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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 09:55 am
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Alex Rushing
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Somebody recently pointed out my greatest shame. The fan on my primary workbench. :cry:


I've been wanting to fix this up for a while and had planned on doing it in a high polish or black and polished bits. But, after thinking about it, it would make a great workbench/shop fan. It has style, it moves air, and is overall easy to work on(relative to some other fans).


Here is the10LA in question.



So picking a shop-ish color that still jived with the mid-century look? Oh yeah, glossy rusty red, contrasted with the polished aluminum.
Fortunately I had already gone over the fan to make sure it was a viable resto candidate. It had great bones and I already got it rewired and repaired the stator lead issue.











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Started last night with disassembly, stripping, painting, and finish. Also cleaned every bit and piece in the entire fan.























































Going to finish this one up sometime today. Just needs assembly, oiling, and fresh grease. :clap:

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 Posted: Mon Dec 9th, 2019 06:38 am
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All done!
Certainly looks better than the no-brand plastic fantastic. Ahaha


What do y'all think? Upgrade or bust?



Approximately 8-10hrs labor in this one. Relatively short resto since there are so few parts compared to more expensive fans.
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Test for rotor to make sure end play is still right.



















































And a video.
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 Posted: Tue Dec 10th, 2019 02:10 am
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I love the way that one turned out.  Another fine job Alex!

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 Posted: Tue Dec 10th, 2019 03:55 am
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Patrick Ray wrote: I love the way that one turned out.  Another fine job Alex!
Thank you very much, Patrick!These fans have been so much fun to work on, with the added bonus each one is one less fan that gets made into a flamp(fan lamp) or block(blade clock). :)

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 Posted: Tue Dec 10th, 2019 11:54 am
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Amen to that! No need for that kind of "art".

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 Posted: Tue Dec 10th, 2019 12:29 pm
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Nice job. I just got in my second later verion with the plastic blade and "kitchen" blue with cream colored cage in near perfect condition. They're nice fans, clean, simple, and they seem to just work. Glad you saved it.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2019 04:20 am
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Patrick Ray wrote: Amen to that! No need for that kind of "art".
Can I get a hallelujah! :)

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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2019 04:23 am
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Michael Rathberger wrote:

Nice job. I just got in my second later verion with the plastic blade and "kitchen" blue with cream colored cage in near perfect condition. They're nice fans, clean, simple, and they seem to just work. Glad you saved it.

Thank you much, Michael!Nice color combo on that one! I wish mine had great original paint, but LivelyAires normally don't, because as you said, they seem to just work!.

I had intended on using a more modern type red, but after stripping the paint, I went with the 1950s-style rusty red gloss paint, kind of like they used to paint outdoor furniture with. Just so happened to have a can sitting on a shelf. :)

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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2019 05:33 pm
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Really turned out great Alex!

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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2019 06:48 pm
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Ryan Lemke wrote: Really turned out great Alex!Thank you, Ryan! :)

Side note:
Turns out I like the way it looks too much.  :hammer:

Going to get the 1950s Polar cub in shape to replace the plastic bench fan instead. It doesn't need paint or anything, and I don't like the original paint. So won't mind using it as a bench fan. It needs a speed control, so have a vari-speed coming for it. 

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I don't blame you at all!:imao

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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2019 01:16 am
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Alex Rushing
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Cheers, Ryan!
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Going to try this fan on a speed controller this evening and see how it does. IMO, the single speed LivelyAire runs a bit too fast. Has a cool sound, but not cool enough to listen to for hours on end. Haha

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 Posted: Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 05:23 pm
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That turned out very nice!

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 Posted: Mon Dec 23rd, 2019 09:09 am
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David Allen wrote: That turned out very nice!Thank you much, David! :)

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