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 Posted: Thu Dec 28th, 2017 09:13 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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Over the past several years, I'd walked right past this very fan at Geoff's meets, in Spring and Fall.  At the time, it was a VERY DUSTY motor with a long pipe.  Either way I was convinced it was a basket case and left it right where it was.  In conversation about ceiling fans, he mentioned it to me, formally introduced us. Alas, all parts were present!  I caved and took it home with me from this past Old Fan Workshop.  





As you all can probably tell from first glance, it's a tribute to the Westinghouse Deluxe.  This one was made in the 1970's, as one of the earlier attempts by the Casablanca Fan Company, makers of "The World's Finest Ceiling Fan's"The motor was sourced by Emerson, known as the K63 (predecesssor to the K55 used in later Casablanca fans)  From a distance, it looks like an AC or industrial type of fan motor.  Very well made.  With 18 poles, it's rotation was intended up to the 450 RPM range.  



The control of this fan is quite peculiar, as it's a ON/OFF pull chain that cycles between fan, light, and both.  Then, affixed to the bottom is a small knob for a full range variable speed control.  A reversing switch is mounted on the bottom motor plate.  

I replaced the bearings on this fan, as the old ones were so dry, it sounded something awful, like a pepper grinder.  




On the shaft of the motor, a solid rubber flywheel is mounted, which has tapped holes for the blade arms to mount on.  The idea was to let the rubber flywheel absorb the vibration during operation. 
 The old flywheel at first glance looked perfect, but I came to find out while bench testing the fan that a section was broken on the metal support ring, causing one blade to drop down.  





Needless to say, I replaced the flywheel as well.  The blades, I was never particularly fond of (never was big on stencil) so I ordered a set of gloss rosewood to go with it.  I had originally planned to sell this thing, but fell in love with the craftsmanship and design.  It's now the new bedroom fan, fitting right in with the rest of the decor.  Thanks, and hope you guys enjoy!







.....Dialed in at "aesthetic low" as I type


-Mr. T

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 Posted: Thu Dec 28th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Tom Morel
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Very nice. I have a soft spot for the K63 Casablancas. I reckon it's mid to late 1970s.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 03:43 am
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Looks great Trevor!  Unlike many reproductions from other companies, that one looks extremely faithful to the original.  Casablanca also made the Broadway Limited/Commodore Vanderbilt ceiling fan right around the same time as yours.  That one was a rather good reproduction of The Dayton Standard (aka "Oakleaf") fan of 1905, and it also used the Emerson K63 motor..I think.

The variable speed control was a specialty of Casablanca called "Slumber Quiet".  I think they made an early and late version of that control, maybe the first edition wasn't branded as such, but eventually, they burn out.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Trevor Soundararajan
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It's funny you mention, but I currently have a Broadway Classic in storage, waiting to be hung.  It's also K63.  Thankfully, both ceiling fans have the predecessor to the Slumber Quiet system, which had a bad track record of failure.  These fans are really great.  

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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 07:56 pm
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dang I wish I knew you were into this. Someone in Houston contacted me about one of these for free. They'd pulled the chain out of the switch and it was stuck on off so they replaced it. I'd have sent it your way.

I just picked up a 19th Century Victorian. Sort of a bastardized version of the hatbox ceiling fans. I will say, it is of excellent quality. I can't say much for Casablanca after Hunter took them over, but the older ones are primo.

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Trevor, that fan turned out beautiful.  I was laughing about the pepper grinder sound! I thought that all old fans were designed to sound like various kitchen utensils! :imao


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James Pinette
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trevor that turned out great

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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 02:13 pm
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  Wow Trev , awesome save !  Looks so much better hanging from the ceiling than it ever did laying on the floor in the barn.  We had 3 Casablanca fans in the house when we bought it and the flywheel eventually gave way on all of them. That turned into a great opportunity to hang vintage fans in their place. Glad you could find a replacement flywheel.

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