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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 10:16 am
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Alex Rushing
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So, I joined AFCA thirteen years ago when I was trying to get some fans running I had bought at yard sales and such. Gave up on trying to work on fans, as I didn't have the patience then. Left a 12" Westinghouse in pieces and had not worked on another fan until recently. I had graduated college, moved to NYC for lighting restoration, moved back home, got back into furniture restoration, and am finally back into fans. Still have the same small assortment of pre-1950s fans I had then, but with two GE brass bladed fans added.
At work, the boss asked me to have a go at an Emerson fan he bought. The experience has left me with a lot of knowledge to take into the next restoration. The resulting restored Emerson looked good, ran great, and the boss like it so much he took it home to use in his house. The only thing I really regretted was the choice of wire for the fan. In hindsight, a nice cloth-covered black or brown would have been nicer. And the enamel clear coat on the blades isn't great either. But, finally learned the ins and outs of disassembly, cleaning, wiring, stripping/sanding/scraping, prepping, painting, and assembling that particular style Emerson. Knowledge that will undoubtedly help in the next antique-fan ventures. 

Here is the back of the Emerson fan after a lot of the work on my work bench with the handle off.


And here is what it looked like assembled. 





And just for fun, I cleaned, hand finished, and made a badge for my old Polar Cub Type H. One of the first old fans I ever bought. 
After finish, but before I made a generic center cover.




And after making the cap and cleaning it up.



Sorry for the lengthy post. In short, I am ready to finish the Westinghouse soon. Went out to my shop and found most of the parts stowed away in a cake of oil, grease, and shop-dust. It is missing two housing bolts and two cage struts. I could not find them anywhere, so will be looking for those on feebay at some point. But, will have the rest of the fan ready by then. I put a new head wire in tonight and the fan does run and oscillate. that was a relief. Though, without the speed controller connected, I had to start the motor manually. The oscillator gearing looks/works perfectly though. Pics to come soon!

It feels good to be back into the fan-fun, and see all of the gorgeous high-end blowers y'all have! Maybe I'll stumble on a good one someday. Until then, practicing the fan-resto abilities on lower-end stuff.:bigfan

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 Posted: Fri Aug 16th, 2019 01:46 am
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Gunner Lake
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Hey Alex, funny to see you here! Welcome back to fans. Let me know if you have any questions on some of the more modern stuff. :D

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 Posted: Fri Aug 16th, 2019 12:32 pm
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Zackri Higgins
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Welcome back! It’s funny, because looking at your email address, I recognize that name from YouTube.

Still got those Compaq Portable computers? I remember the videos you did on them (vintage computing is another hobby of mine).

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 01:46 am
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Alex Rushing
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Hey man!Good to see you're still in the old fan saddle! Will defintiely take you up on some of my newer fans(40s/50s). Thank you!

Glad to be back in it. :)

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 01:48 am
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Alex Rushing
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That is cool! Cheers!Yes, the portables are stored safely right now. I'm afraid I have exceeded even an insane person's number of hobbies, so it has become impossible to get as dedicated as I'd like to any one of the hobbies. Love my job though, as I restore all sorts of things everyday. A dream job for us old-tech guys. :)

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 05:54 am
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Alex Rushing wrote: That is cool! Cheers!Yes, the portables are stored safely right now. I'm afraid I have exceeded even an insane person's number of hobbies, so it has become impossible to get as dedicated as I'd like to any one of the hobbies. Love my job though, as I restore all sorts of things everyday. A dream job for us old-tech guys. :)

I have actually managed to balance my many hobbies I have pretty well, between restoring antique radios and record players and antique fans, and video gaming, I've done pretty well and I also work a part time job on top of that 3 days a week on 3rd shift.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 08:02 am
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Alex Rushing wrote: That is cool! Cheers!Yes, the portables are stored safely right now. I'm afraid I have exceeded even an insane person's number of hobbies, so it has become impossible to get as dedicated as I'd like to any one of the hobbies. Love my job though, as I restore all sorts of things everyday. A dream job for us old-tech guys. :)

Awesome. That’s great to hear! I just recently got a Compaq Portable II and managed to get it fully working. One capacitor had shorted in the power supply, which prevented it from powering-on.

Cheers!

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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 09:32 am
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Alex Rushing
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Levi Mevis wrote: Alex Rushing wrote: That is cool! Cheers!Yes, the portables are stored safely right now. I'm afraid I have exceeded even an insane person's number of hobbies, so it has become impossible to get as dedicated as I'd like to any one of the hobbies. Love my job though, as I restore all sorts of things everyday. A dream job for us old-tech guys. :)

I have actually managed to balance my many hobbies I have pretty well, between restoring antique radios and record players and antique fans, and video gaming, I've done pretty well and I also work a part time job on top of that 3 days a week on 3rd shift.

That is good to read. I often fret over the issue and have trouble seeing ways to make it easier. Eventually I seem to get through it, so that is good. 


Working full time in restoration helps keep up skills(as well as develop some), so I'm thankful for that. Problem here is that I get nearly unlimited access to cool stuff, as my shop is located inside of an antiques store/flea market. :?


To date I have gotten ankle through neck deep in:


Vintage small gasoline motors.


Vintage Computers - Mostly portables and one-piece.


Custom home-built computers and overclocking.

Antique and vintage telephones(have about 50 of them I restored - Western Electric 202s, 302s, Signal Corps TP-6-A, WE500s[many original colors] and assorted other brands and styles).


Vintage Radios(though the collection is relatively small - dozen or so).


Antique and vintage cameras(-pre 1970s only-this one is in the hundreds of acquired examples).


Vintage Stereo equipment(probably have a dozen pairs of speakers I refoamed/recapped and twenty higher-end recievers(like Sansui 9090 and Pioneer SX-1250 I recapped).


Vintage and antique flashlights(though more to use than to collect - couple dozen examples).


Vintage and antique hand tools(goes with the territory..haha).


Art glass paperweights(nothing too high-end though).


Transistor Portable Radios(about two dozen refurbished examples).


Antique and vintage pocket knives(about 150 or so - most nicer pieces).


Antique and vintage marbles(about 2K in assorted jars - no clears or cat eyes).


Antique pocket watches(have about a dozen nicer ones).


Vintage and antique wrist watches(have about 50 working examples).


Modern automatic wrist watches(and a few nicer quartz like my Movado 800 Chrono).


Antique and vintage lamps/lighting(though I am not a collector so much as a user of them - which I restored for a living in NY for 3.5 years).


Antique clocks(though I only have a couple of nice ones, I have about a dozen of them - gotten five running well so far).

Vintage flint steel lighters(Zippo mostly - mainly to use).


Classic and modern Multi-Tools(have about 400 of them - Mostly pliers based, but with a couple dozen SAKs) - Multitools have become a real passion of mine and a heavy cost investment.

I'll shut up now. Anything cool and/or unusual catches my fancy. And sometimes it gets neck deep, and other times it is more controllable.

I hope that helps to better explain the statement made previously. I hope it didn't look like I was implying multi-collection people are insane in any way. Apologies if that is the case.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 09:41 am
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Zackri Higgins wrote: Alex Rushing wrote: That is cool! Cheers!Yes, the portables are stored safely right now. I'm afraid I have exceeded even an insane person's number of hobbies, so it has become impossible to get as dedicated as I'd like to any one of the hobbies. Love my job though, as I restore all sorts of things everyday. A dream job for us old-tech guys. :)

Awesome. That’s great to hear! I just recently got a Compaq Portable II and managed to get it fully working. One capacitor had shorted in the power supply, which prevented it from powering-on.

Cheers!

Congrats on the CPII!  :shock:Those are getting very hard to find these days. Very nice you found the issue and got it resolved. Another future museum piece saved from the plastic junkyard in the sky(well ground really..haha).

I had Windows 2.03 running on my CPII and CPIII back when I was more heavily into them. 2.03 looks awesome on green phosphor and gas-plasma displays.  :D

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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 09:52 am
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Zackri Higgins
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Yes, got to keep this old stuff alive! I’ve actually got Windows 2.03 running on it too! As well as a few other versions. And yes, the plasma display on the Portable III (which I have as well) is very nice!

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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 10:24 am
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Zackri Higgins wrote: Yes, got to keep this old stuff alive! I’ve actually got Windows 2.03 running on it too! As well as a few other versions. And yes, the plasma display on the Portable III (which I have as well) is very nice!
Definitely feels good every time an old piece of technology can be saved.  :D

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