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 Posted: Sun Jul 29th, 2018 03:25 pm
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Gurn Blanston
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I'm looking for some date info on an old GE box fan I pulled out of our dump.
It's an aqua colored GE box fan # F12W14
Thinking this must be an early '60s version having the metal grate on the back, but a plastic more modern looking one on the front .

I'm guessing the owners pitched it because the motor was tight and labored to spin.
I sort of lost interest in it a year ago, as I found even after oiling down the shaft that it would get tight again.

I got a wild hair this week and pulled the blade off the shaft again and found that whatever sort of clip  was used to hold the rotor in place was broken , so I was able to pull it completely out of the motor/armature , I then tapped the dust cover out from the front of the motor, cleaned and oiled the felt and shaft, installed a new "C" clip  and then tapped the cover back in place, and drilled an oiling port.

Works like a charm now, this one even has the reversible motor with thermostat. Thought about re painting it as
I know it's not a big buck fan, just a great garage fan.


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Last edited on Sun Jul 29th, 2018 03:26 pm by Gurn Blanston

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 01:06 am
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Levi Mevis
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thats actually mid to late '50s as the ones from the '60s had a plastic 5 wing blade in place of the metal 3 wing blade assembly which is what you have. I had a fan very similar to that that I had found at the local recycling center near me, and mine had the same issue as yours did, but at the time I had it I didn't realize you had to drill an oil port into the back of the motor to oil the fan so I ended up scrapping the fan out when it started getting tight again. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 01:13 am
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Thomas Peters
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A compound and wax job might be what this fan needs for appearance,. Original paint doesn't look too bad.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 02:21 am
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David Northam
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Your green box fan with the plastic front guard is from the early 1960's. Some of the box fan experts would have to give the exact year. The "putty colored" (some say beige) GE box fans came after yours. I believe the 5-plastic bladed box fans started in 1966 or 1967. The 1965 model was putty colored, but had 3 metal blades. The 1950's GE box fans are gray and have slightly "bowed" sides to them. (Photo attached)

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 Posted: Mon Jul 30th, 2018 12:39 pm
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the square corner plastic front Spruce fans started in 1960 and finished in 1961 when metal grilles were front and rear in 1962-64 . Beige metal blades and cases were in 1965 and from late 1966-68 switched to the 5 element blade  still beige. 
The gray bowed side box fans started in 1954 and ran through 1959. You can always tell a 1959 because the trim and handles and badges have dark green, while 1958 back to 1954 are red. 

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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 02:21 am
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David Northam
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Thanks Tom. We can always count on your for accurate info on these box and window fans. I know the GE fan in the photo I posted is 1957. I also have the 1965 beige with 3 metal blades and the 1967-ish beige with 5 plastic blades.

Last edited on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 02:23 am by David Northam

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