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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 04:39 pm
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Aaron Hardy
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I finally scored my first Vornado! I probably paid a little more than prudent considering shipping, but not bad for eBay: $59.98. It appears in good shape, so I'm hoping to do little more than replace the grommets, maybe replace the cord, clean, and polish. Here's some pics:






It hasn't arrived yet; I just “won” it this morning. I never thought I'd get that feeling again like a kid waiting for Christmas, but here I am! :D 

Looking at the tag, I'm a little confused. It was advertised as a 16C2-1, but the tag simply reads 16C. Parts of the sticker are missing, so I'm not sure what the 'D' means either. Is that the Motor style? 

Can anyone tell me what I got? I'm not real familiar with Vornados yet, I just know I really like them and am happy to finally get my hands on one!

Last edited on Wed Feb 27th, 2019 05:55 pm by Aaron Hardy

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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 07:19 pm
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John McComas
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Hi Aaron,  The date of manufacture is the first 2 digits of the serial number...Like 54OICU812 = 1954.

The rubber feet look good, I would rotate them on the rivet away from the flat spot.

There is a front and back oil tube the goes down to the sintered bronze bearing and felt.
I would give 5-10 drops of oil to the front bearing and 3 to 5 drops for the back bearing.
Hopefully, your bearings are not dried out.

The motor mount grommets are best purchased from Richard Raclawski at Crescent Industries.
Rich has kits for the different models of Vornados, and online exploded drawings. (Real nice guy.)
http://www.rcrescent.com/vintagevornado/Available_Parts.html

As long as you don't have any bearing problems, I would not open the motor housing.  Just
vacuum out the fuzz through the vent holes. 

The Vornado motors seem pretty sensitive to voltage variances in your house power, and will
wander around in speed....

All I can think of for now.  Vornado's were one of the first fans I started collecting.
Happy Fanning!


  

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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2019 11:08 pm
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Aaron Hardy
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Thanks for the info John. The serial number appears to be "30401" though. That would put the manufacture date in 1930. Is it possible that numbering convention started after a certain date?

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 02:04 am
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John McComas
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I'm afraid I can't help you with your modified nameplate...

Take a look at other nameplates for Vornados in the Gallery. 

I think your fan was made in the 1950's. 

You might send a PM to William Comley  he is a Vornado collector and knows a bunch.

...or ask Rich Raclawski...

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 02:15 am
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Aaron Hardy
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Modified, huh? Interesting. I appreciate your help John. I'll reach out to William or Rich. 

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