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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 12:05 am
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Vic Valencheck
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This is a BB/BC , AC/DC, 3 speed that I just restored about a week ago.I want to give a big shout out to Rick Huckelbee for rewinding the speed coil. It runs in 3 distinct speed now.Rick always does great work! Also Darryl Hudson who supplied me with brushes, brush caps and rubber feet. I sent Darryl my brush holders and he matched the caps and brushes up perfectly. As you know he does great work also. :up:I took everything apart except for the struts. They were riveted on so I just worked around them , painting them to the the closest brass color I could find.The fiber switch lever was broken so a bought a piece of micarta from ebay and fabricated a new one.with new rivets.
   I had a little scare, after I had it all together it ran clockwise, suppose to run counter clockwise.Luckily by just swapping the clip on brush connections, that got it to turn in the correct  direction.It runs nice and smooth with no vibrations. Little on the noisy side but I do think most universal motors do.
   Does anyone know the correct Circa of this fan. I'm guessing between  1916-19.
Here is a link of the before pictures: http://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/57351.html












I fabricated the switch plate insulator with fish paper























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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 01:36 am
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Beautiful job Vic! Are the s-wires one piece? It looks like they go through the front ring and pinned in the rear ring.  Is that correct ?  I assume the little guy is just in the wrong section and not actually for sale.  

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 02:57 am
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Vic Valencheck
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Yes it is, oops, can one of the administers but this post in the pre 1950 forum?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 11:09 am
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Vic, back to my question.  Do the s-wires go through the front ring and then to the rear ring or are they in two pieces? I can’t tell from the pictures.  

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 01:50 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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Steve Butler wrote: Vic, back to my question.  Do the s-wires go through the front ring and then to the rear ring or are they in two pieces? I can’t tell from the pictures.  

The wires are one piece. I don't understand why the ends of the wires going through the badge are threaded?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 02:39 pm
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Hi Vic. That’s a first rate restoration! Really nice smooth running fan. I would love to see more Pictures of the fans on the shelves in the background of the video!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:10 pm
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Vic I have always liked those fans & that one is extra nice!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 09:06 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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Stan Adams wrote: Vic I have always liked those fans & that one is extra nice!
Yeah this one is a keeper. I'm going to take this one home and stick it on shelf somewhere. :D

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 09:11 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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David Kilnapp wrote: Hi Vic. That’s a first rate restoration! Really nice smooth running fan. I would love to see more Pictures of the fans on the shelves in the background of the video!Ask and you shall receive. Here's a video of most of my collection. Most are restored and others are waiting in the wings to be restored.




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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 03:43 am
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Russ Huber
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I get a bang out of those Lindstrom Smith fans. Nice job.  :D

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Beautiful work, Vic!
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That is a really nice looking fan, and nice save!

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 03:57 am
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Vic Valencheck wrote: David Kilnapp wrote: Hi Vic. That’s a first rate restoration! Really nice smooth running fan. I would love to see more Pictures of the fans on the shelves in the background of the video!Ask and you shall receive. Here's a video of most of my collection. Most are restored and others are waiting in the wings to be restored.





Wow! That is a gorgeous collection of fans encompassing a large array of brands and styles...........AND you restored them beautifully/will be restoring them! :bow


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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 07:27 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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Thanks guys for your kind comments. It makes collecting and restoring that much better! :D

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 Posted: Thu Feb 13th, 2020 12:23 am
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Vic Valencheck wrote: Thanks guys for your kind comments. It makes collecting and restoring that much better! :D

Indeed!
Having a community of fanners is one of the best things that has happened to me personally.
In August last year, I have been off drinking for two years, but struggling to find something that made me happy. So many anti-depressants and counseling sessions. I felt lost, but strong in my resolve to do better each day I wake up. Still, the feeling of loneliness would hit like a semi-truck every now and then. After my father asked me to restore his mid 1920s 29648, I felt a spark I had not felt since I was 20yo. My work in my early 20s was sub-par and shameful at times, and when I ruined(or so I believed) a Westy 164848G(lots of us think we know better than the old-timers when we are young and uninformed), I gave up on the hobby(that is why I have been a forum user for so long, but have just seriously gotten into fan resto. I guess years of personal resolve to reinvent my thinking processes and learning patience led to the successful AND enjoyable process of getting his fan from a grade 3/4 to a grade 2.
Then I remembered all of the fan projects I procured when I was a teenager and as a 20yo were still on the top shelf of my workshop. One by one, I began the learning process of doing the best job I could with the skills and experience obtained with each successfully restored fan. So many members helped me trudge through the anxiety and nerves involved with tearing down and properly rebuilding the fans. I've made some great friends here, with whom I message with regularly. And just sharing and reading shares from other fan enthusiasts has emboldened my resolve to take pride in what I do.
Ultimately, like yourself, my goal was to restore fans I would be proud to take close-up hi-res photos of any part of the fan. This led to the chronicling of each project in hopes others may find inspiration in getting into fans easier.

Nearly twenty restorations later, I've climbed further towards the top of what I would consider a perfect resto/restomod. Long way to go to get there from where I am at, but I've learned exceedingly fast, because of my career in antiques(furniture mostly) restoration.
Honestly, I don't really care to make money from the fan endeavors, but slowly people are scratching at me to work on their fans. I'm nearly done with a fourth fan from a customer, where this time last year I would not have considered fixing fans for other people, since my expectations are even higher for paid work.

It is definitely not a business, and furthermore not very profitable. However, that said, I am running out of room to safely store my fans, so going through the process for other people's fans fixes the storage issue and pays for itself, as where my personal fan projects can be a money pit at times.

Sorry for the long winded post!    TL, DR = Fan hobby has helped regain my sanity and sense of well-being. Thanks AFCA!

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