MODEL E Vacuum Cleaner

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On this and the following page I have highlighted the differences between the early and late Model E. The differences are slight and subtle, to be sure, but hopefully of interest to vintage Electrolux enthusiasts nonetheless.



The rear cover -- the part that the chrome cord halo attaches to -- was chrome-plated on the very earliest Model E. I have only seen one like this so I assume it was changed early on. (This is the same rear cover that was used on the last version of the Model LXI.)


Another view of the chrome rear cover.


The later rear cover, in hammertone blue -- by far the most common.


Another view of the hammertone blue rear cover.


If you look inside the rear cover at the bridge-area where the thumb-screw is affixed, you will see a slight variation. The early version had three raised radiating lines leading upward.


In the later version, this same bridge area is smooth, with no radiating lines.


Here are photos comparing the "rear ends" of two Model E machines. The machine on the top is the older specimen in both sets of photos.

Note how in the older machine, the stamped-out area that the rear cover fits onto is rounded at the top and has a crescent-shaped cut-out in the middle.

With the newer machine, the stamped-out area is rectangular, with two little round guiding stamp-outs at the top.


Not only is the back of the older machine different, the aluminum insert piece [that holds the filter in place] in the rear cover is different as well.

Inside the rear cover that goes with the older, rounded-at-the-top stamp-out, the aluminum insert has two little tabs at the top -- but they are flat, and you can tell that they have never been bent out.

Inside the rear cover that goes with the newer, rectangular stamp-out, the the two tabs have been bent so they stick straight out and "hug" against the stamped-out area to hold the rear cover snugly.


Here is the front caster assembly of the early version. Note the lack of stabilizing foot, and you will also note two small prongs or protrusions at the bottom area of the caster mount. What were these prongs for? Your guess is as good as mine!


Here you see the plastic stabilizing foot which was added later -- and very cleverly so: The way it was designed did not require any re-engineering of the caster mount. The stabilizing foot simply was inserted between the caster mount and the caster, held in place by the same two screws that held the caster in place. Also note that the two little prongs on the bottom area of the caster mount have disappeared.


Side view of the early caster assembly, again, note the little "prong."


Side view of the later caster asembly.



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