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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 11:26 pm
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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 11:28 pm
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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 11:37 pm
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Hi Mike!
Very nice resto!
Geo...

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I have that exact fan, although pretty filthy. Two-speed, really powerful high, nice quiet low...

How'd you reproduce the screened-on details?

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 11:43 pm
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 Thanks George!:D The decals were made at a local print shop.

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If ya got a good printer you can print out your own waterslide decals! I have been doing that recently and they work great. Just google it and see if it might work for a future fan Mike. Really cool to be able to make whatever you need right at home.

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I should try that. :idea

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I might try that too. I have a great printer. Fan looks great. 

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Thanks!:D

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I had to dig out "big ugly" today and throw it in the kitchen window, and now... looking at mine... and looking at yours... I gotta do it. Still runs like a beast, but it looks like death warmed over...

I actually have some waterslide decal medium, but I haven't tried it yet. Good a time as any to try it out, I suppose...

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That is a really nice fan. Beautiful job on the restoration.

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 Posted: Mon May 11th, 2015 12:01 pm
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Mike what did you do? a clean up or a paint? I have had that color mixed at Sherwin Williams and use a preval sprayer. I have never seen one with a badge in the center of the grille. I have a 1956-57 2 speed with panel with the fluted rear grille and big control panel on top(I have had several others over the years) , I have the plain 2 speed reversible like this one with panel and box carton  and a 1958-59 3 speed reversible with panel, rear fluted grille light and thermo,. I have a rollaire powerkraft wards model like the 58-59 same everything but the color. I Had many of these and have never had the badge, and consumer reports 1959 said they did not like you could stick your fingers thru the hole in the grille center. it looks great mike!

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 Thanks!:D The fan is powder coated. It is not an exact match on the color because you have to go with the color selection. There is a large selection of colors but that Blue Gray color I couldn't find. The badge was specially made for the customer. Jeff R. said that they did have a badge but he never saw one. The blade is the original color which gives it a nice 2 toned look.

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it is a tough color to find, and like Jeff I have never seen one with a badge. Ditto many hunter zephaire 18" window fans as the label just came off. When I read in the magazine the Consumers did not like that open circle, maybe they put a badge there before the weird 1960 models came out. I have never see one ever and have had a bunch of those fans too

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I've kind of been trying to get myself one of those neat Westinghouse box fans. Those are really cool with the shield hub with the 3 holes and that knob thing with 3 protrusions in the center.

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Yes they are, a very high quality fan👍

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 Posted: Mon May 11th, 2020 12:43 am
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Great ad!

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Wow Mike,
Great looking Resto !! Your fan came out Great !! Yes somewhere I saw the 57’ advertised in a catoluge with the Westinghouse W center cap on the grills front and back,and they were the same color as the handle in switch knob.Gotta love those Westinghouse box fans,I personally think they are arguably about the best box fans made at the height of the box fan craze in the 50’s thru the 60’s.Smooth powerful heavy well built fans.Pick one up while it’s running and those fans don’t gyrate just steady.I’ve got 5 Westinghouse box fans,2 57’s exactly like yours (one I bought from Chris Harding ) Thank you Chris,1 58’with the switch on the side and the revised deluxe rear motor cover,1 58’ Deluxe automatic 3 speed reversible with thermostat,pilot light on the side of the fan and fluted rear diffuser grill on a short floor stand,and a 57’ Deluxe automatic 2 speed reversible with the fluted rear diffuser grill with the controls on top from (Tom Zapf )Thank you Tom !! .Also I have 2 window panels for them. 

Congrats Mike on a nice Resto !! :cool:

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Very nice fan, I was just going to say that the ad that was posted earlier showed this fan having a westinghouse badge on both sides of the fan.
I have 2 Bersted made box fans one from the mid 1950s (or possibly earlier) that's badged Zero that is a 12" model and a late 1950s early 1960s 20" box fan that's badged Eskimo that both fans are great solid runners and have probably the longest spindown time of any of the fans I own (the 20" Eskimo has a 90 second spindown time, and the Zero has a 60 second spindown time.)

What's the spindown time on this Westinghouse?  :wondering:

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Not bad!

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close . . .

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Steven P Dempsey wrote: close . . .

That fan is a copycat of the 1955-58 Signal Box Fan that had the same style of grille, thermostat and electrically reversible setup... :wondering:

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I have that catalogue and a few more,and the 57’ catalogue shows Mikes restored Westinghouse box fan along with the full box fan lineup for 57’.Yes those box fans show the snap in Westinghouse center cap for the guard in matching colors to the handle and switch knob ...:cool:

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