|Greetings! I've just registered as a Guest here on AFCA and I'd like to introduce myself.
I'm a 29-year-old Electrical Engineer from Houston, TX on work assignment in Blacksburg, VA. I started collecting ceiling fans about eight years ago, scavenging Hunter Originals exclusively from craigslist and garage sales. Being in Texas, they were relatively plentiful. As the years passed, I learned how to disassemble, clean, and eventually strip and repaint cast iron fans. Now, with my house fully stocked with cast iron fans and storage becoming a bit of an issue, I've become more selective on what I collect and have turned my interest towards antiques exclusively.
Over the past few months I restored an Emerson Roundnose, circa 1941 that the seller rescued from a bar in Charleston, WV that was set to be demolished. It was "hidden" above a drop ceiling - pretty cool. A few months prior I picked up a chrome Hunter R-52, also circa 1941 which now hangs in my living room in TX.
Nothing will make you appreciate the craftsmanship of these old fans like stripping, cleaning, rewiring and reassembling one. It's an involved, messy, but very rewarding endeavor.
I figured I was long overdue in making an account here on AFCA and taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge displayed by AFCA members -- I have drawn on this forum as a lurker many times, especially while restoring the Roundnose. I intend on becoming a Full Member upon the next annual dues cycle in December.
Dispensing with introductions, I'd like to use this thread to catalog my current project -- restoring an Emerson 45641 "Longnose" ceiling fan that I picked up in St. Louis, MO last week. It appears to be a mid-production run model, sporting a square tag. The wiring appears to be original and untouched, including the two free leads running from the speed coil area to the switch housing. The switch is intact and turns, but doesn't seem to "snap". The fan does run as-is, but the rotor is gummy, as expected.