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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 02:15 am
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Steve Butler
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My friends son needs something for his 4-H Americana project. They research an item, clean or restore it, and make a display. I told him we would raid the mini barn and find something. We picked the 32v. Delco Light. It should make a nice history about the early electrification of rural America. The paper label is still in tact and says 1916. I want to make sure everything he’s displays is correct. It’s a two star with brass cage but has a painted steel blade. I assume someone took the brass blade off at some time? The GE info shows two stars 16-18 bb bc. Should I rob a bb from another fan to put on this one?  Thanks in advance. Sorry for wasting time. I re-read the GE info and it says they used steel blades at that time to cut down on brass use. :hammer: I need to pay more attention.  

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 07:58 pm
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Steve,

The steel blade on my Delco-Light 2 Star is brass plated, not painted.  The rear cage ring is also steel and appears to be brass plated.




Hope this is useful,
Edward

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 Posted: Thu Apr 12th, 2018 08:46 pm
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Thanks Edward, yours looks like a very nice survivor. My cage is all brass but I do have another two star with a brass blade and mixed metal cage. I’m going to have to paint the blade on this one because large pieces of plating are gone. Hopefully it will look as nice as yours for his project.  Happy hunting. 👍 

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The 4-H Americana project is finally done. Steven just got done putting the blade and cage on. Now he has to write a history report about the project. Cross your fingers, he’s trying for another grand champion project. Here are some before and after pictures. Maybe a future fan collector. 🤓

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Thats a grand champion if I have ever seen one! Great job

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Love the brass cage! You could have the blade re-plated though it looks mighty nice painted. Perhaps another forum member could comment on the cost of re-plating just for the information.

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Steve, that turned out so nice! All these years it seems nobody accidentally plugged it into 110V and smoked it, as well!

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David Allen wrote: Steve, that turned out so nice! All these years it seems nobody accidentally plugged it into 110V and smoked it, as well!Thanks all for the kind words. I was amazed at how good the switch and speed coil looked inside.  I believe it’s the nichrome wire being DC. 

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Enough paper label to get the date from too. 👍

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2018 04:23 pm
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Behind that Delco light badge there should be a regular GE badge... Another interesting thing from a WW1 fan... Did you get a look behind the delco light badge to see if a GE badge was there?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2018 05:11 pm
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Hi Mike!
I am looking for Delco light advertising for their fans... I have searched long and hard for any fan advertising from Delco Light and cant come up with any... If you find any please post it! Or a Delco Light catalog??

Geo...

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2018 05:46 pm
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Hey George, we took the badge off to clean off the paint. There wasn’t another behind it. It was mounted just like if it was a GE badge. 

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Stay tuned everybody, I've got a whole bunch of new stuff, old stuff will come back as well, I've got new editing software and have been re-organizing and reclassifying information, timelines, etc.

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I’m certain that this fan originally came with the brass cage painted black. When we took the badge off there was like new black paint underneath. The badge was originally painted too. 

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