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 Posted: Fri Jul 6th, 2018 01:25 pm
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Lane Shirey
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These have been sold to a member, but I though I'd post them anyhow.  I thought it was a cool pic of a 12 and 16" pair of first generation- 3 x 5 Cage - GE Vortalex fans.  Both have had a full restoration and will soon be going to a proud new owner.  I'll leave it up to him if he wants to reveal himself.  Those blades sure do get shiny with a good buff. Though buffing aluminum is a MESS.  I looked like I worked in a coal mine the day I buffed them!! LOL. 

I'll have to take another pic with my 9" before I send them away to their new home.  
Enjoy the pics!!












Last edited on Fri Jul 6th, 2018 02:19 pm by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Fri Jul 6th, 2018 01:32 pm
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Thomas Peters
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Nice!

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 Posted: Fri Jul 6th, 2018 01:59 pm
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David Kilnapp
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A real pair of stunners! WOW, great job on the restoration! I didn't think aluminum could buff out that nicely. Was black the original color for those? Badges look perfect!

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 Posted: Fri Jul 6th, 2018 02:30 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Thanks for the kind comments, yes, the first gen (late 30’s) had black paint with polished aluminum blade.  I think the prettiest generation in my opinion.  They basically had the same color combo as their predecessor, the Quiet Blade. The cage is different on these also, having 3 wires vertical and 5 wires horizontal. Later ones are 3x3.

GE designed the Vortalex blade, because by the end of the Quiet Blade era, many companies copied the QB design. They had to do something to have a new design. Similar concept of design as the QB, just different implementation.  


Both designs allow the blades to slip into a “vacuum” created by the blade before it, creating a more quiet operation. Standard windmill blades are noisier, because each wing constantly chops the air to move it. 


On these, the badges have a lacquer coating, which is generally yellowed. Using q-tips and lacquer thinner, gently removes the old finish. The paint is durable, but can also be removed if not careful. It’s a tedious job. A new clearcoat finish completes the job. 

Last edited on Fri Jul 6th, 2018 02:34 pm by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Fri Jul 6th, 2018 02:35 pm
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David Kilnapp
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WELL DONE SIR!! They are strikingly beautiful and no doubt the new owner will display your handiwork proudly!

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 12:45 am
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Those will be the newest additions to what I affectionately call the “Shirey Collection" in the “Good Enough” area of the Fan Wing at not so stately Daugird Manor. I will be looking for a nice 9” polished blade and some oscillator parts, as well as a restorable or very nice original 24” Black/Polished Vortalex so’s to have a “Matched Set”. 

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 01:11 am
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Vic Valencheck
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After seeing those fans, I have to but a Vortelex  on my list now. Great job Lane!

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 01:15 am
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Vic, I almost exclusively prefer cast iron and polished brass, but including this pair, I will have about a dozen Vortalexi. They are a departure from the ornate turn-of-the-century designs I love, but I really like them, a lot. Watch out, they can be habit forming!

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 01:22 am
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Vic Valencheck
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Richard Daugird wrote: Vic, I almost exclusively prefer cast iron and polished brass, but including this pair, I will have about a dozen Vortalexi. They are a departure from the ornate turn-of-the-century designs I love, but I really like them, a lot. Watch out, they can be habit forming!I feel the same way, thanks for the warning! Haha

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 01:27 pm
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Kevin Massey
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Beautiful restorations Lane! I have a 16" cream/brown that's a daily runner. Those are some of my favorite GE fans.

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Lane I wish I had seen your fans before I restored my 3/5. It was a basket case I bought at a flea market and had so many layers of paint, grease, grime, and rust I couldn’t tell what the original color was. I used some paint I had on the shelf and brought it back to life. I am trying to sell it but it runs so well I may keep it for a daily runner. 







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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 05:54 pm
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Nice.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 07:50 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Pretty spiffy looking fan. You should keep it.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 08:29 pm
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Dave McManaman
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Beautiful restoration. I concur with the messiness in polishing the aluminum blades but so worth it!!

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Very nice! I've got the dirty version of the 12"er, needing it this summer.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 10:30 am
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Lane Shirey
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Thanks for the kind words guys! 

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