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 Posted: Thu Nov 7th, 2019 03:32 am
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Alex Rushing
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Big thanks to Patrick Ray for finding the correct blades and selling me the front bearing carrier for the fan as well. Going to do a classic restoration on this one I think. Satin black with the brass Oscillator controls/worm cap, and eight motor bolts polished. Blade will get a gold paint finish to finish it off. The badge is small enough the nickel color doesn't look to imposing for the color scheme.I just have to solder the S-wire I made to the cage to get it ready for break down, restoration of finish, and rewire.
Here it is assembled, balanced, and running acceptably well.










I do really need to slow down on buying sad-case fans, but it feels nice to revitalize and carry on the function of odd budget fans.
I did dump a total of $100 in the fan and parts. Once completed, it'll be a nice runner hopefully. :)

Have an old Singer 1901 on the way as well. :hammer:

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Nice Job, Good to see a fellow faniac bringing one back from the dead. interesting I have this identical Westy, picked it up at a yard sale about 1969 or 70 as a perfect low mileage original.It was just an old fan back then and I used it in my shop for many years. I could kick myself now as it is covered with every color car and truck I ever painted in that shop. The good news is I still have it and it awaits restoration and a proper paint job of its own.

Terry
PS, Remember that Westinghouse is the only fan that runs the correct direction; everybody else is backwards, I wonder why?

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Thank you, Terry!Good to see another member with one of these oddities in working order awaiting restoration. :)
Having had yours 50 years, that is impressive to say the least. Nice to know those motors can take a bit of usage.   :DI have definitely gotten into the Westys more lately. They feel like a real challenge to get working properly. Not having floating bushings has been the main concern I have with them. Otherwise I have enjoyed working on them. After the 12" BB/SC project, the little 8" Oscillator will be getting the royal treatment.Hopefully it'll turn out looking like the 164848G, except with gold painted blades instead of brass and aluminum badge instead of the big W.




Will be looking forward to seeing yours when you get to it! :)

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So here is my latest resurrected dumpster fan. This is a Century with the pot metal rear housing and oscillating gearbox. Not many of these survived.Befor and after attached (hopefully)








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Terry Plata wrote: So here is my latest resurrected dumpster fan. This is a Century with the pot metal rear housing and oscillating gearbox. Not many of these survived.Befor and after attached (hopefully)








That looks amazing, Terry! Great save of an uncommonly seen restored fan!  :shock:

That is the color scheme I have planned for a 12" Westy BB/SC soon.  :D


I use a 10" version of a similar (Century brand only) at work everyday. I'd buy it and fix it up, but 1/4 of the motor case is missing and it doesn't oscillate. Good running fan though!

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I love the look of the Westys! Challenging? Good lord yes. I own two, one with micarta blades and one painted steel...... I love my micarta wall mounted one, it runs perfectly, and am completely bamboozled by the other tabletop one. It’s in a box in pieces!
You do Beautiful work! Looking forward to seeing it looking new!

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Really like the Hunter Century. My is just like the before pic, unfortunately a rewind is needed. Maybe someday.

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Peter Buffo wrote: I love the look of the Westys! Challenging? Good lord yes. I own two, one with micarta blades and one painted steel...... I love my micarta wall mounted one, it runs perfectly, and am completely bamboozled by the other tabletop one. It’s in a box in pieces!
You do Beautiful work! Looking forward to seeing it looking new!
Indeed. Challenging! But, the reward is a higher than normal sense of satisfaction when one is purring away. Plus, the brass blade Westy fans are among the best looking fans from the era in my humble opinion. Perfect combination of form and function. :)
I've been on a heater kick recently(since the cold snap hit), but plan on getting around to the 8" Westy after I finish the 12" Westy(one planned in red) and possibly a GE AOU or Emerson Seabreeze 12 Pedestal fan. So many projects. :hammer:

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Found a 16 inch Century at a hole-in-the-wall antique/junque shop last weekend. Perfect brass blades (steel cage), non working for $35.00. Turned out to be a bad head wire! Works great. good bearings but needs cosmetics and wire. Speaking of Westy, there are two pedestals in the "ready to be restored" lineup in my garage shop. One apparently called a Darth Vader style and the other with the non metallic blade. Currently reserrecting a grandfather clock....lots of winter projects ready and waiting!

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Terry Plata wrote: Found a 16 inch Century at a hole-in-the-wall antique/junque shop last weekend. Perfect brass blades (steel cage), non working for $35.00. Turned out to be a bad head wire! Works great. good bearings but needs cosmetics and wire. Speaking of Westy, there are two pedestals in the "ready to be restored" lineup in my garage shop. One apparently called a Darth Vader style and the other with the non metallic blade. Currently reserrecting a grandfather clock....lots of winter projects ready and waiting!

Nice one on the headwire save! Those easy fixes are my favorite buys. :)A 16" brass blade Century should be a good daily runner!

I can sympathize with the projects lined up. I have eight, but bought this thing this morning(makes nine lined up now). They warned me fans would get addictive.:violin:



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Ooooo, that looks like a Fitzgerald Star Rite. I have one with a stamped base, about 10 inch size. Wings are brass plated steel. I do not have the badge.

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Terry Plata wrote: Ooooo, that looks like a Fitzgerald Star Rite. I have one with a stamped base, about 10 inch size. Wings are brass plated steel. I do not have the badge.Excellent eye, Terry! A Fitzgerald Star Rite. I think this one is a cast base, and it was listed as a 7". I'm sure the blades are plated, but the seller said it runs. I would imagine the badges to be really hard to find! I'll keep an eye out for a badge for your fan. Never know what I might find in the antiques store I work at.

The 7" Fitzgerald pictured has one major issue. Someone used a screw driver to attempt to pry the motor case open. I am hoping I can hammer it back into shape, but we'll see!

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Here you go, my Fitz. Was light grey, I finished it in dark green. The fake badge is just sheet brass I made to fill the hole.

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Terry Plata wrote: Here you go, my Fitz. Was light grey, I finished it in dark green. The fake badge is just sheet brass I made to fill the hole.

Wow! That thing looks awesome!Kind glad I hit the BIN on the 7" version now. :)

How does yours run, Terry? Are the motors pretty quiet?

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Alex, The Fitzgerald runs OK but does not have the usual speed coil in the base. Instead there is a wire wound resistor that is supposed to drop the voltage supplied to the motor giving it different speeds. That is why my stamped steel base has vent slots in it, lets the heat out from the resistor. However...the difference in speeds is almost negligible. Other fans with speed coils are transformers with a couple of taps for different voltages, much more efficient. Mine is a 10 inch. I like the smaller ones  better. Wife says they are "cute"

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Also plan to replace the wings on my Fitz since they are so rusty. Are yours brass or plated steel?
You should be able to massage the motor case back into shape from the screwdriver damage. I assume the case is steel. it appears your base is cast iron.
What is the fan in your avatar?

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Thank you for the info, Terry!
I haven't received mine yet, so we'll see what is going on with it soon. Scheduled delivery is Saturday. I'm sure it will be a single speed, but that is fine since I use a motor speed controller on most of the fans anyway.

Certainly hope it has stamped brass blades, but I bet they're steel. I usually just paint them gold if the plating is shot. If they look brass while running, I'm OK with it. Haha

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Sorry Terry!
The fan in the avatar is a 1922 Singer branded No. 1901 10" sealed(dust proof) Commutator motor fan. Made by Diehl for the foreign market. :)
Thread for the Singer Fan


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Terry Plata
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Foreign market? Is it 220 volt? 

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It is a 105-120V, but the export market had multiple voltages in the early 1920s I assume. The ones sold stateside were under the Diehl name. Wish I had some personal history on the fan, but it was an eBay buy from a second hand dealer. I have yet to see another Diehl/Singer with the brushes on the front of the motor. After new oil wicks in the cups, new brushes, and spring tensioning; it is a sweet running little fan. :)

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Can you tell me what gold paint you used? It looks very good. Nice job, Dale

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