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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2019 06:44 pm
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Nate Penning
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Good afternoon, I’m new to fixing fans. I love the look of them and have bought 4 over the past years. I just took apart these 2 to see if I could get them running. I took apart and did a general clean, plugged them in and both humm but don’t spin the blades. Again, I’m new to fixing these up and don’t know what else to try. Any help would be great fully appreciated!! Also any other info of these fans (Age, value, etc) would be great too!










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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 05:10 am
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Judging by the original state of them they need oil badly. Look for the oil holes in the front housing and rear bearing carrier and add 10 drops or so of zoom spout oil.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 05:10 am
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In the 5th picture saturate the felt "donut" in oil.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 09:37 am
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Your fans are from the 1950s they are what are called "dimestore" fans because of the fact that you could usually find them in nickel and dime stores (aka drugstores and small mom and pop stores) for about 5 to 10 dollars, they are usually of much cheaper build quality than a comparable Emerson or Westinghouse or GE fan, but their build quality is still worlds better than anything you can get today, especially any of those cheap Chinese made fans you get now a days.  

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 02:17 pm
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Thank you for all the info!! I greatly appreciate it! Ill get some oil on it today. I thought these were cheaper fans so I thought I'd work on these before trying my big, heavy, GE fan. 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 02:20 pm
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This is the GE fan. Any info on this one? I’m going to strip the paint, repaint, require, oil, and get it looking new. Is that a good plan? Anything else I should do/ look for?




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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 02:51 pm
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your ge is called a 2 star from roughly 1916-1919-- make sure it works properly first, then paint clean as what suits you

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 04:14 pm
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Thanks for the info on the GE. Is it an expensive fan? I know with antiques, at least most of the time, repainting and stuff isn't something you want to do. Does this go for older fans too, or should I just go for it? 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 04:17 pm
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Any recommendations on how to clean the brass on it also? Thanks again and sorry for all the questions.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 05:51 pm
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Is there a way to get the electric coils out, or should I just leave them? I’m planning on using a chemical stripper so I don’t want the chemicals to hurt the coils.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 05:52 pm
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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2019 08:13 am
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On your oiling   where you got  felt wicks and bearings is best to clean them with some sort of solvent!
We some times use Ronsonol  Lighter fuel to get grease and crud out.
Get rid of all the old oil and grease.!!
if you dont have zoom spout oil there is 3 n1 blue label and singer sewing machine oil will work.
The old oil had animal fat in it and heat and age will make it get hard .
The oscillator boxes use  good wheel bearing grease.
HAVE FUN Enjoy your fans even if they are Dime store fans, they are still antique.
 When was the last time you seen a dime store?

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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2019 04:17 pm
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Nate Penning wrote: Thanks for the info on the GE. Is it an expensive fan? I know with antiques, at least most of the time, repainting and stuff isn't something you want to do. Does this go for older fans too, or should I just go for it? 

This fan's condition is poor enough that it warrants a restoration. Fans that are in good original condition I don't usually recommend new paint and shine.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2019 06:07 pm
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Thank you for the help and recommendations! Does the coils wires come out or stay in? I can't see a way to get them out. I need to clean and strip that part and don't know how unless there's a way to do that.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 11th, 2019 03:17 pm
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Those coils are called a Stator. Do a search for "stator removal" on this site. Good luck

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