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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 05:40 am
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Alex Rushing
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So, after regaining interest in fan recently(not that I ever lost it - just took a break), I got out the two GE AOU Oscillators I have in the workshop. Upon inspection, it appears one of them may be a survivor fan. But, that said, I'd be very appreciative of y'alls opinion on the thought. And the other is an obvious basket case, but my OCD is compelling me to not let it become a parts fan.

The possible survivor first:


Fan runs well on all three speed settings(considering it need to be cleaned and lubed). Oscillator behaves as if it were brand new. Possibly original wiring?:?
Paint appears to be in good condition and really the only obvious things to do are these:
Rewire with appropriate head and lead wire.
Clean and resolder switch/choke.
Recover base.
New oil wick.
Clean out and regrease the oscillator housing.
Clean blades, or strip/polish if necessary.
Clean the brass cage parts and lightly polish.
Touch up the paint on the steel support ring.



















Video of it running.


https://youtu.be/Ng_15X5ioP8

Am I missing anything with that one?Does anything look "not right" about the fan?


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And the basket case:


Definitely needs to royal restoration treatment.
But, that said, I cannot find the style oscillator setup that is on it. The oscillator engagement shaft was bent badly, and I straightened it, but the gear on the engagement is seriously worn. The train looks good though. 
I wired in the motor and switch after cleaning both, with just temporary wire nutted leads, and the motor runs nicely. However, there is notable vertical play in the front motor bearing. Could this be sleeved up, or will it need to be replaced?




























VIDEO OF MOTOR RUNNING.
https://youtu.be/EzJ0ahHJCZk


So, question about these is this:
What am I getting into? What are some things to look out for on these types of fans?


I have only done a true restoration on an old Emerson recently, but have no experience with GE fans. I do love the look of the AOU fans though, ever since my father bought one that was professionally restored when I was just a teenager. I've been envious of his restored 12" GE for too long. Time to get moving on getting these two GE AOUs ready to service again.


Any help and advice will be much appreciated here. The only reason I know a tiny bit about fans is because I have read a smidgen of topics here about it. Lots more knowledge and direction needed to embark on acquiring experience.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 10:14 am
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Lane Shirey
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Use the search feature on this forum to view old posts.  There’s a wealth of knowledge there and you can find out nearly anything you want to know if you take a little time to search.
Best of luck with them! 

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Lane Shirey wrote: Use the search feature on this forum to view old posts.  There’s a wealth of knowledge there and you can find out nearly anything you want to know if you take a little time to search.
Best of luck with them! 
Your Form AD is from 1924 and should have the brass bell oscillating disc of the other fan which looks to be Form AB from 1923.  Neither should have come with the wrapped cage on the Form AB.   I'm wondering if the two fans had parts swapped around years ago when in a shop.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 07:16 pm
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Thanks, Lane! Hopefully they'll cooperate throughout the process. 
Thank you very much for the information, Steve! 
Will be on the lookout for the correct cage for the AB since the AD cage is pretty bad off. The AD would look awesome with a fire engine red base and motor case(and osc housing) and red cage mount ring/red hub, with brass blades and cage front polished up. :D
I can go ahead with the resto and change out the worn parts later, since it is oscillator related.

That would make one fairly original looking fan(for the house) and one hot rod fan(for the shop).

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Decided to go with the red/brass combo on the rough AOU. Ordered the paint, wire, grommets, oil wicks, and felt. Going to just prep and paint the base first to get an idea of how it will look. Saw a few red painted fans online and didn't care for them. But, that said, they were more mid-century, so that doesn't indicate what an older fan will look like. I have an antique fire engine in mind. Red paint on all non-brass surfaces, and polished brass anywhere possible. Ordered bronze-gold wire and gold felt for it as well. Worst case scenario is a stripping and refinishing later on. But, as I love to see old red/polished brass fire trucks(and loved them as a kid), the restomod may end up being a favorite. 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 12:57 am
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Made some adjustment to the plans. After seeing some of the gloss black fan restos with brass blades/bits, the beater AOU has gone black.Got started today with the windings/rotor/switch and what-not(cage work/paint and base work/painy

Here is the imgur gallery the pics from today went in with short descriptions of the work.
GE AOU 1927 Antique Fan Progress https://imgur.com/gallery/f7prJYX

And I know from reading around the AOUs aren't worth putting so much work into, but keep in mind they will be as rare, as pancakes are now, in 15-20 years. Well worth the trouble in my opinion. Might as well invest in an obtainable market before it shifts to unobtainable. :)
Plus, and this is just my opinion, the AOU series with brass blades are just stunning when restored well. :dude:

Last edited on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 01:01 am by Alex Rushing

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 01:25 am
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Loved the pictures Alex. My very first restoration was a GE AOU (a 12 inch AOU similar to the one below). I have found them to be one of the easiest (if not THE easiest) fans to work on. Thank goodness my first restoration wasn't a stamped steel westy or I might not have continued. Anyway, your work is wonderful. Love to see pictures of the fan when it's all done. The AOU's aren't worth a lot of money but the oscillation is slow and steady and they run relatively cool. Nice fans!

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 02:05 am
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Thank you very much, David!

Beautiful fan in the photo! Similarto what I am picturing as a result of the AOU in progress.

I feel like the Emerson I restored for my father was a bit easier. That said, I did not go to the level I am with this AOU. The Emerson stators are definitely easier to remove though.


I still have the late teens Westy oscillator that turned me off of fan resto for 13 years. You aren't kidding about those things. It will run and oscillate, but only with a push of the blades to start. Some reading has shown it to be starter windings related. Not looking forward to getting the stator out of that one to attach a proper head wire.


There is one piece I need for the AOU I'm working on. It is the gear on the oscillator engagement post. It is pretty buggered from the steel worm. But, that can be fixed later on when the part can be found cheaply enough.

Last edited on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 02:06 am by Alex Rushing

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 Posted: Mon Aug 19th, 2019 11:22 am
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Check with Chad Baker at http://www.antiquefanparts.com. I bet he has the part you need. He’s a good guy!

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