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 Posted: Wed Jul 24th, 2019 03:47 am
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Colin Cooper
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Hi Folks – I have an GE AOU AF2 Fan in pretty decent shape that my parents gave me a few years ago that I had dreams of refinishing the paint job to a better than factory-new shine (as a first time restoration project). However, when I broke it down a few months ago I was shocked to find out that my fan was not, in fact, cast iron - but the first year of all stamped steel; AND from the sounds of things on this forum not particularly easy or advisable to remove the stator from. 
So, with my dreams of powder-coating dashed, I'd love to hear from anyone that's repainted/refinished one of these stamped steel fans. I'm assuming that I'll just have to mask the thing off like crazy?! It's also got the oscillator gear box that appears to be well-attached to the back. A few pictures attached.
I'd also really love any advice for getting that brass screw out of the oscillator bell. It's pretty well stuck in there.

I've read quite a bit of the posts on this forum that I thought might help me, but any words of wisdom would be incredibly appreciated!







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 Posted: Wed Jul 24th, 2019 04:36 am
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Steve Stephens
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Forms AE, 1925-26 had cast iron base and stamped steel motors.Forms AF 1927-29 were all stamped steel plus some pot metal in the gearbox as was Form AE.

To get that brass shoulder screw out first find out from another member if it has right or left hand threads.   I no longer have those models.  Put some good penetrant under the head now which might help you remove it when you try to.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 8th, 2019 07:49 pm
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I have refinished 3 of these and removing the gear box is not easy as it is pot metal and breaks just looking at it.  I loosen the three screws about 1 turn and with the screwdriver blade still in the slot, tap the the end of the screwdriver handle one screw at a time.  When the screws are all tight against the case, loosen the screws more and repeat the tapping. Eventually the case will come out.  Do not pry on the box from outside the motor case as you will be at high risk of breaking pot metal.  I have not tried to remove the stator.  I carefully hand sand (I use a medium grit emory paper) to remove the paint.  Lots of patience needed. Mask off the front of the motor.  I have not been concerned about paint getting into the rear vent slots.  I see very little evidence of paint getting inside the motor housing.  I could not remove the oscillator arm screw on the last one I worked on.  I just masked the bell and arm, then hand painted after assembly.  Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 04:24 am
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Thanks so much John, that's incredibly helpful!
Steve, not sure why, but it never occurred to me that the brass shoulder screw could be threaded opposite of normal – it came out quite quickly when I gave it a twist the other way.

I'll post some pictures when I get it back together. Thanks!

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 10:23 am
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Paint it yourself using Rustoleum Charleston Green.  It’s much like the original color.  In my experience there’s no need to remove the oscillator gearbox from the motor housing.  You’ll definitely risk breaking it.  

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 10:55 am
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Zackri Higgins
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Charleston green is definitely a good choice. Rustoleum “dark hunter green” also looks pretty good.

A lot of time the paint has darkened significantly on these green GEs with age from what I’ve seen. My form AB1 looked almost black when I first got it, and I know for certain it wasn’t that dark originally, because I’ve seen nicer originals with significantly lighter paint.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 03:06 pm
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Steve Stephens
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Here is a 1926 Form AE2 that I bought almost 50 years ago in its 100% original condition.  The paint color should be the same as your Form AF.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 03:31 pm
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Cory Baughn
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Steel AOU’s aren’t that bad to remove the stator from, I would just advise against removing the potmetal gearbox. It swells usually and gets permanently mounted to the motor housing because of the design. I have done a few of these fans. This one pictured had a bent rear motor housing and busted gearbox from a horrible packing job, so they are repairable if something does go wrong. 

I remove the stators though by placing the housing face down in a vice with the edges of the housing resting on the jaws, then bump the stator out from the back with even taps all around through the rear vent holes. Once the stator is flush with the vise jaws, open them up enough so the edges of the housing are resting on them but the stator will slide out between them as you tap. Once it’s out so far, you can’t remove by hand by wiggling usually. Just don’t leave it on the vise for too many taps and have it slide out to hit the floor. 

Here is one I did for my mom years ago though. Shot it in pearl white. 











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