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Delivered by Viking Longboat straight from Valhalla!:thumbup OK, forgive the exaggeration, (:P) manufactured by Viking Air Conditioning Corporation, Cleveland Ohio. I have seen posted, FASCO selling under the Viking name I believe. http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm/ref/collection/press/id/5305

A recent post of another Viking 22" Belt Driven Electrically Reversible Window Fan promoted me to post one found a while back. Being introduced primarily to these Vikings on our forum by Chris Hovey and Mike Mirin, I found this later and had to get it. (Really enjoyed the videos posted, Thanks!)

The previous owners bought it in 1954, used it for a couple years and then were early adopters of Air Conditioning, so it literally sat in an upstairs closet for the next 57 or so years. It was in need of a good cleaning and attention, but easy to tell it would be a gem once cleaned up and it did not disappoint! What a nice runner too.

Since it is large, the fan took more time than I originally thought, (Don't they all!) but paying attention to the details really showcased how nice it was once completed. Ironically as if icing on the top, I found a color matched (sort of) green belt from NAPA that looked like it should have came with it. For ease of mobility (No window in my house to fit.) I found a wheeled cart that works well. So no pets accidentally wandered close enough for harm, I also added the cage for protection. (Yes, it happened to be green as well!:P)

Having the motor located at the top is different from other similar window fans. It does make it top heavy and a little awkward though. My guess was possibly for extra protection from the weather, while making oiling easier?




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Since the badges were removed, thought to scan them.

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Rear of the switch.

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Rear of the timer.

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The wiring was in great shape, but I chose to save and preserve it, not needing or wanting the timer for use.

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GM Packard 1/6HP Cont Duty Motor. I added new oil tubing and the small brass ferrules.

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Oiling instructions under the top cover plate with super easy access.

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Wanted to show the top access port/hole that can also be used to oil the bearings of the fan itself.

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Great job and pictures! I already miss mine that I sold to Trevor. I have a second one that needs new bronze bushings and I had taken it apart a year ago. Now I can't find the original pulley and shaft. I need to measure the shaft length on my older 3-blade Viking as iit's identical and have one machined. I wonder if Darryl Hudson could work on the bearings, arbor and shaft..

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wow , that is a beast, fan looks fantastic!! as for your pets do they not stay away with it running? I imagine the breeze created by that is very noticable. Lawrence

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Thanks Chris! I knew if no one else looked or appreciated it, you would!:P Understood by AFCA members and some Guests, but the incredible wealth of archived information the Forums contain is amazing and seen no where else.

 You know once you have the lost part machined, it will turn up in some crazy bizarre place!

I had previously run across and liked a couple Homart belt driven fans in good condition, but this one really had "The Look" and drew me in more. Talk about a different look, from other window fans and I'm certain instant product recognition in the day due to it's visual impact alone. It is simply a beautiful, well built window fan. I wonder how the price compared directly new to a Homart, both being very capable fans? The (2) magazine window fan review you posted shows the top (2) models from Sears to be $62.00 to $67.00, but no Viking prices.

Chris Hovey wrote: Great job and pictures! I already miss mine that I sold to Trevor. I have a second one that needs new bronze bushings and I had taken it apart a year ago. Now I can't find the original pulley and shaft. I need to measure the shaft length on my older 3-blade Viking as iit's identical and have one machined. I wonder if Darryl Hudson could work on the bearings, arbor and shaft..

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Thanks Lawrence! I was way too obsessively paranoid to let the fan open, so I never gave the pets a chance to find out.:P Since it was designed for use as an exhaust fan, it does really move the air out big time. The front has so many small rectangles, blowing in the air in is diffused so not a direct breeze, but still bringing it in no doubt.

Lawrence Smith wrote: wow , that is a beast, fan looks fantastic!! as for your pets do they not stay away with it running? I imagine the breeze created by that is very noticable. Lawrence

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Found this Quality Controlled, Inspected by No. left blank and when I read the rest, made me laugh. I guess this quality inspector needed another quality inspector to ensure he put his number in! Ha! Ha! Ha! :P:P:P

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Original Viking Belt.

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New NAPA replacement belt.

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A regular new black belt would have easily sufficed, but the complimenting contrast of green looked better to me and was "Heavy Duty".

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I'm pretty sure this is close to the same motor as the Craftsman-rebranded motor used by Sears for the Homart fans. It has a slightly different but cool noise when the start winding energizes. :D

Stephen Muza wrote: GM Packard 1/6HP Cont Duty Motor. I added new oil tubing and the small brass ferrules.

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You've gotta love a nearly new old stock fan like this :up: Its super heavy duty, overbuilt and quiet. It moves huge air and gives your room that nice chic vintage look. :cool:
I have a Belco Hurricane that never got used but was stored in damp environment for at least a year or two. I cleaned up the grill and repainted it and it looks really good, but nothing beats original.

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since we are on window/exhaust fans any suggestions as to the cleaning up of this emerson?the fan runs perfectly --just has been well used , thanks Lawrence

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is it just dirty? or is there rust as well? hard to tell, NICE that it has both pieces of the side panels, the outer wing is often missing. IF there isn't rust, just grease and dirt, you can use Fantastik or 409 to clean it, and I use Dupont $7 old fashioned car polish to clean up paint. The Viking on the top is lovely, what a find! the paint there is the way some of the fans I have polished have come out

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Thanks Charles! I well remember your Belco Hurricane, so different and cool. I really enjoy when an original paint finish is brought back to life too.

Charles Tedrick wrote: You've gotta love a nearly new old stock fan like this :up: Its super heavy duty, overbuilt and quiet. It moves huge air and gives your room that nice chic vintage look. :cool:
I have a Belco Hurricane that never got used but was stored in damp environment for at least a year or two. I cleaned up the grill and repainted it and it looks really good, but nothing beats original.

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Thanks Tom! I have tried many car paint polishing compounds, cleaners, waxes etc. and they all seem to be very good, resulting in a nice original paint that shines. I still experiment, but no clear standout winners. Just like a car, when that old oxidization layer is removed and then polished, the before and after can be amazing at times, striking.

Can only admit this here with other fan guys, but I spent more time polishing fans over recent years than cars!:P:P:P


Tom Zapf wrote: is it just dirty? or is there rust as well? hard to tell, NICE that it has both pieces of the side panels, the outer wing is often missing. IF there isn't rust, just grease and dirt, you can use Fantastik or 409 to clean it, and I use Dupont $7 old fashioned car polish to clean up paint. The Viking on the top is lovely, what a find! the paint there is the way some of the fans I have polished have come out

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Hi Lawrence! Tom already covered this, but with varying products, the general procedure is basically the same, at least for me. A good general cleaning and degreasing to get a clearer picture of what condition the paint is in. Some sort of polishing compound (or rubbing compound cautiously) to remove oxidation and then polishes and waxes to finish it off. Lot of time, as most of you well know.

I could easily "see" the Viking paint coming back fantastically, but still get genuinely surprised by a few that appear too far gone and then POW! look great when finished, staring in disbelief.:D

Lawrence Smith wrote: since we are on window/exhaust fans any suggestions as to the cleaning up of this emerson?the fan runs perfectly --just has been well used , thanks Lawrence

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I have not messed with the unit yet, I just thought the blade should be aluminum in color much like the bigger circulators. 
I'll do some basic cleaning  & see what that gets me , thanks Lawrence 

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I use Blue Magic to clean the old stubborn oxidized paint. Most people think its just metal polish but it really is amazing with old paint. Wash it with regular detergent soap first to get the worst of the grime off then go to town on it with the Blue Magic and a sock or whatever you like to use.

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Stephen Muza wrote: New NAPA replacement belt.
It's for fractional horsepower applications, right?

That's an incredibly nice fan.

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Those are the most overbuilt window fans I've ever seen. The blades are like coal shovels!:shock: They are heavy too and have a 40 degree pitch on them. They are better then a Homart.

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I second Duane..... make sure the belt is fractional horsepower. That is critical. The wrong belt can put too much stress on the motor.

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Michael Mirin wrote: Those are the most overbuilt window fans I've ever seen. The blades are like coal shovels!:shock: They are heavy too and have a 40 degree pitch on them. They are better then a Homart.

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As Mike said, a ton of pitch.

Michael Mirin wrote: Those are the most overbuilt window fans I've ever seen. The blades are like coal shovels!:shock: They are heavy too and have a 40 degree pitch on them. They are better then a Homart.

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Thanks for checking on the correct belt, yes it is. I should have mentioned that, appreciate the input.:D

Duane Burright wrote: Stephen Muza wrote: New NAPA replacement belt.
It's for fractional horsepower applications, right?

That's an incredibly nice fan.

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Oops! Threw up the wrong photo, sorry.

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Thanks for your opinion, the coal shovel comment made me laugh!:clap:Actually I knew the blade pitch was severe, but did not know it was 40 degrees. Was that on the blade somewhere I missed, info from somewhere or measured? Any idea of the original cost?

Michael Mirin wrote: Those are the most overbuilt window fans I've ever seen. The blades are like coal shovels!:shock: They are heavy too and have a 40 degree pitch on them. They are better then a Homart.

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