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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 03:34 am
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Bijan Oskouie
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Hello all,

New member, first post.

I've always loved old fans and I've had 6-7 nice ones over the years. I bought a restored GE oscillator (similar to the one I'm asking about here) 5 years ago.

I saw this one last week and had to have it. I probably paid top (or more) dollar for it.

It'll be a fun project. It does work, but I only let it run for a few seconds, as I'm sure it needs some fresh lubricant- and new power cords, too! It looks like it's got 12" blades.

Any help is appreciated. This is has a tilting mechanism that my smaller one does not have, and I think it'd very neat, and also ingeniously simple.

The number on the tag appears to be 668193. Is this a model number, a serial number, or something else?

Thank you!











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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 05:06 am
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That is a very nice fan Bijan and collectors call it a "kidney oscillator" named for the shape of the gearbox.   There is one major problem with these fans, the pot metal construction of the entire gearbox.   If not subjected to a fall they do pretty well.   You can carefully remove the gearbox and check the casting where the gearbox flange is which is often cracked but can be reinforced.   The No. is the serial number, model is Cat. No. 75423 although it does not say on the motor tag; you'd find that in a catalog and the 75423 is always the most common 12" oscillator, 110 volts, 60 cycles.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 05:23 am
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Bijan Oskouie
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Thank you very much! Looking forward to disassembling and getting it cleaned up and rewired. I will definitely inspect the oscillator housing.

Thanks again!

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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 11:02 am
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Lane Shirey
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Tim Marks (member) makes the flange reinforcement kits if yours is cracked. 

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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 04:09 pm
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Bijan Oskouie
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Thank you Lane. That's probably going to be one of the first things i check.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 04:14 pm
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Thank you Lane, I will contact him if it's cracked. Here's its restored (not by me), younger (I think) little brother:






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Well I took my Kidney to the Lake Houston meet last weekend to get some pointers.

First off- the meet was great! Stan and Jeri Ann were wonderful hosts. To say it was fun is an understatement! I got some excellent pointers from a couple of AFCA members. I am looking forward to next year's meet big time.

So, yes, the gearbox is cracked at the mounting holes. I was lucky, I ordered the last repair flange earlier this week, so it'll be here pretty soon.

The fan is fully broken down from the base up, except for the gearbox. I don't think I'm going to attempt to remove the gears- seems too risky. I have not pulled the switch yet, I'm waiting on a headwire since it's 3 wire.

The gearbox is FILLED with grease. I mean it's nuts. What is the best solvent to assist with removing the grease? I am treating the gearbox with kid gloves, as I don't want to damage it. I believe the flange is the only damaged part- the pointer is miraculously still intact, too.

Thank you!

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 Posted: Fri Oct 13th, 2017 12:00 am
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Bijan, get some electronics parts cleaner and a tooth brush to clean the gears. I would remove the gears. It would be difficult to do a good cleaning with out remove the gears. Do not put the entire oscillator in a solvent, the pot metal could be damaged. 

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Bijan Oskouie wrote: Thank you Lane, I will contact him if it's cracked. Here's its restored (not by me), younger (I think) little brother:







Bijan, I have that same exact fan that I'm currently in the process of restoring, I believe its an AOU if I'm not mistaken (that's what mine is, except mine's a three speed and yours appears to be a single speed unit) your fan could also be a "Whiz" as well but I didn't think that Whiz's came in a 12" model, just a 9" model.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 13th, 2017 01:56 am
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Not an AOU or a Whiz. Looks like a standard 10" GE from the late 20's or early 30's. The Kidney is a beautiful example that will clean up well. I like these on low speed and they have a smooth and slow oscillation.

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OK, well I wasn't sure. The style of the handle and the way the motor is fitted inside the handle assembly reminds me of an AOU.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 13th, 2017 02:21 am
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You can soak it in Gunk carb cleaner in the 3 quart can. I soaked mine in it over night and it did not damage the pot metal at all. I knew this because I have done lots of lawn mower carbs that where made of pot metal and never had a problem with any of them. You might need to pull it out and brush the hard grease from time to time but it will clean it with no damage to any part of the gearbox and gears at all. Now I just need a complete lid.












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Thank you to everyone for the tips- it is very appreciated! There is zero doubt that I will start my AFCA membership Jan 1st.

So are the gears held in with drift pins? Either way, if pinned in, are the pins reusable? Thanks again, I am excited to get this project moving!

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 Posted: Fri Oct 13th, 2017 03:39 am
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Bijan Oskouie wrote: Thank you to everyone for the tips- it is very appreciated! There is zero doubt that I will start my AFCA membership Jan 1st.

So are the gears held in with drift pins? Either way, if pinned in, are the pins reusable? Thanks again, I am excited to get this project moving!
The only one you need to take off is the oscillator wheel. It is pinned on. After you remove it they will all come out of the top of the box. Just remember to be very careful when you take out the oscillation engaging arm inside the box under the 2 smaller gears. It has a spring and ball bearing in it and it can shoot out and never be found again.






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