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 Posted: Sun Feb 16th, 2020 04:39 pm
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Joel Schmid
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Just finished full restoration on this nice Vornado 16C2-1 desk fan.
Since I'm not a "fan" of the industrial institutional green that Sutton painted these fans in the day I decided to change it to a nice Aqua-blue and orange trim paint scheme.
This fan had severe rust damage to the speed coil, rotary switch, and speed coil mounting pan under its base.
I completely disassembled the fan and drilled out the rivets for the laminations on the speed coil, disassembled it, and wound a new coil with a slightly higher impedance to give low speed a little bit more distinction. (went from 6 ohms up to 8 ohms)
The original factory waterslide decal patent label was destroyed by the rust, so I used photoshop to create a new one from scratch. The original rubber stamped serial number was unreadable as well - so I just made up my own number. I was able to closely match the original AO Sutton label colors, as well as the fonts used in the label.
I soaked the felt oil pads in hot solvent to leech the old dirty oil out of them, then soaked them in 3-n-1 blue oil before painting the motor end caps and re-assembly.
She runs nice and quite and looks great in the bedroom :





















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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 02:47 am
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John Nyman
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I have one in stock colors, also in the bedroom and it's slow speed is a touch fast for my liking but it's built for 110V and we normally see 120-125 here at home. I like your color choice and slowing the low speed is a good idea...Nice Job, I bet it's fun to own!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 17th, 2020 04:01 pm
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Joel Schmid
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Thanks John !
Yep this one is lots of fun.
This was for the wife.
She loves it !

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 Posted: Tue Feb 18th, 2020 06:03 am
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John,
get you one of those speed controllers on e bay and  set it up to pull the voltage to 110 or so.
About 90 volts is as  low as I go.
One test you can do is to slow it down to your liking  while its running at that  speed turn it off til it comes to a fulll stop then re start if it restarts good your ok,.  if not adjust it up a little ti it re starts .
nice job  on that old fan

Last edited on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 06:04 am by Charlie Forster

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 Posted: Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 08:25 pm
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John Nyman
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I'd like to try one of those controllers but I can't figure out which one he used on that Vornado

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 Posted: Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 11:08 pm
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Something like this
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4000W-0-220V-AC-SCR-Electric-Voltage-Regulator-Motor-Speed-Controller/132478787947?epid=939709488&hash=item1ed859e16b:g:kQ0AAOSwXSJbG1YQ
 I rigged a box So   I can   control the speed and also change it for DC ALSO.
I dont know if this is the same as mine  but should work.
 The ones I have we ran a 1/2 hp electrical motor with it with no problem.
The box I made up Im using on my Black and Decker valve grinder with it , as the motors are 110 volts

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 Posted: Tue Feb 25th, 2020 02:42 am
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John Nyman
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Thanks for the link sir!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 25th, 2020 03:34 am
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Charlie Forster
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You are Welcome

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 Posted: Fri Feb 28th, 2020 02:52 pm
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I have Variacs running most of my fans that I use on a regular basis. I got some of those cheap controllers, couldn't get them to work.

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