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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 02:08 am
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Neal Dawson
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I have a GE Mid Century fan that needs to have the locking thumb screw replaced. I would appreciate and help in fix this. I have attached 2 photos of the fan and the part that I am trying to fix. Thanks for your help regarding this request.

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 03:19 am
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Dave McManaman
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Looks like you need a shoulder to arm screw. Chad Hunter has then in brass at http://antiquefanparts.com/brass-shoulder-screw-for-arm-to-wheel-ge-vortalex-12-16/
Darryl Hudson may have them in his inventory also at http://www.hudsonscustommachining.com/CurrentPartsList_20170127.doc

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 10:08 am
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Lane Shirey
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From your pic, it appears that the threads might also be stripped out, which is common with these pot metal necks. If so, you either will need to look for a replacement neck, use a helicoil, or retap it for a larger thumbscrew. 

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 10:52 am
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Can you tell me how to remove the neck?

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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2018 08:10 pm
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Your fan is a late 1940s vintage GE Vortalex Pedestal fan which is two speed and is also missing its badge on the cage. They are considered GE's top of the line fan model and are very good fans they are nice and quiet while moving tons of air, they are part of GE's Quiet Blade line of fans that they started making in the late 1930s and made clear up until the mid 1960s.

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Lane Shirey
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Shoot penetrating oil into all the screw holes. Looks like you have all of the fasteners removed. Probably just seized up. 

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Neal Dawson
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So it should just slide off after all the fasteners have been removed. It does rotate but will not slide off.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 12:54 am
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Here are four photos of the neck that I am trying to remove so I can machine the hole that locks the fan in a upright position. I have looked at this part very closely and cannot see any other screws that might be keeping it from sliding off. Let me know if there is anything else that I need to do to be able to remove this part.  Thanks for your help  Neal Dawson







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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 02:18 am
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I have successfully removed the neck of my Mid Century GE fan. I now need to fine someone that can machine this part for the new brass screw I purchased from antiquefanparts.com

http://antiquefanparts.com/brass-shoulder-screw-for-arm-to-wheel-ge-vortalex-12-16/

This will need a helicoil. I can mail the neck and screw to the person that can do the machining. Thanks in advance for your help

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 02:29 am
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Levi Mevis
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um, Neal that screw you ordered (or linked to) is for attaching the oscillator wheel assembly to the Oscillator arm, that's not a thumbscrew for attaching/adjusting the neck on the Vortalex fan...

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Can you tell me what screw I need and where to get it?

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 03:21 am
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I'm not sure as I don't have a pre-1950 Vortalex as they changed the thumbscrew design between 1938 and 1950, but on my 1950 12" Vortalex the thumbscrew looks like the one posted below.  




I looked through the Antique Fan Parts website and they didn't have any adjusment thumbscrews for the Vortalex fans listed in their inventory.

Now I'm assuming you have the screw that holds the neck to the base right? If you don't have that then the Adjustment Thunbscrew isn't going to do you any good.  

As to where you can get this thumbscrew, you may have to keep an eye out on ebay for someone who's parting out a GE Vortalex.

Last edited on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 03:23 am by Levi Mevis

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 11:29 am
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Neal I have a parts vorty that has that neck, let me check the threads to see if they are good. 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 01:49 pm
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I am looking for a pre-1950 GE Vortalex thumbscrew. Any help in locating one would be greatly appreciated.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 02:16 pm
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