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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 01:46 pm
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Jake Huntoon
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Just picked up my first fan and I'm looking for some information. I'd like to know the year of the fan some pointers on a full restoration. Where can I get some parts to restore? What are some appropriate colors that I can paint this model? Since purchase I've watched a couple of restoration videos and I see that people strip the paint with some kind of chemical paint removal, I have access to a sand blaster. Is this an acceptable way to prep for new paint?

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 02:00 pm
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Not really sure why my picture came out upsidown?

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 07:56 pm
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welcome to the club jake this group is full of some of the most friendliest people i've ever met... i believe spartan was a division of fasco, many years back there was a collector who would only collect fascos and their ilk.. his name was fasco kim lindsey sadly he's no longerhere but he was a very nice guy to talk to when i saw him at fan fair, which is our annual convention

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Thank you! I looked up Fasco and that led me to this article. I'll have to look at the badge and snap a few more pictures but I think that puts this fan pre 1948!

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 11:51 pm
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According to documentation from my dear friend, the late Jim Lindsey (Fasco Jim), your fan is a 1948 model. The P in the model number is the identifier. Spartan was Montgomery Wards rebadge of an Arctic-Aire. Great fans, they produced huge amounts of them after the war.

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Stan Adams wrote: According to documentation from my dear friend, the late Jim Lindsey (Fasco Jim), your fan is a 1948 model. The P in the model number is the identifier. Spartan was Montgomery Wards rebadge of an Arctic-Aire. Great fans, they produced huge amounts of them after the war.Thank you! Is there a specific color pattern or is this something I can paint whatever color I choose?

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 12:29 am
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It is yours, paint it whatever you choose. Some of those were brown, but most were green. My daughter has a 1947 Spartan which was in her room when she was born. The paint was ok, but she & her brother had drawn on it as kids. When she graduated college, I painted it purple & white, her school colors. She loves it! All of her friends wanted one! Nope hers is one of a kind.

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Have you ever used a kit like this?

https://vintagewireandsupply.com/deluxe-antique-fan-restoration-kit/

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No yours doesn't use most of the stuff in that kit. It doesn't use oil wicks (serviceable ones anyway), came with a rubber cord (plastic is close enough, avoid rubber), & rubber feet instead of felt.

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Ok, so I'm a technician by trade I can fix just about anything but I've never disassembled cleaned and restored an electric motor nor an oscillator. But I want to do this myself because to me learning how it works and doing the work myself is half the fun of having this old fan. So do you have any suggestions for any reference material for this model. Because I would have had no clue I didnt need those parts unless you told me. The cord itself doesnt look to be in bad shape but for its age it probably should be replaced. I like the way the cloth cords look but since it wouldn't have come with this is there a company that makes some kind of correct replica?

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Jake these are good fans to start with as they are fairly simple. I buy an extension cord & cut the female end off for a cord. The motor is shaded pole, so only has two wires, speed is controlled by a choke coil in the base. Take the set screw out of the blade & put some thin oil in the hole. Remove the rear motor shell & use a screw driver to lock the rotor. Twist the blade on the shaft & lightly pull forward, it should come right off. Just watch or document how you take it apart, these are easy.
Post a pic of the blade when you have time. Those either have the standard blade or the deluxe "Falcon" blade.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 02:02 am
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I go around and find something electric in the trash and take the cord. Free and I use them as test cords if nothing else.

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Stan Adams wrote: Jake these are good fans to start with as they are fairly simple. I buy an extension cord & cut the female end off for a cord. The motor is shaded pole, so only has two wires, speed is controlled by a choke coil in the base. Take the set screw out of the blade & put some thin oil in the hole. Remove the rear motor shell & use a screw driver to lock the rotor. Twist the blade on the shaft & lightly pull forward, it should come right off. Just watch or document how you take it apart, these are easy.
Post a pic of the blade when you have time. Those either have the standard blade or the deluxe "Falcon" blade.
Thank you!

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Here is one

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Thank you

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This is a beautiful fan. Is sand blasting an ok method for stripping the old paint?

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Your fan's paint may be fine yet, it looks like its got wrinkle finish, which is a nicer more deluxe paint finish.It looks like it just needs a good cleaning and that's it.

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Jake yours is the 16" model with the deluxe "Falcon" blade. I agree with Levi, your paint looks exceptionally good. If it were mine, I would replace the wiring, clean it up, & enjoy it.

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Not sure if these companies are related or not but this fan should complement my radio nicely when there both finished.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 04:22 pm
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Actually the Spartan company that made the radios was a completely different company called Sparks-Withington which was based out of Jackson, Michigan, as far as I know they never made fans, just radios and small kitchen appliances.

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