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 Posted: Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 08:20 pm
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Michael Beaudette
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I would like some thoughts from other members on the possibility of a separate type of the GE 55x164. I have a 55x164B that looks to have its original finish. The color is bronze with brass accents vs the popular black with silver/chrome accents. Rear badge is brass with bronze backdrop instead of the chrome and black backdrop. The label reads cat.# 55x164B the B obviously being the clue. I have done some research to try and find other fans with this color scheme and so far found 2 others. Would love some feedback or other pics of this color scheme. Here are some pics of my fan and the others I have found.











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 Posted: Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 09:25 pm
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Michael Beaudette
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pics of the GE 55x164 to compare to



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 Posted: Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 10:52 pm
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Michael Beaudette
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ID Label comparison between the 2 types



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2017 01:19 am
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Over a period of a couple years scanning eBay auctions I saw two or three. Yours is an earlier one, with the "R" serial number; the preponderance of those I've seen carry "S" numbers. The "dark bronze with gold" color scheme is the lower left pic.



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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2017 01:35 am
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eBay-- June 2016





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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2017 01:40 am
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Michael Beaudette
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That's awesome to see that I wasn't just imagining things. 

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Do you know how many different versions of the 55x164 they did?

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That is a great find Michael and in wonderful condition.

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Michael Beaudette
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Thanks Steve

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Anybody have any literature on this fan?

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 Posted: Mon Dec 4th, 2017 02:05 am
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   The two color schemes you mentioned of that one model is all I know or have seen. Graybar versions are rebadged but seemingly identical (anyone?). Some bases do not have "General Electric" in raised letters. Never yet seen report of an oscillator in the wild... 









G.E. Monogram (publication) May or June 1933

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Michael Beaudette
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Great info :up: :up:

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I plucked this 1936 image from a forum post a couple years ago... a search ought to turn up others...





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Any idea how to date them? I have a black one with silver painted adjustment knobs and one with chrome adjustment knobs.

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   You're fortunate to have two; I'd like to see a bronze/gold in person to formulate an opinion, looks good in photos. I've been revising my outlook on GE dates of birth, relying more on serial numbers than the Form designation... if those two pictured labels are your two fans, it appears the brighter is earlier d.o.b. (if I'm reading all correctly), and you're in that '34-'36 period, manufactured in Bridgeport CT... can't venture more opinion until I have a lot more data and sort out serial numbers more thoroughly..... Here is where some of the old hands should weigh in...

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I will post more pics when I get the chance? within the next couple days

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More labels for comparison...









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Are the Graybar's hard to come by?

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1. 1933 2. 1934  3.1934



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Michael Beaudette wrote: Are the Graybar's hard to come by?
These quiet blade models appear 1933-34.  They are very well constructed with heavy cast aluminum, yet very basic in construction. They have state of the art Oilite bearings(porous bearings) front and back. They appear to come with bronze or black finish. under the GE logo or Graybar. The are cool, but not rare.

Billy Skolfield even got his 2 cents into the patented metal spring steel end play washer on the rotor shaft.

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http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=45424&forum_id=1&highlight=Gosling

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http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=34952&forum_id=1&highlight=Gosling

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Not rocket science. :D  Enjoy your toy.

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Russ Huber wrote: The bearings are the porous Oilite variety located both front and back. The only hole through the bearing is for the rotor shaft, thus getting lubrication directly between the bearing and rotor shaft surface is not easy.

There is an oil cup with felt wick on the front bearing. The felt ONLY comes in contact directly on the Oilite bearing surface. The principle of this is the Oilite bearing is like a sponge that retains lubrication, thus to saturate the bearing with oil keeps lubrication present for some time.

The problem is over time the fan bearings are neglected, the Oilite bearing goes dry and old oil tarnish forms on the moving contact surfaces. The fan eventually freezes up.

I had to disassemble mine completely to get things right. The bearings were so dry and tarnished the rotor froze.

The blade threads off like an Emerson screw on blade...CW. Your freeze the rotor from the back to remove the blade like an Emerson. Once the blade is off you'll find your way.

I drilled holes into the Oilite bearings on my example at the lubrication points for future. This way lubrication between the bearing and rotor shaft surface could be instantly gained.

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