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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2019 08:30 pm
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Todd Adornato
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I have a Westinghouse 10-Q-3 (aka “Darth Vader”) that I’d like to clean up and get running smoothly for my girlfriend.  I have all the appendages off except the swivel that fits into the base. I’d like to remove the rotor (but not the stator!), but I’m stuck. I have two questions:
1) What’s the best way to remove the spring clip that holds the swivel on the vertical post? It keeps spinning, so I can’t get a good angle on it to push it off, and the ends are tapered which complicates things. 

2) How do I separate the two halves of the housing?  Is the front part a press fit, or does the whole thing unscrew, or what?  Here’s a pic of where I am now, with the swivel and spring clip on top...




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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 09:04 pm
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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 09:14 pm
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And yes, I did try to pull the two halves apart, but they aren’t budging an iota.  So I wanted to check here first and see if anyone knew how the housing comes apart.  Comments?

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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 10:11 pm
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As for getting the motor housing apart I use a good sharp chisel at least 1 inch wide. I put it on the seam and lightly tap it going from side to side until the casing comes apart enough to get a screw driver in it, And go from there.

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Don Tener wrote: As for getting the motor housing apart I use a good sharp chisel at least 1 inch wide. I put it on the seam and lightly tap it going from side to side until the casing comes apart enough to get a screw driver in it, And go from there.

So the front part of the housing is also a friction fit, and a tight one at that?  I suspected as much, but didn’t want to find out the hard way otherwise.   Thanks. 

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The stator is a press fit. These need some tooling to take apart. The spring clip, use two small channel lock pliers, one on each side to get started, then a screw driver to finish.

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Get a “cable splicing knife “ at your local electrical distributor or Amazon. It’s a rugged knife that you can hammer on the back and it will not break.  It’ll do less damage to the housing than a chisel.  I use mine all the time to split motors.  I suggest Klein Tools.  

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Lane Shirey wrote: Get a “cable splicing knife “ at your local electrical distributor or Amazon. It’s a rugged knife that you can hammer on the back and it will not break.  It’ll do less damage to the housing than a chisel.  I use mine all the time to split motors.  I suggest Klein Tools.  When I used a chisel it did no damage at all. It just needs to be real sharp. If it is dull chisel or knife it will do damage. You are right though, that kind of knife should work just as well.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2019 12:38 am
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Well, I had an old chisel in the garage, so I sharpened it and tried it. Lo and behold, it worked! I was able to get the front cover off, and the clip also cooperated by coming off as well. Not with the chisel, mind you. Thanks, folks!

Sure wish it was possible to remove the stator with ordinary tools without damaging anything. But I understand from the talk here that Westy stators tend to be stuck in there but good. Well, at least the rest of the fan is apart and now I can start cleaning it...

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That was mainly the Stamped Steel Westinghouses from the 1910s and 1920s, I believe the Power Aire Fans like the "Darth Vader" models from the 1930s and the later non-Darth Vader Models from the 1940s and 1950s used a different method of construction than the Stamped Steel Westinghouses from the 1910s and 1920s and are actually easier to remove the stators from the housing than the previous Stamped Steel models.

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