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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 01:42 pm
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Rob Yates
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Greetings, new here (love the site)Picked up a Mobilaire a few years back and love the looks. Best I can tell it is a 1954 16rwf.
Pulled it out of winter storage and noticed that it was running backwards, did some digging and seems you folks mentioned that it is a bad capacitor. A friend mailed me a Genteq 27L6094 3uf +6  -6% 660VAC (looks similar to old). Will that work? Also ordered from China a 3uf 450V CBB61 (looks like a "newer" style)
Before I get to deep. Must confess, have never done any electrical, small motor projects in the past, so
at a disadvantage. Sooooo, I've torn it down, taken notes, pics, etc.
here is where I need some help/guidance.
1) Resistor. I did measure the Ohms and it reads 27. Saw where someone said it should be 20, I think.
    Is that a problem? Should I locate a new type?
2) Fiber washers. Having a hard time figuring out exactly what to get. Did some looking, but I'm getting confused
    as to what I actually need. Any part numbers or actual website page link would be great. Went to Mcmasters and
    still have no clue.
Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciate.
Thanks!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 02:21 pm
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Fiber Washers should be available at your local Ace Hardware.Both Capacitors would be good replacements, as for the resistor, its your speed regulator so as long as its only measuring 27 Ohms and not 27 Megaohms then you should be fine yet. 

I hope this helps.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 9th, 2018 11:56 am
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No luck on fiber washers!!!!!Anyone have other suggestions?
Thanks

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 Posted: Fri Mar 9th, 2018 11:58 am
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Measure the shaft size and PM me your address. I'll mail you some if you can't find them easily. 
Your local True Value hardware store usually has them also. They're in the area that has all those slide out trays/drawers with specialty hardware. 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 9th, 2018 03:49 pm
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Ok, got everything wired, new washers installed, new switch and it was a success!!!!!! Yipeee!!!!Thanks for all the input.
Didn't know if I could pull it off, but went OK. Kinda wished I would of sanded, etc, and repainted it while I had it apart, but had my doubts that all would go back together, then I would of wasted all that time.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 07:55 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I have a bunch of those, but none with the cool handle. Maybe a 3D print project?

Is it still running "Backwards"? Westies usually turn counter-clockwise.

Did you have difficulty getting the grilles back in place? I have not mustered up the courage to take any of mine apart, several need cleaning or re-painting.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 12:10 pm
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Replacing the capacitor fixed the running backwards issue.I would of tackled the removal of grill if I was doing a total refurb, but I did not go that route, so
tried multiple products to clean the gooey/tacky
mess that it had and the only one that would touch it was Spray 9 cleaner.
Here is before cleaning

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 12:17 pm
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Here is after

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 02:38 pm
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Nice work, Rob! Those Mobilaires are great fans, I've got a 16MA3 variant (adjustable height / wheeled stand) in my own collection.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 03:25 pm
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Thanks Dan!I've got a wheeled version also, I think is a Westinghouse. Hardto tell, looks like either someone splatter painted the whole thing or was in a
Body Shop. Have not taken time to dig into it yet to even decipher what it actually is.
It is in bad shape, but runs OK. Debating how much I want to dive into it.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 05:27 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I believe this is original paint.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 05:34 pm
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Richard Daugird
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They look nice painted in other colors too.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2018 03:37 am
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When you say backwards do you mean counterclockwise? Westinghouse fans are meant to run counterclockwise. If its spinning clockwise now then its running the wrong direction. I've had more than a few of those and they really are one of the best vintage fans you can own.

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