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 Posted: Sat Jan 5th, 2019 08:07 pm
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Peter Buffo
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I posted about this fan earlier, but didn’t realize how bad the switch and baseplate was until today. I was able to correct the major problem with the blade being out of clock, it’s not perfectly balanced, but runs without goofy weights on back of the blade. 

This makes me a little sad due to my friend believing that the fan was “professionally “ restored. She loves it, now I wanna make it safe and capable of running on hot summer nights.

I think I need a baseplate and complete switch due to the funky soldering job.... now I know why there was no difference in speeds!

If anyone has a rear cap for this bad boy, I’ll gladly pay for it as well!

Cheers and thanks ahead of time FANNation!
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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2019 12:04 am
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Geoff Dunaway
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  Looks like you have an S-2 Century switch in there that has been adapted to one speed only. How many wires in the headwire ??   The base should have rubber feet (Chad Baker or Darryl Hudson) and a metal plate that screws down to cover the switch. There may be a stump up here with that stuff in it. Tis important to know whether U got a 2-wire or a 4-wire headwire though.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2019 03:54 am
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Geoff Dunaway wrote:   Looks like you have an S-2 Century switch in there that has been adapted to one speed only. How many wires in the headwire ??   The base should have rubber feet (Chad Baker or Darryl Hudson) and a metal plate that screws down to cover the switch. There may be a stump up here with that stuff in it. Tis important to know whether U got a 2-wire or a 4-wire headwire though.Thanks Geoff! I believe it’s safe to say two wire.😎


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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2019 10:44 am
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Remember that "professionally" only means the perpetrator of this crime gets paid to do this sort of crap as a "profession" of some sort. So that makes them a Professional Fan Mangler Extraordinaire...

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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2019 11:33 pm
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This reminds me of the term "museum quality" which can run from exceptional to not very good at all.   Museums contain all sorts of items in any imaginable condition.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2019 02:29 am
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Steve Stephens wrote: This reminds me of the term "museum quality" which can run from exceptional to not very good at all.   Museums contain all sorts of items in any imaginable condition.Exactly Steve, however, this fan has some interesting qualities and someone put some time and thought into rigging this thing up instead of fixing it correctly. 
The paint is beautiful. Not original, someone sprayed it with the case together and it’ll be ruined when it’s cracked open, but really nice finish. 

The blade is steel with what appears to be brass electroplating under gold paint. I didn’t know anyone electroplated stuff like this in the 1920’s. Someone polished thru the brass on two blades and polished it all of down to near mirror on the steel blades which gives it a funky two tone look. The back of the blades and hub have beautiful electroplating intact. 

The motor is strong and when hooked up to a variac and slowed down, it runs really smooth and quiet. (With exception of still a little wonky blade)

This is the first GE of this Vintage I’ve ever worked on and it’s been fun. I’m learning as I go and it’s the 4th fan I’ve hit with a 2x4😎.

Any help locating parts to fix it for my friend is appreciated. 
Cheers!

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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2019 02:37 am
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Peter Buffo
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David Allen wrote: Remember that "professionally" only means the perpetrator of this crime gets paid to do this sort of crap as a "profession" of some sort. So that makes them a Professional Fan Mangler Extraordinaire...Mangler is manageable, this is dangerous. The bottom “plate” is cardboard and the switch was taped up to keep it from arcing on the base. The lead weight on it came off with finger pressure (imagine that thing flying off at the one super high speed it was operating at.... my friend loves it and paid a lot for a “rare” fan that was safe to use. It’s ok it’s not “rare”, it’s definitely not ok to sell something as safe to use when it’s anything but.Cheers!

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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2019 09:48 pm
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Good on you Peter to take up fixing this fan for your friend. It's a shame when people market a fubared fan as something rare and professionally restored.

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Tom Morel wrote: Good on you Peter to take up fixing this fan for your friend. It's a shame when people market a fubared fan as something rare and professionally restored.“Fubared”! Love it and thank you. She’s a trusting soul and it’s unfortunate she was taken advantage of long ago.
On a positive note, after whacking one more blade with a 2x4 a few times, it runs remarkably smooth compared to before. With a variac, she will be able to run it on a lower speed and now its smooth enough to run without it vibrating drinks off the table.😎

This is the first GE this age I’ve worked on and it’s been fun. I have learned a lot and I really like the simple design. Good lord does it move air! 

I’m going to manufacture a wooden baseplate and mount this switch to it securely so it will run, and continue to look for parts. I found some gold colored cloth wire from a project I redid a while back and used it for the headwire. Not sure how people feel about these shrink tube/solder devices, but I’m very impressed and they are crazy strong. I was able to get shrink tube over the last 1/2 inch of original cloth covering and all the way up to what looks like a factory knot between the two wires. I then put two additional layers of shrink tube around the entire finished connections. Given its wide arc it can rotate, it needs a longish wire and I’m considering securing with dental floss up near the bottom of the base to guard against someone grabbing it.







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 Posted: Wed Jan 16th, 2019 04:27 am
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Finished..... for now.... Given the fact my friend is mildly possessive about her fan and I promised to bring it back this weekend, I did my best to make it safe and useable until parts are found. 
Secured it to a temporary base of cork covered plywood and secured the switch to the new base with stacked plastic washers and screws. Replaced wiring and knocked blades back into clock. If you look closely, the power cord is being held together by the lead weight that was glued to the blade😎. I chose the gold headwire to go with the “bling” this fan gives off. I learned quite a bit, even bought a stroboscope after getting frustrated with the blade wobble. Not sure how I balanced a blade without one now.

Original or not, this is a cool fan.  If anyone has a 1922 GE switch and base plate they’d part with, I’d love to get it before end of June when I go back for her birthday.
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