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 Posted: Sun Feb 16th, 2020 12:35 am
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Ernest Collins
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See my thumb nail for my older fan My second GE fan needs cleaned up and re corded. Probably 50 years newer than Wandering how old my new addition is. 

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 Posted: Sun Feb 16th, 2020 01:25 am
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Hey Ernest, looks like 40s. I see you are just up the road, will be hosting the Lake Houston Fan Meet in October, hope you can come.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 16th, 2020 02:35 am
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I have the exact same Vortalex, Cat: FM10V21. From what I have been told, I think it is 1947 or 1948. That would put this fan in the pre-1950 section. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

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 Posted: Sun Feb 16th, 2020 02:05 pm
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My birthday is 7/31/1948 so finding one as old as me is great and it works wish I could refurbish me.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 04:04 am
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You've got the rarer 3 wing model which is more desirable than the much more common 4 wing model.I just about bought one of these a couple of years ago but then decided on buying a much more rare nickel plated 
R & M 3804X fan which was actually cheaper than the much more common but still rare 3 wing vortalex that was at the antique mall I was at. 

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 05:29 am
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I have one of those that I run quite often. Great fan, and has that awesome Vortalex sound to it. Sounds exactly like my 16” Vortalex, only quieter.

Also, they never made a 4-wing 10-inch Vortalex. All of the 10-inch models are 3-wing.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 02:41 pm
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Paid $35.00 for it here at antique mall in spring Tex had a Presidents’ Day discount. Will start cleaning it up next week will and be sure to keep the pictures coming

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 Posted: Wed Feb 19th, 2020 09:47 pm
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Looking for advice on disassembly of this GE fan. Blade and cage came off ok but looks like the fiberboard bottom will have to be pulled and replaced can’t get to the wiring under the base any other way. Also are there any plans available for it wiring and so forth ??

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 Posted: Wed Feb 19th, 2020 10:38 pm
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Ernest Collins
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Thanks a million 😋

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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 12:49 am
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Ernest Collins wrote: Looking for advice on disassembly of this GE fan. Blade and cage came off ok but looks like the fiberboard bottom will have to be pulled and replaced can’t get to the wiring under the base any other way. Also are there any plans available for it wiring and so forth ??A picture of the bottom of the base would help. The fiberboard plate should be riveted on. Mine had a riveted on fiberboard base plate, but the base plate is missing and the rivets are still there.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 03:04 am
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What you say confirms what I found. The rivets were not there and the fiberboard looks like it was glued to base and it came apart when I pried on it. Almost looks like the coil got hot or shorted out at some point. I will have to replace the fiberboard at some point after I go through the rest of the fan and get it back running. Thanks for your help will probably be reaching out for some more before this project is finished

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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 08:52 pm
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Here's a picture of the base of mine. The rivets almost look like brads from the bottom. I'm pretty sure my coil is burnt out. If yours looks kind of charred, and the fan doesn't work or doesn't work right, you will need to rewind it/have it rewound. I have not gotten into mine yet so don't really know how to disassemble it yet.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 11:05 pm
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Your coil and switch looks better than mine. It would run but very briefly no sparks when plugged in. No brads and fiberboard appeared to have gotten wet. I had to chisel out the remaining fiberboard after I removed the coil and switch.  Coil will need repaired I’m sure see attached picture 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 11:14 pm
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Here’s the bottom

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