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GE vortalex first restoration  Rate Topic 
 Posted: Wed Sep 30th, 2020 04:24 pm
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Mike Mclucas

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Hello all, new to antique fans and first post. I looked for a while for a fan as my first restoration. Found one this past weekend.  It is a GE vortalex fm12v43 and it does run.  Tried to upload pics, but screen never quit saying uploading please wait.  However the tag also says N.P. 133780-S no. 4.  Guessing its from the early 50's?  The one tack weld joint on the cage is broke, I noticed there is a blade wobble when it runs, and it has the old wiring.  From what I read on maintenance, the front oil cap gets 3 in 1 oil and you pack the rear oscillation housing with lucas red n tacky grease. 

So, before I get started down a wrong path and take something apart unnecessarily, any advise on what to do to completly go thru the fan and get it up to top shape? 

What all do I take apart and clean? 

Would like to replace the wire with a grounded plug, where do I bond the geound and ant recommended cord?

How do I replace the cloth wire?  I assume it goes directly into the fan motor field windings?

How do I solve the wobble?  Assiming the blade needs balanced.

How to fix the cage weld joint?  Solder it, braze it, dab of jb weld, or something else?

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