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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 12:01 am
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Andrew McCalla
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I’ve been lurking on this site for some time, benefitting from the wisdom of its members.  Now, with an actual project on my bench, am finally making my first post.

The current project is the restoration of a small Meyers and Robbins No. 104, which was running, albeit inconsistently.  I’ve managed to get it mostly disassembled (again, with assistance from other threads on this site), and most everything looks pretty straightforward, but I wanted to get guidance on something before painting it and putting it back together:

Coil Wires:
The stator came out without too much a fight, and looks to be pretty clean (with the coil showing continuity and about 60 Ohms). However, the insulation on the leads coming off the coil is compromised……pretty much right where they meet the wrapped windings.  I think I can solder/crimp new head wires to these, but insulating this connection, as close to the winding as it is, will be a challenge.  Can I dig into the winding insulation/wrapping a bit, just to free up a bit more wire to work with, or is there some other strategy someone might recommend?









New Wire:
What kind of cord would be most historically accurate to use?  I’m looking at Sundial Wire, and like the twisted wire for the convenience it would represent to me in wiring up the fan/switch/headwire, but if the sleeved is more appropriate, I can strip that as need be.

Thanks in advance!

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 01:02 am
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Use the wire that you like the look of. I've disappointed myself trying to go accurate before. But, anything rayon/cottom covered with a rubber insulation is fine.When you splice in, use little dabs of liquid Electrical tape on the exposure out of the windings.
Have fun with it, and don't overthink it to hard. More common fans have a lot of wiggle room for not looking identical to the factory fresh state.
See a twisted pair wire that makes you smile? Go for it!
Need something specialized, but more expensive? Contact Tony Clayton. 

Enjoy the resto! And use super glue to secure the old wires before soldering a splice in and putting heat shrink over it. That'll prevent any movement of the wire at a weak spot and won't hurt the motor.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 01:07 am
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Kind of like this 







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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 01:13 am
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Better example.






Then slide your heat shrink over and fill the gap in with a dab of liquid electrical tape.
And if you have space, I always tie my new headwires onto the stator...if there it space to do so.




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 Posted: Sun Jun 28th, 2020 03:22 am
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Thank you for the advice, words of encouragement, and sample work.

I'll post my remedy when complete.

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