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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2021 08:27 pm
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George Durbin
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Gotter done!Finished up my circa 1897 Tesla cast badge 2 speed fan! With major help from my friends this is a thing of beauty! I will put this in the upcoming issue of the Fan Collector magazine... video:
https://youtu.be/6Fq7Dt0PZcg

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Looks great! What did it look like to begin with?

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Sweet fan George! Congrats on finishing!  :clap:

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Love it George. Sweet!

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beautiful

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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2021 10:33 pm
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George Durbin
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Previous picture is of the mega crack that I have seen on 2 other Tesla's with the same crack... Interesting eh?

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George Durbin
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Process of Jim Spurling the wizard of crack!  😅🤣😂

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George Durbin
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Check this out!

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George Durbin
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A little technique...

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George Durbin
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And it is healed!

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George Durbin
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And another thing the crack wizard Spurling repaired was 3 cracked spokes on the rear cover... These were spot welded...

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George Durbin wrote: Jim Spurling the wizard of crack!  😅🤣😂




Hopefully not Crack Cocaine...  :wondering:  :shock:

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George Durbin
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And the beautiful switch Jim built from scratch!

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George Durbin
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Some side and rear shots...

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George Durbin
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Purty!

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George Durbin
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Last one!

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Very Nice George! Don't let your Emerson Juniors know you're cheating on them with a Westinghouse Tesla... :D

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George Durbin
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Nah... this is the last one... 😀😃

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Nice. 

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Nice save and well worth it! One of the best looking fans i think.

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Levi Mevis wrote: George Durbin wrote: Jim Spurling the wizard of crack!  😅🤣😂
Hopefully not Crack Cocaine...  :wondering:  :shock:

No, Levi,...   not crack cocaine.








































Plumber's assistant's...


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Jim Kovar wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: George Durbin wrote: Jim Spurling the wizard of crack!  😅🤣😂
Hopefully not Crack Cocaine...  :wondering:  :shock:

No, Levi,...   not crack cocaine.








































Plumber's assistant's...



I was trying to make a joke similar to what you would do.  :hammer: 

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o to 60?
mmm faster than the tesla u see today

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Very nice fan, Great job.

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indeed it is a very nice one

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Amazing restoration George! Love the spin down time!

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Wow that turned out beautiful.

As for how the outer housing got cracked; is the stator a press fit (or at least a no-clearance fit) into the housing?

If so, it could be that over the years, rust built up between the stator and housing, and caused hoop stress on the housing until it broke.

Not having seen your fan in person before it was taken apart I am not trying to say this is how it happened in your case, just tossing out info.

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George Durbin wrote: Gotter done!Finished up my circa 1897 Tesla cast badge 2 speed fan! With major help from my friends this is a thing of beauty! I will put this in the upcoming issue of the Fan Collector magazine... video:
https://youtu.be/6Fq7Dt0PZcg


That is surely a thing of beauty.  The balance is certainly smooth, in the video. 

You said it in the video, that the bearings are perfect and perfectly oiled.  Also the rotor design with all the mass in a ring at the outer edge, will have the maximum moment of inertia for a given rotor weight, so yeah - that slow wind-up and coast-down! 

As for the whine, it has earned the right to whine a little... afterall it has endured ownership by humans for about 124 years.... that's enough to make anyone ready to whine! 

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Well said David.

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What a choice fan George. And it is a beauty.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 05:33 pm
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Hi David, This is what I found for what it is worth. The housing was slightly thinner in that area but I believe the cause was that the front face plate was not concentric. I had to clean up the male lip that slides into the housing to eliminate the interference in that area. I wire stitched and spot welded the crack. The spokes that were cracked were noticeably thinner as well. The spot welding was tricky due to the thin casting in those areas. The stator is not pressed in. There is ample clearance between it and the motor housing. I think they had some casting issues 124 years ago. Nice to make your acquaintance, Jim

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That was a great job and better than new!!!

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Right now I am making 5 sided bird houses! It is supposed to hit -9° here in Indiana by Sunday! 

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George Durbin wrote: ...my circa 1897 Tesla...   ...a thing of beauty!
"...A thing of beauty!" for sure, Rocky.

Is there a story about its acquisition?

Auction?   Picker?   Gift?   What?

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I went to a farm auction 4 years ago and there was this Tesla and the most perfect 16" tank i ever saw on a table! These 2 fans were the very last things to sell... Only 4 of us was left... I knew the guy bidding against me was a flipper so I wasn't worried about him... The strange thing is the Tesla was not in the pictures of the sale! Cha-ching!! To make a long story short I gave $45 for the Tesla and $40 for the 16" tank! It was a very good day!


Geo...

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Oh man, how did I miss this post for the last four days?!  Gorgeous fan there George. Congrats on bringing that old beauty back. The video literally gave me chills!  Well done sir. 

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Looks awesome, I love those.

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Congrats and good work, George!

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