit more permanently. For now I'll be using flex hose, but once I settle on the tool layout, I may replace some of the sections with rigid pipe.



    * Edited later to add...the screen was a bad idea. The first time I removed the filter (about 4 months later), there was sawdust packed between the screen and the filter itself. In a later phone call with Rick Wynn, he confirmed that it was not a good idea. (I called to order more plastic bags, and he answered the phone. Very nice guy, too.)
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    Thumbs up

    .... That's "A" ok Vaughn. It made for a good laugh .


    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Well, since it seems like nearly everybody and their mother has a green Harbor Freight dust collector, I figured I needed to break the mold. And after telling Stu he needed to paint his new old drill press purple, I figured I should put up or shut up. And lastly, since I'm sometimes stranger than a seven-sided cube, I present...

    The Hoover Wood-O-Matic:

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Name:	Hover DC 1 600.jpg 
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ID:	3707

    It wasn't easy finding purple metallic Rustoleum spray paint, but I did it. The logos on each side are inkjet printed labels stuck on magnetic sign material, so I can change brands at a moment's notice. They really don't have jagged edges...that's a glitch in the photo.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hoover DC 2 800.jpg 
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ID:	3708

    I disassembled the DC for painting, and did the separator ring and blower housing in purple. I painted the motor mount (not visible in the pics) with black crinkle paint to match the motor and base. I don't often have this much fun for the cost of a can of spray paint. (It may just be the paint fumes talkin', too.)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hoover DC 3.jpg 
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ID:	3709

    While I had everything apart, I also lined the inside of the filter with screen, hopefully to keep any stray chips from sticking in the filter or poking any holes. So I really did do some modifications. Hopefully later tonight (if I get done with the rest of my honey-do list) I'll be able to get some of the ductwork run a bit more permanently. For now I'll be using flex hose, but once I settle on the tool layout, I may replace some of the sections with ridgid pipe.

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    Great, job, and you got me out of the purple dilemma I was in!

    Cheers!
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    Yeah! Va-va-voom!

    Great paint job!
    ...art

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    .....now, how about those lime green racing stripes?.....maybe a Hurst shifter decal....

    Nice customization Vaughn, always nice to stray from the "norm".

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    i like the hoover insignia.....
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    It never ceases to amaze me what folks on the left coast will do for entertainment...

    What, no pinstripes??

    Sheesh...
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    Cool Vaughn!

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    Hmmmmm.....all well and good, but how does it handle bread crumbs and dog hair?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ash View Post
    .....now, how about those lime green racing stripes?.....maybe a Hurst shifter decal....

    Nice customization Vaughn, always nice to stray from the "norm".
    Uhhmm Steve, its not a Chevelle


    Vaughn, you have way too much time on your hands

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