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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 05:04 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Friends:  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day yesterday! The day before, a friend had seen the fan below in a local antique shop for $200 and texted me a picture to give me the heads up. I drove the thirty minutes this morning and bought it.









The only imperfection is that the oscillator switch has a broken "mickey mouse ear" . The fan runs perfectly on all three speeds and the switch works flawlessly so the gears appear to be in good shape.

Antique fan parts has a replacement for the switch in brass. Where else might I acquire a replacement for the switch?

I thought that the price was certainly fair and I will look forward to restoring this wonderful fan.


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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 05:10 pm
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Great buy David!  Be sure to send your friend a Christmas card, or a bottle of tequila or whatever his choice would be.  The kidneys, when they're working right, are some of the quietest and smoothest 12" oscillators out there, I love them.

Jim

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 05:23 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I surely will find an appropriate way to convey my gratitude Jim. This one will clean up nicely I think. I just found another fan on FaceBook Marketplace. Similar great buy. Awaiting seller's cost to ship it. Will post pictures.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 05:52 pm
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Congrats David πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘  For my money the kidney is the best fan in form and function that GE ever made.  Smooth, quiet, the tilt mechanism, mounting style, drop ring, it’s the whole package.  Enjoy that one. 😎

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 05:58 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks Steve. I surely will. GE's are some of the easiest fans to work on. The wiring appears to be in perfect shape too which is a big plus!

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 06:24 pm
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Michael Rathberger
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Great looking fans, congrats David.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 08:10 pm
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You did very well.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 08:40 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I have completely disassembled the fan at this point (GE's are SO easy):


Note that one of the three wires has broken (easily repaired) from the stator.



The gears are in very fine shape



 I think I will ship the parts to Rick Powell to be japanned (he does such a gorgeous job).




I will need a new pointer and one made preferably of bronze or brass. 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 08:57 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Dave, it would be a sin to destroy that original japan. Please grab a polishing rag rather than a sander. Nice fan. 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 29th, 2019 09:22 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I'll give it a go, Lane. Who can make me a pointer of brass? (or bronze)






OK Lane. You were right. With a LOT of elbow grease and a bunch of different chemicals, compound and wax, the japanne was good enough to keep. Still working on the case and the circular yoke. 

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:08 am
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Incredible find! Happy thanksgiving!

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:26 am
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 I think I will ship the parts to Rick Powell to be japanned (he does 



I will need a new pointer and one made preferably of bronze or brass. 


It's hard to tell from the photo, but is the kidney box o-ring cracked?
That's the gear box mounting ring that you'll want to repair if it's cracked.
Paul Graves is a good contact for advice on a repair.  I think Tim Marks devised a repair technique, too.
Regardless, it's a nice find. Congrats. :up:

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:33 am
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David, does your fan have the proper kidney blade with the "cap" in the center hole?   Looking at the great condition I bet it does have the right blade.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:42 am
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David Kilnapp
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The kidney box is 100%, no cracks, nice! Thanks for suggestion though.


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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:46 am
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David Kilnapp
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Right as rain, Steve

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 07:30 am
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Very good find! Excellent price too. Wish I could find one that nice for $200!

I also agree that GEs are very easy to work on. My GE AOU is still the easiest fan I have worked on to date.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 02:43 pm
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David Kilnapp
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In this case, Lane Shirey was right to encourage me to work on the japanne. This took me about an hour of cleaning with some solvent to get the baked on crud off, then a lot of Flitz polish followed by some light compound and Meguiars. It shined up very nicely. As good as new japanne.







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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 07:07 pm
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Not sure how you clean up the brass tags, but I taped off my 1913 GE and used rigid foam nail files in varying grits to get this result..... word of caution, I didn’t notice the high areas on the ends from the rivets slightly buckling the motor tag...I accidentally sanded thru the original paint on the tag in a couple spots!Outstanding find and gotta love saving the original finish!
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 Posted: Sat Nov 30th, 2019 08:31 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I popped the rivets and removed the motor tag. Then I use some 4 zero steel wool with some brasso (very lightly). When it's as shiny as I like (both sides of the tag), I seal it with some spray lacquer then tap the rivets back in. This allows me to get at all the accumulated crud under the motor tag with the Flitz and cleaner waxes that I use on the japanne.



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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 01:06 pm
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David Kilnapp
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More pictures. Put it together (loosely) while I await the brass from the refinisher and the new brass pointer from Antique Fan Parts. I think I'll use a cord minder (the same one on the collar oscillator that Ted Kaczor made for me) to keep the cord away from the tilting mechanism which protrudes forward. Today's job will be to find a small rubber grommet for the base that the wires can fit through and install the speed coil.











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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 01:30 pm
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Wow David,

That was a great find! And nice work preserving such a special fan!

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