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 Posted: Sat Sep 30th, 2017 02:30 pm
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Chris Damico
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hello.  my 1st post.  I have a Westinghouse Mobilaire in need of surgery.  I've had this fan for about 25 years and use it often in my garage.  runs like a champ.  a few weeks ago one of the motor mount bolts came out and the blades hit the case.  The blades are made of some type of fiberboard or laminate and they are badly chipped and 3 are cracked and about to come apart.  The fan is badly out of balance now and unusable.    Hoping someone has a set they can sell from a fan with a bad motor of something.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 30th, 2017 02:31 pm
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well I tried to attach 2 photos but that didn't work.

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DO YOU HAVE THE CHIPPED PIECES? THAT IS A 16" BLADE (THE THREE BLADES WERE 17") IF IT ISNT CRACKED AND VIBRATING YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO PATCH IT UP WITH JB WELD OR A GOD EPOXY IF YOU HAVE THE SHIPPED PIECES. YOU CAN ALSO USE BODY FILLER LIKE BONDO IF THE CHIP IS DEEP ENOUGH FOR IT TO HOLD. 

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Your blades are made of a bakelite type material that Westinghouse called Micarta, which means your blades are a type of early plastic material and not fiberboard or anything else like that.

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thanks for the info guys. I can't find any pieces. The chips would be easy enough to fix using epoxy but the cracks are a different matter. I have thought about drilling out the rivets and epoxying a layer of light fiberglass cloth on 1 side of each blade but finding a replacement is preferable.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 28th, 2017 01:13 am
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A member helped me out with a wing in great condition.  The only difference I see other than color is the new wing has a lot of visible fiber on the surface and the old one is completely smooth.  Hopefully this makes it stronger.  I'm going to clean the old girl up tomorrow, oil the shaft and put her back in service.   Thanks Larry.

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Chris,
Your replacement blade is fiberglass.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 28th, 2017 10:43 pm
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funny that thought crossed my mind. I think that's a good thing.

Last edited on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 03:21 am by Chris Damico

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Early Micarta was linen impregnated with resin and baked. Definitely not as strong as fiberglass but it's what they had. 

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