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 Posted: Tue May 2nd, 2017 09:58 pm
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John Beard
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I bought this Fresh'nd Aire 2000 a couple of months ago out of an old warehouse. I paid less than $20 for it with the thought that even if I can't make it perfect, due to its lifetime in filthy conditions, I can make it functional and presentable. Today I finally got around to disassembly and initial cleaning. The fan still runs on one speed via the pull chain. I already have a Bakelite blade to replace the blade that came with it. As I began disassembling the fan I learned just how filthy the conditions were. It looks as if the dirt that it was covered in actually helped to salvage some of the chrome. Make no mistake, it's rather pitted, but I can work with it.  I'm hoping that some Freshy people can help me identify the brand of motor, what belongs and what doesn't belong as well as offer me some tips on how to go about cleaning the switch. Also, any advice on straightening that nice little Elvis lip on the base would be welcomed. One way or the other, this fan is going to be cleaned, run on three speeds and be put someplace where it can be seen. 






















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 Posted: Tue May 2nd, 2017 10:02 pm
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John Beard
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The dirt on the towel is the crud from the switch that I scraped away when I removed it from the back.

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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 01:27 am
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So far Brasso and Mother's have made some nice progress on these parts. I still have the cage, shaft issue and switch to deal with. 


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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 03:05 am
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Dang, that poor thing had a rough life. I'm glad you rescued it. Best of luck with the restoration. 👍

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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 03:29 pm
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you are doing great polishing up the chrome! sometimes the gunk protects the finish underneath (sometimes it does not!)

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 Posted: Sat May 6th, 2017 01:07 pm
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Lookin' good there Mr. Beard!

I have an earlier vintage 20" Freshy waiting for the same treatment. You have just inspired me to get to it...

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 Posted: Sat May 6th, 2017 08:32 pm
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The switch is cleaned up. Well... it's cleaned up to the point that it operates smoothly, and dirt is no longer falling out whenever I look at it cross eyed. The crud is out of the mechanism. It appears as though I have power on all speed positions. 


Troubling rogue spring that tumbled out of the switch during disassembly. 


I'm not sure who manufactured the motor. There are zero markings anywhere. I'm still strategizing how I'm going to overcome the snapped off set screw in the shaft. 

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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 02:22 am
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Hi John. You have a GE motor in your fan. I believe it was a better motor than the previous ones. Is the screw snapped off on the blade?

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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 05:06 am
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The original blade didn't come with the fan. I had to find an original blade. Currently, I don't have a set screw for the Bakelite blade. The set screw that came with the fan has a wider diameter and is much  shorter than the screw required by the Bakelite blade. 

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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2017 01:07 pm
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If the chrome is really bad, you can reapply some. I saw the technique used on a YouTube video for restoring a socket set. 
Socket set restoration

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 03:07 pm
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John,  
Can you post a stator ohm reading for this fan when u get a chance please?

Mine seems like it should have a reasonably low ohm reading due to the heavy gage wire used and no start winding, but it is running way hot. And pulling high amps. Thanks!

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 04:45 pm
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I wiil post something once I get to that point. I've had some other household projects slow the progress on most of my fan projects. It may be a little while, but I will certainly post it as soon as I can.

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2017 06:54 pm
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Thanks!

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 Posted: Thu Jun 1st, 2017 11:57 pm
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After a ton of cleaning, hunting down a blade and a new switch here we are. It's far from showroom condition, but it's a lot better than when I found it. 











Last edited on Thu Jun 1st, 2017 11:58 pm by John Beard

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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 12:22 am
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Lane Shirey
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Great cleanup and resto !!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 01:48 am
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Amazing job John. It doesn't even look close to being the same fan. Is the cage polished, painted, or what? Again, nice job. 👍

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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 01:57 am
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John Beard
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The cage was 0000 steel wool, blasted then Flitz polish with more 0000 steel wool. It's still kind of rough, but it is much better than it was. 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 02:01 am
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Christopher Harding
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Wow! What a transformation.. came out great.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 02:22 am
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You really did that poor old freshy a good deed. Looks great :up:

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