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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 04:56 pm
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Greg Mauer
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I picked up a 1950 GE F11S106 for $25 in Knightstown, IN. I found the model # on the metal tab used for wall mounting the fan. It has a Bakelite base and motor housing with stamped aluminum blades. Paint is pale greyish taupe. It has a small GE emblem in a red background.  Pictures can be found below. (Note: the base has been removed in the pictures)

The problem is that there is no obvious way to separate the rear bullet housing from the motor. The cage is integrated into the fan so that only when fully disassembled will it come off. The blade may have a front center screw attachment behind the little rubber stopper in the center of the hub. It does not appear to have a set screw on the side of the hub to secure it.  If there is a screw in the middle of the hub it is unreachable because of the GE emblem right in the middle of the cage. 

Can anyone shed some light on the disassembly technique required for this otherwise simple looking fan that I thought would be a breeze to spruce up. My primary challenge is removing the rear housing.















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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 02:41 am
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Hello Greg, What you have is a 1950s GE Standard fan with a Quiet Blade blade assembly. I've dealt with and repaired many of these fan over the years and they are a pain in the but to take apart but not impossible. the blade just slides off the shaft as that rubber grommet in the center of the blade shaft is the only thing holding the blade assembly on, then once you get the blade off there are 3 screws holding the cage on at the 3, 9 and 12 o'clock positions then once you get the cage assembly off then there are 2 small standard blade screws on the motor at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions that you need to remove, then the fan will come apart fully.
Hope this helps! 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 01:47 pm
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Aha!  Levi, you were spot on. I had not previously encountered a blade fastened only by a rubber grommet. It's all disassembled now and getting a good cleaning and new paint. Thanks for the great instructions.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 03:25 pm
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No problem,  glad I could help you out Greg.  Show me some pics of the finished product. 

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 02:50 am
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Levi,

Everything came apart just fine. I threw patina to the wind on this one, removed every scrap of the old finish, cleaned and regreased the oscillator works and gave it a little different look. I am having a hard time balancing the blade, though. The 4 blades are all stamped as one unit. Consequently, when you tweak a blade there seems to be an opposite reaction to the blade across from it.The grommet blade mount moves on you a lot, too. Anyway, see what you think. See above for the old look.













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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 04:12 am
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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 04:12 am
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Greg,  that looks really nice,  what you have is the 12"model,  which is a 2 speed,  I had one just like it that I got from a fellow at one of the local antique malls near me and it was in near mint condition except for it was missing the oscillator knob which I happened to have one on a 9" model that I picked upt up at goodwill when I worked there but had a huge chunk of the back cover missing on the back so I scrapped it out took the oscillator knob from it and put it on the 12" I had and I then traded it to Mike Mirin for a Fresh'nd Air floor circulatory.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 10:00 pm
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Hey Greg, very nice job. I see it came from  Knightstown. My friend and his son have the booth that your fan came from. I sent the link to this post to Jace (the 12 year old fan collector) so he could see the finished fan. He laughed because that fan came from me. I guess that fan just likes traveling US 40. 😬

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 10:13 pm
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Steve,

Thanks for the maintenance/spec sheet on the fan. Very comprehensive information. I need to remove the blade again and see if I can get all of the wings set to the proper angle again.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 10:18 pm
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Ha!  Very interesting turn of events, Steve. The shopkeeper told me about the young man who collects fans himself and maintains his own booth at the antique store.  I was kind of hoping he would see the finished product. Maybe it will help him see beyond the dirt, grease and old paint if he doesn't already. Thanks for relating this sequence of events for me.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 11:08 pm
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Jace definitely appreciates the old fans. Here he is last year with his 16” brass bell.  This year he got a 12” stencil badge tank. His bedroom is full of fans. I don’t think I’m his Mom’s favorite person. 🤷‍♂️

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 11:35 pm
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Greg Mauer
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Steve Butler wrote: Jace definitely appreciates the old fans. Here he is last year with his 16” brass bell.  This year he got a 12” stencil badge tank. His bedroom is full of fans. I don’t think I’m his Mom’s favorite person. 🤷‍♂️
No beginner there, that’s for sure.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 11:53 pm
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Billy Skolfield did it.



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 Posted: Mon Jul 16th, 2018 02:31 am
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Russ Huber wrote: Billy Skolfield did it

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. :idea  At least there’s no set screw to misplace.

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interesting part is that the GE Standard fans were the only fans from that time period that used that rubber grommet design for holding the blades on, the Quiet Blades and the Vortalexes still used set screws to hold the blades on... :wondering:

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