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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 03:47 am
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone, today I stopped at a local flea market that is called ironically enough "The Amish Mall" (even though it has nothing to do with Amish). They had in one of the booths towards the back of the store a 1950s vintage Vornado Window fan that was complete except for the side extenders, the paint is in OK condition (its clearly been used and has some paint chipped off the fan and the ID tag is partially missing so I couldn't see the model number of the fan), hopefully you guys can identify it for me from the pictures I took of the fan, and maybe see if it would be worth my time to buy it, as I've been looking for a Vornado window fan for a long time and now I have a chance to buy one locally.
Pictures of the fan in question posted below.








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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 05:50 am
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it looks like that fan has had some work done on the motor or a new motor
If it runs it will move a lot of air. and you can make window spreaders out of plywood  .
I got one I bought at a auction for $5.00 and someone welded  angle  irons on  it to make it a floor fan.
 Plug it in and test it if both speeds work and is at the right price buy it.
We used mine last summer when my brothers air cond. broke down and did a good job

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 05:56 am
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Levi Mevis
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Charlie Forster wrote: it looks like that fan has had some work done on the motor or a new motor
If it runs it will move a lot of air. and you can make window spreaders out of plywood  .
I got one I bought at a auction for $5.00 and someone welded  angle  irons on  it to make it a floor fan.
 Plug it in and test it if both speeds work and is at the right price buy it.
We used mine last summer when my brothers air cond. broke down and did a good job

Why do you think the motor was redone or replaced?

Also as of right now I have no idea what the owner of the fan at the flea market this is at wants for the fan because they don't have it priced currently, and the flea market unfortunately has a policy of if it isn't priced, they can't sell it, and they also aren't allowed to contact the booth owner about an item and its price, they can only leave notes for the booth owners so that when they come in they can decide what they want to do.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 06:09 am
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Looks like the motor and blades are a different color than the rest of the fan The cord looks current.

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Charlie Forster wrote: Looks like the motor and blades are a different color than the rest of the fan The cord looks current.

OK, thanks. Is it still worth getting in spite of the alteration?
I think I could probably source a new motor for this fan that matches the housing better.

The cord I think might be original as the cord looked like a 1950s vintage cord.

Is the switch correct for this fan?

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That is all original

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 12:04 pm
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Zachary Parr wrote: That is all original
OK, well then that makes me want it even more now.

How hard is it to find the sliding extenders for it?

What year does this fan date to? 
I would think it would of been prior to the company's sale in the late 1950s as it does say O. A. Sutton on the bottom of what's left of the ID tag inside the fan.

What would be a good price to offer the owner of this fan?

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 03:21 pm
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If they have a picture of the tag you can figure out the date with the first 2 numbers in the serial number. Most of the side are missing on these. 

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A tin shop should be able to make the extenders . it a  seat metal with a couple 90 deg bends.

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Zachary Parr wrote: If they have a picture of the tag you can figure out the date with the first 2 numbers in the serial number. Most of the side are missing on these.     I did post a picture of the ID tag on this fan, the model number and serial number portion of the ID tag are both worn off of the tag unfortunately. With the fact that it has bakelite blades rather than cast aluminum blades I'm guessing this might be an early one, like maybe around 1948-1950 or so.

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I did end up getting the fan today, I got it for $15 and some change.
It actually does have a metal blade that is painted the same color as the motor's body which is a dark turquoise color, the adjustment knob in the middle of the fan cage for adjusting the fan's position is missing its brass insert, and there's some minor surface rust on the fan's body, which will clean up with some steel wool.

It appears to be all original and nothing altered on the fan in anyway shape or form.

Did I do good at that price?  

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 12:01 am
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Here's a better shot of the ID tag which I was able to clean up better. 



Maybe now that we know the model number and serial number we can figure out more about this fan, like when it was made and what not.

Also it appears that the previous owners of the fan bypassed the speed coil and switch for some reason and just wired up the cord straight to the motor.




Here is a picture of the same exact fan as mine, as you can see, except for the speed coil being bypassed on mine, mine is exactly like this one, so my fan is all original minus the missing extensions on the sides and the bad paint job on mine. 

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 Posted: Sun Oct 13th, 2019 11:49 pm
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Just a little update on this fan, I did a little more cleaning of the fan and figured out that it was coated in a layert of tobacco smoke/tar which came right off with a little bit of Krud Kutter sprayed on the fan's housing and the fan housing is actually in quite good shape for what it is with the exception of the sufrace rust on the inside of the body and on the side of the front. 
I rewired the motor back up to the speed coil and switch as the previous owners of the fan had bypassed the speed coil and switch and wired the cord directly up to the motor.

I have uploaded a YouTube video that I made demonstrating the fan so you guys can see the fan in action and also see what the fan looks like after I did a proper cleaning of the fan.


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 Posted: Mon Oct 14th, 2019 12:00 pm
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$15 is a very good price. These go for $50 normally 

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You can't buy a case of beer for fifteen bucks, I'd say you did good!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 15th, 2019 02:59 am
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Thanks! I had the fan running in my window last night on low and I slept like a log last night! 

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