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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 05:01 pm
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Ryan Lemke
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Since I started collecting fans several years ago, I have to say I have been pretty fortunate in that almost all of the fans I purchased have had working motors, with the exception of only a handfull. One of the few "burnt out" fans I puchased was a Vornado Model 20C2-1. Needless to say, it has sat for several years collecting dust. Which brings us to yesterday...
My wife supports my illness in this hobby, but does not have quite the passion I do. Her nightly runner is a modern Vornado VFAN "Vintage" Air Circulator that we purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond several years ago. Yesterday she asked if I could clean it good for her since it had aquired a fair amount of dust on the blades and inside the shroud behind the OSHA grills. When I realized it was only a matter of removing 3 screws to get to it, and it was the exact same size as my "dead on arrival" Vornado 20C2-1, a transplant was inevitable....

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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 05:06 pm
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Switching skins...

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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 05:07 pm
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The old becomes new...

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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 05:09 pm
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It only took 3 metal building screws to convert.

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Ryan Lemke
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Best part is, it is easily reversable back to the way it was...

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 Posted: Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 03:07 am
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I'm curious.  Are you planning on leaving that newer chrome motor in that nappy old 20 C2 fan? :shock:

I find it hard to believe you would do that permanently .  :?

What is your wife going to think when you show her the shell of the shiny fan she just wanted you to clean for her... :wondering:
Is this a  plan to persuade her to clean her own fans? :D :D :D



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 Posted: Fri Oct 4th, 2019 04:10 am
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Haha! Fortunately for me, she kind of likes the “nappy old” version. We’re kind of rustic and casual folks. But rest assured, it is only temporary. That’s exactly why I didn’t alter or damage the VFAN for this conversation. I was just excited to bring a dead fan back to life, and it was fun. (One of these days maybe I’ll find a used motor for the old 20 C2.)
I’ve come to realize old fans are like old cars. Some people are purists. They like to restore things back to the way they came off the assembly line. Others like to customize, paint them bright colors, polished them up, really make them pop. And others like rat rods. They like to take an old “nappy” crusty one, clean it a little, and slap a modern fresh new motor and drive train in it. I made a rat rod. I realize if everyone did that, it would cheapen the hobby a bit and ruin some otherwise beautiful fans. But every once in a while, it brings a dead old fan back to life. I appreciate all different tastes in hot rods, and in fans. In every case, it sure beats seeing one go to the trash heap, or turning into a pile of rust...

Happy fanning!

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Ryan, it’s your ride. Do as you’d like and enjoy it. 
Even if the curtains don’t match the carpet. 

Happy fanning to you too!!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 02:21 am
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Will the blades from the old  fan fit the new motor?
If so contact Vornado and buy a new motor  and have two fans!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 03:55 am
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Ryan Lemke
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I’m not sure. The VFAN’s plastic blades are press fitted onto the rotor. And, the rotor shaft is a lot smaller on the VFAN than the original. It would be very cool if original blades would go onto it. I don’t think the newer, smaller motors could handle the heavier metal blades for a prolonged period of time...

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 Posted: Sat Oct 12th, 2019 03:58 am
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:imao:imao:imaoLane Shirey wrote: Ryan, it’s your ride. Do as you’d like and enjoy it. 
Even if the curtains don’t match the carpet. 

Happy fanning to you too!!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 10:53 pm
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What Lane says. :clap:

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 Posted: Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 05:54 am
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Ryan Lemke wrote: Haha! Fortunately for me, she kind of likes the “nappy old” version. We’re kind of rustic and casual folks. But rest assured, it is only temporary. That’s exactly why I didn’t alter or damage the VFAN for this conversation. I was just excited to bring a dead fan back to life, and it was fun. (One of these days maybe I’ll find a used motor for the old 20 C2.)
I’ve come to realize old fans are like old cars. Some people are purists. They like to restore things back to the way they came off the assembly line. Others like to customize, paint them bright colors, polished them up, really make them pop. And others like rat rods. They like to take an old “nappy” crusty one, clean it a little, and slap a modern fresh new motor and drive train in it. I made a rat rod. I realize if everyone did that, it would cheapen the hobby a bit and ruin some otherwise beautiful fans. But every once in a while, it brings a dead old fan back to life. I appreciate all different tastes in hot rods, and in fans. In every case, it sure beats seeing one go to the trash heap, or turning into a pile of rust...

Happy fanning!
Right on Ryan, I completely agree, but would add to the list of trashpile and rust/decay..... lamps! I found two beautiful Emerson’s gutted, drilled and wired with lampshades! Heartbreaking!Cheers,
Peter

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