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Alex Rushing
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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.


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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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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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Richard Daugird wrote: 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.

Richard, it is normal for the shaded pole Westys like the Lively-Aires to run hot to the touch, because that's just the nature of those old Shaded Pole motors. Now those PSC Westys like the Power-Aires will not run hot to the touch because they are capacitor motors and those kinds of motors tend to run cool to the touch.

hope this helps.

-Levi

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Ryan Blazei wrote: I’ve seen restorations of the Westinghouse in highly polished aluminum finish, and they look stunning. The aluminum housings are great for polishing.I am glad you made this suggestion, as I have honed my Aluminum polishing skills recently. However, where I plan to use the fan, a black/polished aluminum scheme would be more appropriate.  After looking at some polished resto jobs, I will be seriously considering this approach. Thank you, Ryan!

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Richard Daugird wrote: 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.
As Levi said, yes they do run hot. scarily so after many hours. But, as long as the amperage draw is within spec and the blades spin super freely and the oscillator mechanism is completely cleaned and re-greased, it should be considered absolutely safe. :)

I will definitely do a tutorial of the disassembly/reassembly when I break it back down for the cosmetic work.  :up:
Since it should be mostly disassembly and cosmetics, it may be soon I do this project! :)


See in the video where I turn the fan off, the spin-down is about 20 seconds, this should be a good goal when getting one of these is tip-top running shape(worn bearings can make it a little longer). Light weight blades and full-time oscillator gear train engagement make it a short spin-down fan usually, but getting it to 20 seconds lets me know there is no issue mechanically. And the amperage draw being within spec is confirmation the electrical is good to go.

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