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 Posted: Wed Nov 6th, 2019 07:22 am
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Alex Rushing
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Location: Montgomery, Alabama USA
First up:Polar Cub by A.C. Gilbert. Strong aluminum blades and high speed motor. This thing puts out more air than any other fan I have in the 10" or 12" class. The build quality looks to be lower-end at first glance, but there are a lot of things about it that make it quite good! 

Second is:
Westinghouse Lively Air. Strong aluminum blades and a good speed running with adjustable oscillator. Super strong cage and innovative construction. 

The Polar Cub paint looks good enough for me to not repaint it.
The Westinghouse fan will need a paint job. I am undecided between sail blue and sunrise red.  :hammer:

Both fans will have the blades high polished though, like they were from the factory. Really helps appreciate these later fans. :)

Funny what a quick breakdown of the motor, cleaning of old oil and grease, cleaning the bits/bobs, and new oil/grease can do. Both fans were rewired with new leads soldered on the stators. The Polar cub switch was bad, so I swapped it for a temporary push button until I find a turn know. I did swap broken/worn fiber washers out for new ones.

Last edited on Wed Nov 6th, 2019 02:42 pm by Alex Rushing

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 Posted: Fri Nov 8th, 2019 06:30 pm
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Ryan Blazei
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Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin USA
I’ve seen restorations of the Westinghouse in highly polished aluminum finish, and they look stunning. The aluminum housings are great for polishing.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 10:39 pm
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Richard Daugird
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Location: Texas City, Between Hou. & Galveston, Texas USA
Is it normal for those Westys to run really hot to the touch? My friend has a couple and they seem very hot, but then I'm used to cast and brass fans that are usually barely warm when running.

Could you possibly do a tutorial with picturs next time you take one apart? I'd like to take his apart and clean them inside.

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