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 Posted: Fri May 10th, 2019 01:55 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Friends:  With the superb craftsmanship of AFCA member Rick Powell who japanned the base and the case, and the fabulous work by Ron Bethoney on the brass and the rubber grommets from Darryl Hudson, this 1913 R & M gear back fan came back to glorious life last night. At this point it is missing only one strut, which I will have to have made for me if I cannot find a replacement. I do have a question regarding the item circled in the last picture. What is the function of that part? I haven't a clue what that is for or what it does.







I would be most appreciative if I could be enlightened on the function of this item. 

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 Posted: Fri May 10th, 2019 03:29 pm
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Geoff Dunaway
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    That's a grease cup which allows the grease to flow into the bushing & onto the rotor shaft when the fan warms up a bit and you raise that brass rod.  This allows warmed grease to settle  toward the bushing and the rod pushes the grease into the bushing  & onto the shaft when you press it back down.

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Steve Stephens
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David Kilnapp wrote: ... this 1913 R & M gear back fan came back to glorious life last night. 
Good news David, your fan is older than that.   The R&M gear back with the start switch was a one year (and the first) model introduced in 1911.   The 1912 model used an R&M motor instead of the Westinghouse motor and did not use a start switch.  The 1912 and later models also had a round back ring cage instead of the square ring to name a few differences.   

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 Posted: Fri May 10th, 2019 04:56 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks Steve. You are a wealth of information which I value and appreciate. Is there any chance you might have a replacement strut?

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 Posted: Sat May 11th, 2019 01:07 am
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Steve Stephens
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No extra struts David and I was short on one or more R&M struts for a fan I sold.   May be a hard part to find.

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 Posted: Sat May 11th, 2019 04:27 am
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Dennis Lebow
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David what size is the struts you need  is this it ?   

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 Posted: Sat May 11th, 2019 11:30 am
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David Kilnapp
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Dennis you are a wonder. The strut is 6 3/4 inches. I will also need the clip and the two brass screws that go with it if you have them.

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