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 Posted: Sun Jun 14th, 2020 10:14 pm
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Ed Teach
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I picked up a fan from one of the members here to marry up to my screw up on the Robbins and Myers 5404. The fan I had has steel blades and the one I got has aluminum. I took off the paint and it has some etching squiggle marks form oxidization. I think I can sand it with 800 grit then polish it out if anyone knows of a better way I would appreciate it. The project so far. I decided not to pain the black. Just polish it up.












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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 12:44 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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I have spare blades for those, this should be in the pre-1950 forum, 1930s-40s

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 12:49 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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"Deluxe" fans


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1938 R&M Deluxe ad SUMMER.JPG

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 02:26 pm
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GO TO THE AUTO PARTS STORE AND GET A CAN OF MOTHERS ALUMINUM MAG WHEEL POLISH. I HAVE HAD VERY GOOD RESULTS...WEAR GLOVES TO KEEP ALUMININUM GUNK KFROM TURNING YOUR FINGERS GRAY BLACK 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 05:11 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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mother's is what I use, love it - - 0000 steel wool than polish with a soft cloth

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 06:34 pm
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I finished the fan. Seems to run nice.






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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 10:04 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Nice job, I like the polished blades -did you notice these run a bit warm?

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 10:05 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Note the ad prices -up to $37.50 - - that is for the pedestal versions I expect

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 10:07 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Did you touch up the silver stripe?

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 Posted: Mon Jun 15th, 2020 10:17 pm
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When I cleaned off the smoking nicotine it took off some of the silver. So I painted it with Metallic chrome. Runs nice.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2020 03:40 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Nice, I need to touch up mine -usually that residue is old oil, but smoker's fans can be gross

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