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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2020 02:14 pm
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Nate Higgins
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Howdy! I've got this 1950's Westinghouse desk fan that I'm trying to take apart, rewire and repaint. Had no trouble with it until now. From what I can tell, the only thing holding the motor assembly within the case is these two screws, but its almost as if they're welded in place. I've tried everything short of heat, which I really don't think is much of an option considering all the electrical components still in place. Am I doing something wrong? Are these left hand threaded? I hate to admit it, but I even tried putting an impact drill to it, with nothing to show except a fun new cut on my hand for the trouble. Thoughts?https://imgur.com/EPw93YY
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 Posted: Sun Aug 16th, 2020 01:15 pm
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Mark Olson
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I see a can of WD-40 on your bench. That is not a real good penetrating oil. Try Kano-Kroil or P'Blaster. If you can apply the penetrant to the other end of the screws as well, that will help. It may take a day or two to work. The impact drill is a very good tool for tight screws, just make sure that the bit, or screwdriver tip, is correct for the screw and fits it well. Use quick bursts on the drill trigger.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 21st, 2020 04:23 am
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Those are not screws, they are more or less pins that hold the stator in place with threads on the end by the oscillator.  the way to get them out, when the back motor cover is removed, you'll see the oscillator on the back of the motor, the two nuts that hold that on the motor have to be removed, then remove the connecting arm from the base to the oscillator, if you have the the head removed from the base already, remove the c clip holding the swival and tilt piece that is on the large rod coming off the bottom of the motor, then the oscillator should (but sometimes needing a little persuasion) slide off the shaft of the motor.    Now, using a drift punch, tap on the end of the pins where the nuts came off (be careful and dont rush), it takes a little bit of time but they will come out, they are just really tight cause they were pressed in. when putting them back in, take a little sand paper to the pins and clean them up a little, and they'll slide right back in place
Hope this helped, I had to do this on a 16" Westinghouse SD4 

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 Posted: Fri Aug 21st, 2020 04:45 am
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 Posted: Sat Aug 22nd, 2020 03:46 pm
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Nate Higgins
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You are a saint among saints. They came right out, nice and easy. The idea of them being pins never even crossed my mind. Why on earth would they make them appear to be screws on one end? I'm just glad I didn't try and drill them out or something rediculous. Thanks for the assistance!

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 Posted: Tue Aug 25th, 2020 02:52 am
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Kyle Shelstad
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westinghouse did many strange things with fans, but they still made a great fan.  when I fixed my SD4, I had help from Tony Claton, a very knowledgeable westinghouse enthusiast, he's a good member to ask too when it comes too when it comes to complicated issues.  I look forward to seeing your fan up and running

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 Posted: Tue Aug 25th, 2020 03:09 am
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I would have thought like you did.Hope,to see complete.

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