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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 12:58 am
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Tom Morel
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I have been saving my pennies for a while, and I've been
wondering many things. Which is the cheapest year and model
and much that will cost, what condition should I get, and how
much parts will cost. Thank you and have a nice evening.

Tom Morel

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 01:14 am
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Tom, the least expensive will be a 1906-07 and they are the ones with the smooth base. The 06 motors look like the previous three years until later in the year and they along with the '07 have a different style of motor housing but they are still pretty much the same fan.

Parts can run pretty high for some of them if you can even get them and I think that a complete and good fan will probably end up costing you the least. I think you will have to pay a minimum of around $300 for a decent and nearly complete later pancake but I have watched prices steadily go up on these neat fans so I don't know where they are now. Check ebay's completed listings and you'll see what they are bringing on there. Occasionally a good deal on a nice machine will sneak through or just "happen". Good luck on your quest.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 01:21 am
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Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland
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$300 if you're very lucky I think. It seems to me watching ebay and other places, that the minimum for good complete  06-07's is around $400-450. Their prices just keep going up....and up.....and up.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 02:28 am
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Tom, FWIW...when these cakes a fine tuned, they are wonderful machines. I have been using mine at bedside daily when Susan is not around. Susan likes looking at them, as long as they are not running. What fun is that, right? :D

WE all need to watch our pennies and where they go. BUT!....at times why not treat yourself to a good thing! You only live once.

I bought my 12" 05 from a guy who worked at a recycling center. Someone brought it in for junk. The guy at the recycling center recognized it wasn't junk...nudge..nudge wink...wink :D

I rebuilt it from the ground up. I even had to completely disassemble the stator. All that was left of the guard was the rear pierced ring in the struts. I used a 12" BMY guard, and had my buddy Steve cut it free from its wraps on the rear ring and pierce it into the 05 rear ring. I sent the blade to Dave Dalsin to remove the wings and pressure roll them to get the creases out. I bought parts from Darryl Hudson, like the terminal insulsators, the delrin tube for the switch, power cord grommets. The Frank wittled me up a new snuggy bearing lickety split. :)

It has a new $75 Sartron speed coil. I clocked the 5 speed variations with a strobe at 1,494...1,307...1,093...764...and a gentle breeze low of 535 RPMs. On low all you hear is a slight buzz of the transformer...that is it.

Like I said...once you work the bugs out, and fine tune that machine, they will treat you right over and over again until death do you part. Amen fan brother. Good luck in the hunt! They can be found in the wild! :D

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 02:35 am
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Remember....don't let the fan intimidate you...YOU..intimidate the fan! Huuurrrrah...Semper FI!.......carry on.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 12:35 pm
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I'm pretty new to collecting (started in March), and I've found two cakes so far at auctions. I'm hopeful I'll find more. The ones I bought went pretty cheap. Of course, I spend a lot of time scouring auction bills, driving, and standing around all day at auctions waiting to bid on the items I want, so that's a consideration if you don't have the time or inclination to do that sort of thing. Good luck in your quest.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2012 12:57 pm
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Tom Morel wrote:
I have been saving my pennies for a while, and I've been
wondering many things. Which is the cheapest year and model
and much that will cost, what condition should I get, and how
much parts will cost. Thank you and have a nice evening.

Tom Morel




the best kind of pancake

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 Posted: Wed Sep 12th, 2012 03:09 am
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I would take a cake in any condition so long as I know that parts can be remade here in the club with the members. I paid $50.00 for a 16" in stump cake on CL a year ago. and another 02 12" stick mount Cake also on CL complete for $50.00 5 years ago. I left work early that day and drove 40mi north @ 85mph cuz thats my cars top speed, if not I would of gone faster I think...LOL but I got the fan anyways and was totally thrilled!!!

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Just wanted to say thanks to Russ Huber for taking a crucial picture for me; the exploded view of the stator. 
I'm trying to find a broken endwire on one of the poles, and now I see how the shaded pole part fits. I'm hoping to unwrap one coil, find the end that is broken, and rewrap the coil. Then I can check for continuity. Then the fun really begins as I figure out what I need to fix the switch. At least one spring is gone and possibly other tiny pieces from my '02 stick. So I hope to be calling/e-mailing Kim Frank soon for switch help. Thankfully, the porcelain appears completely intact. 

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As far as looks go, i like the full rib 03 and half ribbed 04's.. I think they are the finest looking pancakes ever made! I have an 1900-1901 I like very much but as far as pleasing the eye its the 03 for me... And I saved my bucks and bought it from Kim Frank! Kim restorwd it top to bottom so any maintainance performed by me should make it last another hundred years! Cakes are sweet, overbuilt fans from simple times...
Geo...

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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2017 03:29 pm
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Tom Morel
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I agree George, although the 99 stick is my favorite. Can't afford it right now. This thread is very old now but I have a couple cakes in the works right now.

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Pancake on a stick anyone?!   :P  :dude:

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George Durbin
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Stick cake!  😉😉
Geo...

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Exactly George! Hey George, I did get my Menominee going, but its not wanting to run at speed, but its not pulling an incredibly large amount of amps either. Any ideas? I started a thread for it seperate from my original thread about it, since it wasn't getting a whole lot of attention.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2017 11:32 pm
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David, just give me a shout and we'll get that cake up and going for you. Can't tell you how many times I've gone diving for those broken off leads. If it's too messed up, it's an easy rewind.
I like all the examples of the GE cakes, as each one has it's own characterics that make it special. But, like George, my favorites are the half ribbed 1904's. They just lend themselves to custom paint......

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 Posted: Sun Oct 8th, 2017 12:43 am
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Kim Frank wrote: But, like George, my favorites are the half ribbed 1904's. They just lend themselves to custom paint......
You like 1904 better than 1905?  They are nearly the same fan, yes?  Different motor tag on the 1905 and the 05 has a few more parts on the base.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 09:43 am
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There isn't a lot of differences, but the '04 has the single set screw in the neck of the base, as compared to the '05. They both look good in two tone........



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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 01:47 am
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Tom Morel
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That's great craftsmanship Kim.

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Those two-tones are spectacular



The gold in the fourth post is also striking... never thought of that... has anyone done similar work with other ribbed fans?






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