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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 12:40 am
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David Kilnapp
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Hello friends:
Chris Campbell was very kind to offer me his Eck Hurricane. This was one of my long sought after wish list fans.






As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. So Chris broke it down for me and shipped the stump to Rick Powell for japanning and the brass cage and blade came to me. Off I went to my friend Ron Bethoney of New England Brass Refinishing. Ron is doing work for a few of you for which he is very grateful - thank you. He's a good guy.

I got the the brass and japanned parts back yesterday and started to put it together. I polished the brass with my new Eastland buffing wheel (the motor tag, oil pot and acorn nuts and various screws). The Eastland  buffer does a great job on the steel screws too. Makes them shine like chrome.

Anyway here are some pictures of the restoration. Below is the switch before I cleaned it up some.

Here it is after I polished the brass and cleaned the contacts.


You can see that I attached the hot wire brass contact in the wrong spot. I had to refer back to the before picture to see where it went (under the rotating switch of course).


I love the Diehl Beaver tail switch - pretty cool looking! I noticed that the bearings were badly worn and I'll have Darryl Hudson make me some new ones at some point.



Here it is all done:








Here is a short video of it running. Even with the bad bearings, it still runs great!


And no restoration would be complete without new head wire from Tony Clayton  - wouldn't use anything else  - thanks Tony!

Last edited on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 12:45 am by David Kilnapp

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 01:50 am
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Mike Petree
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Beautiful fan David!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 01:54 am
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Steve Butler
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Congrats on a killer fan that you made even better!!  👍👍👍

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 02:13 am
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David, when you asked me for a photo of my Eck's switch today I had no idea you had a toiletbowl oscillator and was thinking of the "full Eck" model like on the right in my photos.  That switch would be different as well as the fiber cover over the switch.   Or do you also have one of these?  Nice looking job on your GE/Eck toiletbowl.  I have one and think they are very good fans.






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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 11:12 am
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A wonderful restoration of a wonderful fan.    Nice work and it turned out beautifully .   


Mel

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 11:19 am
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Bobby Gaines
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Nice job David! Looks fantastic. 

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David Kilnapp
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I wish I had either of those Ecks, Steve!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 01:32 pm
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Allen Bennett
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Beautiful fan!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 02:16 pm
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Patrick Ray
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Stunning restoration!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 07:08 pm
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Chris A. Campbell
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Outstanding!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 07:09 pm
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Russ Huber
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Eck's first in house manufactured AC fan motor was announced in 1913. The first I see electrical trade announcing Eck marketing an AC fan motor to their fan motor line is 1912.  Hard to imagine the GE motor examples on the market for only 12?  :wondering:





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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 07:18 pm
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Stephen Chew
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:clap:Beautiful Restoration. :clap:

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 09:49 pm
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Rick Powell
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Isn’t this fan originally a Diehl Toilet Bowl that’s rebadged or is the ECK rebadged as a Diehl?

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 10:00 pm
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That is gorgeous! Good work, David, and all involved!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 11:44 pm
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Rick Powell wrote: Isn’t this fan originally a Diehl Toilet Bowl that’s rebadged or is the ECK rebadged as a Diehl?Yes, it's identical to the Diehl toiletbowl but with an ECK badge on the same cage.    I have the Diehl version, same GE motor.   Nice fans for sure.

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