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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 11:05 am
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Tony Kirk
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Hello everyone. I'm new to the antique fan scene. I've always wanted one and I came across a R&M 1604 that I got for $45. I thought it was pretty reasonable, but running condition was unknown. Got it home and tried it out. Motor was buzzing, but wouldn't run, even when hand started. Opened the base, found the capacitor was leaking. Rigged in some non-polar caps I had in my components bin and got it to run with a gentle nudge. It appears to be complete. Already got a new twisted fabric power cord. New cap is ordered. I'm going to do a full teardown and cleaning of the mechanicals. I think I'm just going to wash it and get off the paint someone spilled on it, leaving as much of the age as I can. 
Does anyone have an exploded diagram of the fan, or a wiring diagram? I searched the forum, but didn't come up with much for a 1604. What would be a period correct 3 conductor wire to go from the base to the head? I'd like to replace it as the insulation is very brittle. I suppose I could just wrap it in gaffer tape, but I'd like to do it right if the stuff is available.

I'll post pics after I get off work.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 01:16 pm
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Untitled by bigangryscot, on Flickr
Untitled by bigangryscot, on Flickr

Untitled by bigangryscot, on Flickr

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 05:40 pm
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Is that plastic or metal on the switch handle?

If it's metal...I'm *shocked* it hasn't shocked you.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 06:37 pm
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The bit on the switch is a piece of vinyl tubing. I’ll either 3D print a cap or do an old tool handle dipping trick. 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 07:38 pm
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Darryl Hudson can make you a new bakelite cover for that switch. Contact him at: Darryl@Hudsoncustommachining.com

You will have to remove the switch from the speed coil and mail it to Darryl. You'll get back a nice new, period correct, bakelite cover for that switch.

If you are considering painting this, I would highly recommend Rustoleum "advanced formula" gloss black. The only place I have consistently been able to find this exceptional paint is at Walmart. The finish is extraordinary. Prime it first with two coats of automotive black primer and lightly sand after each coat, then apply two coats of the advanced formula black. The second coat must be applied while the first coat is still tacky or the paint will wrinkle. Good luck with this restoration and post pictures as you go!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 11:21 pm
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Thank you, David. I may do that in the future.

Here's a quick shot of the guts:
Untitled by bigangryscot, on Flickr

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 12:52 am
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Mice love those bases!!

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