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 Posted: Sun Oct 4th, 2020 08:49 pm
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James Perkins
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Since it is October, I have named these 3 fans Lurch, Morticia, and Gomez:  
Lurch is a 1949 16MA2 Mobilaire with the older motor but someone has changed the switch to an Off/On/On/On rotary switch so runs on high then low then high then off.  But... It runs!

Morticia is a 1954 -1955 16RWF2 3-blade 16.5" Riviera (Hex motor).  She also needs some TLC but she runs and the switch works.  

Gomez is a 1954- 1955 16DA3 Hassock Fan (Hex motor). It doesn't have a serving tray but I found one that fits and I am excited to serve a few cocktails on the porch on this fan.  The switch is bad on this one but the motor runs when I jumper to it.  

My understanding is all of them have Micarta blades so I will probably tape them off before sandblasting.  

Does anyone think it would be a sin to update these to use solid state speed controls, fun colors, possibly wireless remote controls, and maybe some L.E.D. lighting?  I hate to mess up a good running antique but mixing some current technology with old school design appeals to me.  

My understanding is all of them have Micarta blades so I will probably tape them off before sandblasting. Does anyone have experience working with these blades?  Is lacquer or enamel paint better for them?  





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 Posted: Mon Oct 5th, 2020 09:40 am
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Mark Olson
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James Perkins wrote:
Does anyone think it would be a sin to update these to use solid state speed controls, fun colors, possibly wireless remote controls, and maybe some L.E.D. lighting?  I hate to mess up a good running antique but mixing some current technology with old school design appeals to me.  

My understanding is all of them have Micarta blades so I will probably tape them off before sandblasting. Does anyone have experience working with these blades?  Is lacquer or enamel paint better for them?  





I think "updating" the fans has appeal, especially remote control, maybe include a manual switch in case the remote gets misplaced or broken. Paint em up as pretty as you please! If the blades are Micarta, or not, any kind of primer/paint system is good.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 5th, 2020 04:33 pm
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Brad Hughes
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I say "Party On" sir.  Do what makes you happy.  None are so valuable or rare that a fun color and updating the control will do anything but increase their appeal.  They are cool examples of American ingenuity.  My 2 cents anyway!

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