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 Posted: Sun Apr 1st, 2018 10:15 pm
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Dan Espinoza
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hello everyone . im new to collecting antique fans . I just picked up a air beam 16 from a friend  . I did a little looking around and a thread came up on this forum about the same fan I have https://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/36085.html . my fan I think someone replaced the motor . today I took the fan apart . on the youtube his fan is 3 speed . the motor in my fan is old but a single speed . I like the 3 speed fan selection where would I get a motor for it with 3 speeds ?





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 Posted: Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 01:04 am
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Lane Shirey
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Hi Dan, Welcome to the hobby and forum. Nice find for one of your first fans! Needs a little elbow grease and it'll look far better. 
I think mine has a Redmond motor in it. I'm not sure if Air Beam even made motors. It likely had a shaded pole motor like the Dayton , with a speed coil and 3 speed switch originally. If you can find an original switch and coil, it'll likely work with your motor, original or not. 

Originally there was also a pointed Bakelite hubcap in the center of the blade hub. Most are missing or broken. 

Last edited on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 01:09 am by Lane Shirey

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this is one of the better fans I have found .  I had a early cast iron Emerson but it was missing the cage and blade . I had a sea breeze ? it was mint in the box . I ended selling them I should have kept them . I have 3 others fans two with rubber blades safe flex ? and I have a vornado fan its real big .  what kind of switch am I suppose to look for I have no clue what im looking for . first thing I  did when I got this fan I took it all apart . I went out and bought some vinegar and am soaking it to eat away the surface rust . its coming out nice . here is the base  

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 Posted: Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 09:23 am
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Lane Shirey
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It's coming along nicely. Unfortunately you'll probably have to look for another one like yours in bad condition that has a good coil. You could try posting on the BST area. There's always a chance someone will have one, but it's doubtful since it's an uncommon fan. 
If you don't have any switch, it should be hard to find a replacement to fit. It won't be original, but it'll let you turn it on and off. Post a pic of the back bullet. 


Best of success on the restoration! It's going to look nice when it's finished. 

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