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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 06:24 pm
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Russ Huber
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There are members here that find these early model 14-16  Fresh'nd-aire Ballentine motors with the cast pot metal(die cast) vented rear motor covers missing.  The reason for this is the Centralab nichrome wind rheostat burned out down the road, or it fell over and fractured and the owner just wired it direct to wall socket to keep it functional.


If you are an owner of a intact rear die cast motor cover for the early model 14-16 Fresh'nd-aire holding the old rheostat or potentiometer,  out of the kindness of your heart you could send your example to Cattail Foundry and have duplicates cast out of aluminum to provide the number of these fans found missing their cast rear housing. It is not real expensive to have duplicates cast.  And to make it worth your while you could charge a bit extra to sell them to cover your costs and make a little profit. 

How do I know this.....I did just that for the early Ballentine motor models 20+.





How do I know this.....I did just that for the early Ballentine motor models 20+.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 06:34 pm
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The duplicates I had cast out of aluminum.  You simply sand them down to smooth the surface, take them to the buffing wheel, drill a few holes, and they are read to rock and roll. 


The finished cast bullets seen in the images are nothing but POLISHED ALUMINUM repoped from the original die cast bullet I was lucky enough to find.








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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 06:42 pm
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If you are kind enough( and you know who you are out there owning a complete original die cast rear bullet for a model 14-16) to repop a few, installing a modern potentiometer or rheostat into the repop bullet can be done with the speed adjustment dial located in back of the bullet. Or, wherever you imagine takes you to operate the rheostat.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Nice. I was at a live steam club meet(large scale model steam trains)and saw a casting demonstration, doesn't look too difficult. I plan to set up a small aluminum foundry(already made the furnace)in my shop, but have yet to do so...

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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 07:32 pm
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This model 22 has a repop cast aluminum bullet from Cattail Foundry.  They were very reasonably priced and did a beautiful job on their rough castings. Minimal shrinkage to the castings as the bullets matched up to the circumference of the rear motor plate. 



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 Posted: Sun Dec 10th, 2017 04:16 am
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I bought one of those castings from Russ and I was pretty surprised at how rough it was when I got it. He is correct though,  you just have to sand it smooth and polish it out. The surfaces are all round so it' actually pretty easy. I have a model 14 junior without a rear cover and I would love to have The option to buy a cast rear cover  :up:

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There is a talented young member by the name of Joey Katona that bought all my Freshys and is doing great work restoring them one by one.  He recently won an ebay auction with an early freshy model 14 missing her cast pot metal bullet and speed control.


I can't help him as all I have are the larger model 20+ die cast bullets I had repoped.  There are people here reading this post with complete die cast model 14-16 rear motor bullets.  It is easy as pie to call cattail foundry and send your bullet in for repops. You just simply take a head count with a forum post for the number of cast duplicates. A repop bullet made of aluminum for a model 14/16 would roughly cost around $25-$30 a pop from Cattail.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 11th, 2017 02:19 am
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Thanks Russ! Most the credit goes to all the guys on this site that have posted their restoration, tips and tricks with these fans, But thank you.

I would for sure be willing to buy 3 or 4 of the bullets Russ is talking about so I could have an extra for the future and cover the cost of one bullet for the individual that's willing to supply the original for copy. Thanks again!

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