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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 04:22 am
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Alex Rushing
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Long photo-heavy post pertaining to the Firetruck inspired Westinghouse 516860A(modified with brass blades, brass badge, brass oscillator cap, brass base screws, and brass acorn nuts) fan project. Color scheme is red, black, and polished brass.
I know this isn't high-grade work, but the processes I used do not require special tools or paint outfits, aside from a polishing wheel(which elbow grease and brass polish work too) and threading tap(which is just a Harbor Freight one in the $20 set).
Apologies if some of the information in the photos is stuff already well known. I had hopes if these photos show up in a search about Westinghouse repairs, it would make more sense to someone who doesn't know.


Final Result:




Alongside my earlier restored 164848G for comparison.




There are a few minor steps missing, but I think I covered a majority of them. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this project!
Repairing the torn wingtip, adjusting the blades, and balancing.














Blade after repairs.







Starting work.







































This didn't look good when I began cleaning the highlights, so it got scrapped later.



Back to process.































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Photos from inside the house!





















Videos.
Taken during testing of the motor and functions to ensure the fan was viable for restoration(before W badge was acquired).




Video of the fan after completing it on the workbench,



Thank you for looking!

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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 07:58 am
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Zackri Higgins
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Great work. Love it. Definitely reminiscent of an antique firetruck.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 12:03 pm
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Another beautiful fan Alex! It's great that you take the time to document all the steps. Makes for a great how-to for newcomers to the hobby.

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Zackri Higgins wrote: Great work. Love it. Definitely reminiscent of an antique firetruck.Thank you much, Zackri! :)
Love that style Firetruck. A little older than the ones I had in mind, but beautiful nonetheless!

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Patrick Ray wrote: Another beautiful fan Alex! It's great that you take the time to document all the steps. Makes for a great how-to for newcomers to the hobby.
Thank you much, Patrick!
That is basically what I'm hoping for. Just gotta get a little more organized. O_o

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More organized? You should see my work bench. It looks like Hiroshima the morning after...

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Patrick Ray wrote: More organized? You should see my work bench. It looks like Hiroshima the morning after...
Haha. I know what you mean. :imao
Only takes one uncooperative fan to make those messes too.  :hammer:

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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 09:39 pm
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WOW !!!

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Tony Clayton wrote: WOW !!!Thank you, Tony!

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Great job Alex! Red and black is always a nice choice in colors.

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Great job Alex and nice tutorial!

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Wow! Thanks for taking us though such a detailed tour of your project!  Looks like you had fun with it and the result is very cool - or would very hot be a better description?

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That's one HAPPY fan resurrected to new life! LOVE IT! Great pictures of the restoration too. Thanks for that!

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Sean Campbell wrote: Great job Alex! Red and black is always a nice choice in colors.Thank you much, Sean! :)
Felt like this fan-from-parts made a good candidate for a non-traditional 'restoramodtion'.

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Lane Shirey wrote: Great job Alex and nice tutorial!Thank you much, Lane! :)
Hopefully these copious photos will help others in the future work on that style Westy. Definitely a lot of odd choices Westinghouse put into this style. O_o

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David Lewis wrote: Wow! Thanks for taking us though such a detailed tour of your project!  Looks like you had fun with it and the result is very cool - or would very hot be a better description?Thank you much, David! And you're certainly welcome for the tour. It was a lot of fun indeed, and hopefully some of the photos will help others have more fun with these arduous Westy restos. The first Westy I restored(1919 years 164848G) nearly resulted in a Westinghouse shaped hole in my garage door...several times. 

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David Kilnapp wrote: That's one HAPPY fan resurrected to new life! LOVE IT! Great pictures of the restoration too. Thanks for that!Thank you much, David! And you're certainly welcome for the pictures. Happy fan resto for sure!  :)

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Please,Nobody kill me or ban me for this. It still needs polishing. :wondering::hammer::pacifier::badidea:bigfan:bigfan:tumbs:imao












High speed temp was right around 98F-99F when testing.

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I would love to see more of these step-by-step tutorials. I recently gave a friend one of those six-wingers slightly dis-assembled. I will be showing him this.

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Very cool! It doesn’t seem like your motor is overheating with the 6-wing blade, so I don’t see a problem with it.:up:

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Richard Daugird wrote: I would love to see more of these step-by-step tutorials. I recently gave a friend one of those six-wingers slightly dis-assembled. I will be showing him this.
Thank you for the kind words, Richard!
Definitely feel free to use any of my resto threads. I try to take copious photos and will answer questions if I can.

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Zackri Higgins wrote: Very cool! It doesn’t seem like your motor is overheating with the 6-wing blade, so I don’t see a problem with it.:up:
Thank you much, Zackri! 
Someone on the FB page mentioned the mid twenties Westys had 6-pole motors to run the deeply pitched Micarta blades. Turns out it works well for the six-winger. :)

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Alex, the fan looks great, and gee, what a great tutorial!  

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Lane Shirey wrote: Alex, the fan looks great, and gee, what a great tutorial!  Thank you much, Lane! :)

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