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 Posted: Wed Oct 16th, 2019 09:14 pm
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Adam Shumate
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Hello all.  I am so happy I found this group.  I have picked up old fans over the course of the last several years when I came across them.  I have always loved them and the thought of the stories they could tell.  I am 35 years old and there doesn't seem to be many around my age that appreciate the craftsmanship and use of the older fans so finding others has been somewhat of a challenge.   
My first fan was a Hunter CG 16 Ser. H (if I am reading that correctly).  At least that is what I can make of the tag.  I have used it for years and have only oiled the areas on it I can tell to.  Recently it has had issues getting started.  it will eventually get up to speed but it turns slow for a bit after startup.  After that it run beautifully.  I have only used the middle speed as it really pushes a lot of air.  I assume the capacitor is beginning to fail from what I have researched but you folks may know otherwise.  Where do you normally source replacement parts?

I have several old fans, including this one, that I'd like to breakdown and restore but wanted to ask your opinion of if I am hurting the fans value (not interested in selling) or story.  What is your opinion on this? 
Again, I am very happy to have found this group and appreciate all your advice in advance.










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 Posted: Wed Oct 16th, 2019 10:24 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello Adam, Welcome to the Forum! I am actually just a couple of years younger than you are, and I too have been fascinated by old fans like these for years. 

Your Fan is what's called a Hunter Zephair, and your particular fan dates to the 1950s and is a 16" model.
The Ser. H is the Serial Number, the "H" is the Prefix of the Serial Number, the box after the "H" should have a number stamped in it.

Hunter was originally its own company which started in the 1880s and was originally based out of Fulton, New York, but then they were bought out by Robbins & Myers Company in 1946, when that happened Hunter moved its headquarters to Memphis, Tennessee.

I hope this helps you get started with your fan!

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 Posted: Thu Oct 17th, 2019 05:05 pm
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Adam Shumate
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Thanks Levi! Good to know there are others. I appreciate the info. it will defiantly get me started!

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 Posted: Thu Oct 17th, 2019 06:05 pm
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It sounds like your fan needs oil. Now that being said there should be an oil hole above the front bushing where the shaft comes out of the motor. If my memory serves me there MIGHT be an oil hole on top of the oscillation gearbox case, right where the oscillator case meets the rear motor cap. ALSO the old grease in the oscillator box itself might have turned to glue. There are 2 screws on top of that box and the entire knob assembly will lift out. Making sure not to lose any of the washers, spacers, gears etc is important but if the grease is hard, it needs to be picked out as much as possible and re-greased. This can cause the gears to gum up and stall the fan or make it start slowly until heat from operation thins the grease/oil and the fan speeds up. A bad capacitor will also add a motor-hum in some cases so that is something to look at . Good luck with  it ! 

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 Posted: Thu Oct 17th, 2019 06:37 pm
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Adam Shumate
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Sharp memory there my friend.  You are correct about the oil ports.  I added a bit of oil and it defiantly helped some.  The grease under the oscillator box is scarce but what's there is not too good.  I think I will pull it all apart, clean it up and grease/oil where needed this weekend.  Thanks for the advice!

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