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I purchased said model of cleaning machine on eBay last week. It was functional but needed some love. So I did a little tinkering, got it to run a bit smoother but alas the wiring and hardware probably original. Now not running...Has anyone here ever or is knowledgeable about wiring (Canada or N. American). It seems straight forward power cord (18-3?) and wiring for motor what to use? Ordered a rheostat original specs were 750ohms 50w 300v. Only found 500ohms 50w. Haven't found any manual or specs for it. I think it was fabricated in '56. Any help would be appreciated...

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    • attach a pic of the dial side, that would be the most helpful to the OP and iam curious myself so maybe someone else can point something out. thanks
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