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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 12:33 am
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Malcolm MacGregor
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All, I bought this fan on eBay about 6 months ago.  Feeling some antique fan snobbery I reluctantly started working on this fan. I searched this forum and saw this picture posted but member John Fengel back n 2008 I contacted John. See John’s pictureWell he has been a very nice gentleman and has helped me copy his vision. After weeks, I have almost completed the project. 





So thank you John!  I’m going complete this soon. I must admit this fan is very difficult to reassemble. 
Malcolm MacGregor

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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 01:27 am
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Noah Britt
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That's a stunning job you did on that fan!! It would've been a crime to repaint it with the drab pinkish-brown color it originally had. 



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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 01:40 am
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Brice Nagelmaker
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Awesome job on that! I have a later model with the plastic blade in the grunge pink.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 02:18 am
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John Fengel
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Good job Malcolm! Great looking fan. Glad I could help out!!

John

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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 01:30 pm
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Very nice work! I've always loved the look of polishing the fins on the motor housing on these fans. Their design just begs for that extra touch.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 02:28 pm
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Tom Zapf
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THEY SURE BOTH LOOK GREAT ! 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2021 05:53 pm
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Malcolm MacGregor
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My fan had a plastic blade too. I searched Ebay until I found a -3 model with t he metal blade. The fan didn’t operate but the blade is good and it didn’t cost that much !

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Levi Mevis
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I've got a 12LA4 LivelyAire that has a metal blade that's similar to the blade you have on your fan curently 
mine is a 12" two speed model, from about the late 40's or early 50's. Mine was brown with a tan metal blade with a brown middle cap on the blade.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 01:04 am
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Malcolm MacGregor
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Well, if you have a metal blade for sure, strip it down and polish that aluminum with a good metal polish. I used Mother’s Mag/Aluminum polish, no buffing wheel in my garage 🤛

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Levi Mevis
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Malcolm MacGregor wrote: Well, if you have a metal blade for sure, strip it down and polish that aluminum with a good metal polish. I used Mother’s Mag/Aluminum polish, no buffing wheel in my garage 🤛
I prefer to keep my fans looking as original as possible.  :up: I'm what you would call a purist.  :D

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