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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 12:49 am
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Adam Rohn
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Are all stamped steel fans a pain to work on or just westinghouse? I found a silver swan on ebay that I've been debating on bidding on but its stamped steel

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 01:05 am
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Adam, my understanding is that Silver Swans present their own problems but they are good fans. Wait till you hear from others about Silver Swan repair/restoration problems.

I think the older cast iron fans are a bit simpler than stamped steel fans. I also have not heard of problems associated with R&M stamped steel brass blade fans but maybe that's because they aren't quite as common as the Westy stamped steel ones.

I have little experience in working on fans as I try to find good original examples that don't need much work plus I haven't gotten around to changing the headwires on my many fans where that really should be done.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 01:10 am
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Thanks Steve. I'm the opposite of you, I love restoring them although my westinghouse is a disappointment kinda seeing that I can get it running again :(

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 11:54 am
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Its kinda sad, but the can-motor Westinghouse fans were the "start" of the modern throw-away fans...if you had motor problems you were just about out of luck. Although some AFCA guyz here have come up with waze to remove the stator from a can motor, it isn't easy and you often wind up with motor end bell bearing races that no longer line up when the motor is re-assembled. I actually turned down (for Twenty bucks, should have gotten it) a Westy can motor oscillator with brass 6-wing blade and steel cage at our big flea market. The headwire was burned through, right where it went into the motor. The seller wanted $100.00 until I pointed out the burned leads, which when I touched them came loose and fell away. He went down to $50.00 then $20.00, but because it was stamped steel, I knew that the chances of re-wiring it were slim, so I passed.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 12:27 pm
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All stamped steel fans are difficult to work on if the motor needs to be removed. I would recommed getting an Emerson 29646. There are tons of them out there and parts are easy to find. A Silver Swan can be very hard to restore and I would not recommend it. I am not recommending you buy this one because I cannot be responsible for anything bought on E-Bay but this one looks like it needs a little work and could be a nice fan.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Emerson-Electric-Fan-Model-29646_W0QQitemZ260501761250QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ca71d6ce2

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 01:18 pm
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Adam, if your in Duluth and you have a car...you have fan purchase opportunity. Steve's right about where you need to start developing your restoration skills. Starting on a stamp steel Westy is like performing your first Heart transplant before you went to medical school:) Think about how much time you have spent on this forum with that Westy?

I bought this Emerson about an hour away from home. I didn't have to paint it, and Emerson's are much easier to restore. I actually started my purchasing and restoration for most part on dime store fans.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 01:23 pm
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These earlier G.E.s have thick castings and are fairly easy to remove the stator from and restore. :up:

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:18 pm
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I do live in Duluth but unfortantely I'm in a wheelchair and don't drive :(

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:23 pm
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I actually have a GE AOU fan right now but, I do need a new base

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:30 pm
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Adam Rohn wrote:
I do live in Duluth but unfortantely I'm in a wheelchair and don't drive :(

There is more than one way to skin a cat. I'll be in touch. :D

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:32 pm
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It does look tempting, steve

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:33 pm
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Thanks Russ! :D

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 02:53 pm
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Adam Rohn wrote:
Thanks Russ! :D

I haven't done anything yet. I'll see what I can dig up. Keep your pants on. :D

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 03:33 pm
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Starting with dime store fans is a great idea, but if you have a fantasy about removing the motors from these you could be returning to a vicious circle.

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