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That is a second Generation GE Vortalex, it should be a broze colored body with tan colored blades but it appears someone spraybombed it at somepoint in time, they are really nice fans but a bear to fix the blades if they are bent.

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thanks for the info :up:

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No problem.

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To be specific, that looks to be a GE FM12V1 - worth preserving that deco beauty that's had an obvious rough life:

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Man, I love those Vortalex fans. Those are the only stamped steel fans I really dig a lot, I have probably a dozen of them. I noticed in Tom's picture, the cage looks a bit off. I have one that was restored by a member here that knows his stuff, but it looks a bit off too. All I have done is put it together, I haven't tried to adjust it. Is it common for the cages to not be 90*?

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Levi Mevis wrote: That is a second Generation GE Vortalex, it should be a broze colored body with tan colored blades but it appears someone spraybombed it at somepoint in time, they are really nice fans but a bear to fix the blades if they are bent.I don't think it's spraybombed, just dirty from use and the general wear and tear. The colors contrast and match too closely to other originals.

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Tom Morel wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: That is a second Generation GE Vortalex, it should be a broze colored body with tan colored blades but it appears someone spraybombed it at somepoint in time, they are really nice fans but a bear to fix the blades if they are bent.I don't think it's spraybombed, just dirty from use and the general wear and tear. The colors contrast and match too closely to other originals.
Tom, How do you explain all of the red coloring on the blades of the fan in the OP's picture? If its not been spraybombed then what kind of "dirt and debris" would make that fan's blades that deep red color if its not spray paint or some other kind of paint?

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Must be my eyes, but I only see dirt and perhaps shadows from the photo's poor lighting. Anyway, the OP could have a good fan if in working order and straight.

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I agree Levi, I never saw a Vortalex with red blades...

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Tom Morel wrote: Must be my eyes, but I only see dirt and perhaps shadows from the photo's poor lighting.

I dunno Tommy.  It's a mid '70's to '80's acid trip if you aks me.

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Hey Tom, just curious, but are you perhaps color blind? No offense but I know some people if they are color blind they can't see red colors very well, I'm asking because my brother in-law is color blind and he has a hard time seeing red and orange colors. 

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No offense taken Levi. I don't think I'm color blind but my vision is only so so. Better pictures would solidify the paint either way.

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It looked like it was on an online auction site similar to eBay so the OP couldn't help the pictures very well.

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  Hey , If that fan was used near or in a paint booth where a red car or wagon was being painted , the fan would suck in the paint dust in the atmosphere and color the blades faintly red on the business side of the blade.

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Geoff Dunaway wrote:   Hey , If that fan was used near or in a paint booth where a red car or wagon was being painted , the fan would suck in the paint dust in the atmosphere and color the blades faintly red on the business side of the blade.
That's a good possibility as to what happened with that fan but its kind of weird someone would use a fan like that in a paint booth instead of an exhaust fan of some sort.

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Maybe red-oxide primer? Overspray residue? Levi Mevis wrote: Tom Morel wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: That is a second Generation GE Vortalex, it should be a broze colored body with tan colored blades but it appears someone spraybombed it at somepoint in time, they are really nice fans but a bear to fix the blades if they are bent.I don't think it's spraybombed, just dirty from use and the general wear and tear. The colors contrast and match too closely to other originals.
Tom, How do you explain all of the red coloring on the blades of the fan in the OP's picture? If its not been spraybombed then what kind of "dirt and debris" would make that fan's blades that deep red color if its not spray paint or some other kind of paint?

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Hi Richard, to answer your question. I just looked at my collection of Vortys and even the quiet blade cages since they’re similar design. It seems that about half have cages that are indexed ok, and about half are skewed one way or another. 

The struts were likely spot welded using a jig of some sort, but apparently it relied upon the worker to index them correctly. The crooked ones seem to have struts that are off center. 


Short of cutting off the struts and rewelding them, there’s no good way to make them straight. 


I’m a bit OCD also, but we all have to remember that the cages were merely intended to guard the blade, and if they were a little crooked, oh well, I guess it was “Good Enough”. Lol. 

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The where a couple of very nice Vortys sold in the auction at Fan Fair.

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Lane Shirey wrote: Hi Richard, to answer your question. I just looked at my collection of Vortys and even the quiet blade cages since they’re similar design. It seems that about half have cages that are indexed ok, and about half are skewed one way or another. 

The struts were likely spot welded using a jig of some sort, but apparently it relied upon the worker to index them correctly. The crooked ones seem to have struts that are off center. 


Short of cutting off the struts and rewelding them, there’s no good way to make them straight. 


I’m a bit OCD also, but we all have to remember that the cages were merely intended to guard the blade, and if they were a little crooked, oh well, I guess it was “Good Enough”. Lol. 
That's what I was thinking, there's really no wrong way to mount it or adjust it. Maybe I'll wall mount the fan so it's not noticable...


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