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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 09:44 am
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Alex Rushing
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Little mood music.




Cluster story:
Received this Fitzgerald Star-Rite 7" fan. Neat little fan to say the least  when I got it, the gouge marks from the previous owners attempt were quite bad. Three hours of filing before the case halves would go together. The stator took a miracle to get out, as most of the windings are exposed  for some reason from the factory. Seems they didn't want users to mess with their fans.
Original plan was to restore the fan to as close to factory as possible. However, first issue, I am not fond of jadite finishes. Second, the oil receiver was broken off of the back bearing carrier. No big deal, as there was still a place to drip oil into. Next issue was the paint was not salvageable. However, it was a strong baked enamel that made a good base coat to prep for new paint. Saving a lot of time investment on a relatively inexpensive fan. And the brass plating was trashed, so that was a non-starter.
I decided the best course of action would be to rewire and assemble the motor assembly/case before prep and paint. Pulling and pressing the stator out and back in was a PITA for sure. Taped off the oil fillers and rotor spindle, as well as the new wire soldered in properly. Of course the thin wires broke while unsoldering the old lead wires. A quick insulating coat scraping and careful position of connections protected with liquid Electric tape. Picked black twisted pair for this project. Then the color scheme. Since the fan wasn't really worth having the blades replated in brass and such, I played with this one for practice on future fans with white parts.
Sanded the base and blades, then sprayed with gloss appliance white(which usually dries satinish. Then sprayed the motor assembly and eight-sided cage with semi gloss black primer+paint fusion(Krylon leftovers).
Oh, did I mention the cage was mangled upon receipt of the fan? Careful shaping got it looking fairly true. The badge is brass, but I didn't think a brass badge would look good on this fan as it is, so I sprayed it white too. And will attempt a black finish on the raised letters(like the busyB fan recently).
Here is a video showing just how awful it ran before reworking the thing.



And pictures so far(until paint is stable to assemble).


Motor case opened and rotor removed.
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Dirty rotor close up. I had to replace every fiber washer, because of 3/8" play.
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After arduous file work, the motor case fits nicely.


Base afte several coats of gloss white.


Blades after many coats of carefully applied white.


Rotor polished before assembly.


Photo showing how there was almost nothing left to solder to.


All soldered in and ready for liquid electric tape. There was simply no room for shrink and such.


Cage painted and left to dry.


Full motor assembly painted and left to dry.


Badge painted and left to dry. I hope I can get the black highlights on the first try, since I ran out of paint. I'm still undecided if a brass badge might be neat on a black and white drug store fan. :hammer:


The wire used was twisted pair black cloth covered wire. Should look nice... hopefully. And I'll add a line switch and black bakelite plug.

So, what do you guys think?
Is it just to absurd? And do you think a polished brass badge would look good on a fan with no  otherbrass bits?



Will do a partial assembly tomorrow and see how it goes. :violin:

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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 10:59 am
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Lane Shirey
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Lookin good Alex! 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 12:44 pm
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Thank you, Lane!
Went ahead and just took the paint off the badge! Pics coming soon!

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Great work so far Alex. Keep the pictures coming. Nice save!

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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 12:51 pm
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Badge polishing turned out better than expected. Glad I screwed up the black marker on the highlights!

Pics pics pics.


Reunited base and motor



Badge cleaned up as well as  I could without damaging it.
























And a video of it running after mechanical and electrical repairs!

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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 01:26 pm
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David Kilnapp wrote: Great work so far Alex. Keep the pictures coming. Nice save!Thank you much, David!
The pictures are posted above. I guess the fan is done. Kind of a quick one this time. I got lucky with the weather being uncharacteristically warm last night. My first time with gloss white paint on a fan. What a mess.
$45(+ship) for fan.
$12 in wire.
$3? In paint( used mostly left overs from other stuff).
And $15 for the switch and plug I put on it after the photos were taken.
6hrs labor and $75 is a record fan project. :)




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Alex Rushing
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Last photo showing the beige Eagle line switch and deco GE wall plug put on.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 1st, 2019 05:34 pm
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:clap:Nice job Alex. The color combo looks great. :clap:

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Stephen Chew wrote: :clap:Nice job Alex. The color combo looks great. :clap:Thank you much, Stephen! :)

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 Posted: Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 01:37 am
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This one has found its'way onto the desk in the living room, accompanying the Prak-T-Kal Infrared No. 50.
Probably shouldn't be using it 18hrs after painting it, but oh well. Haha




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