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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:41 am
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I picked up this GE 27X840 a while back. It needed a resto, but it ran like a top. The longest spin down time I've ever seen and it's only an 8"!  It had a few ugly cage repairs, the typical flattened badge with road rash, and someones phone # scratched into the base.  I'm tempted to call it now!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:42 am
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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:46 am
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Before stripping the old paint, I polished the base and spent the time mixing bases and toners till I had a dead match.  But on paint day, I had the paint in the mixing cup, reducer added, and just wasn't excited about painting this GE green. Sooo, I added some metallic silver, and some black pearl to tone it down. This is the color I ended up with.

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Since the original color line had been crossed, I added some Pagan Gold pinstripes and a little detail to the base.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:49 am
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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:51 am
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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:55 am
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Getting the field windings out was a little tight, getting them back in without damage just wasn't going to happen. I suppose they were a little more flexible back in '31 when they were installed.  I ended up building myself a winding stand. I have 2 R&M's that both need choke coils wound so I'll get plenty of use out of it.

Really was much easier to wind these coils than I thought. And it's a great piece of mind knowing the electrical system is now 100% brand new.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 03:21 am
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That little GE looks great!!  Nice job!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 04:26 am
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WOW! That fan looks awesome.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 05:26 am
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The fan is well done, and so is your winding apparatus.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 11:03 am
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 Looks great. I really like the pearl with that deep green. I second Russ on the winder. Simple and slick:up:

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 11:42 am
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Hi Ron,

Nice paint job, just gotta like that the color.

Neat winding machine too. Could you post another picture or two of the winding jig and counter?

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 12:42 pm
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VERY nice!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 02:24 pm
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Ron-

The paint job is spectacular and that winding machine is brilliant!! Could you post more details about it? Parts list? :)

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 04:58 pm
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Thank you all for the compliments!  I'll post some pics of the winder this afternoon.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 08:36 pm
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As promised, here are a few pics of the winder I built.  It's a total Sanford & Son build. Everything came from my scrap box, except the $8 counter. (Ebay/free shipping).

Mostly just angle iron and round tubing. The front shaft and crank came from a Craftsman bandsaw with a broken vise. I simply welded a piece of round tube to some angle iron, filled it with grease and put a nylon washer on either side. I debated on adding a bearing, and even a bearing and carrier opposite of the crank, but I didn't have the right bearings and it actually turns very easily as is.

The springs came from a Harley clutch, a few collars with set screws allow me to put a little tension on the spool.

The coil jig is 2 pieces of angle, welded to some thick round tubing with a set screw. The plate nearest the handle is welded on, the plate opposite of the handle is removable with a few tabs welded on. A hose clamp holds this in place while winding. My first coil was still too tight to fit the fan, so I thickened up the jig with some bondo, hi-tech I know!

The jigs can be fab'd up in 20-30 minutes, I'll be making some for my R&M speed coils next.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 08:39 pm
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This is why I NEVER throw anything away, you just never know when you might need it!

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Outstanding on the painting and color scheme. One of my favorites ever.

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Wow! What a great looking fan!

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You have certainly taken things to a level I can only dream of. Love that you built this jig and can rewind coils. Doubt I'll get there for a while if at all. Well done.

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May I ask... how do you know what gauge wire, how many turns, and what do you wrap the coil with once wound? How do you accommodate two coils that must connect with leads to hear wires? Is the wire continuous between coils? I have to push myself to do this at least once.

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What year is this fan btw?

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Might be a while before he responds, looks like he hasn't posted since February.

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Too funny. I just picked up this very same fan and same color. No way I'll ever get it looking the way you did here. Not sure I want to try after seeing this. Wow!

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Another question.  This fan I have has a loose front bearing within the housing.  Fits fine on the shaft.  The housing is riveted in of course and I'm not sure what is behind that securing the bearing and have it centered.  I don't see rivets on your refinished fan which has me curious unless the pic just doesn't show them.  Did you remove or have to do anything at all with the bearings?  

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