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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 08:58 pm
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Tristan Crider
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I finally got some temporary brass motor bolts (screws) for the Tesla. Any brass slotted screw over 3 inches doesn't exist online or at any store so I had them made. The guy who made them made the slots so wide that 2 slotted drives can fit in the slot so I will have to get correct ones later. I basically wanted to see if securing the housing would allow me to run the fan. It does run but it is very loud once plugged in... I am assuming it's because it's a 133 cycle fan? When the juice is cut off the blades spin without noise. I'll have to get a VFD to test it properly I guess. Here are a few pictures of before and after. Huge thanks to Ted Kaczor, Darryl Hudson, Chris Smith, Ed Bowers and Nick Loos for making parts/ repairing cracks. 

                   Anyone feel like making a switch?  :hammer: :hammer:








































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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 09:23 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Pretty fan! Is this the one that was on eBay from JLD-fanman? The restoration looks wonderful so far. I’ll be interested to know what the reason is for the noise.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 09:30 pm
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Tristan Crider
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No, This model is the year before that fan I believe. I've been working on it for almost a year! It's a dream/nightmare fan.  

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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 09:35 pm
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Beautiful great job You did good and so did your helpers.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 09:38 pm
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Phenomenal restoration, Tristan(and everyone else involved)!  :shock:

What an honor to have such an awesome and rare fan! You've done well by it! :)

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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 10:00 pm
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Tristan Crider
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Thanks guys! It looks better with correct lighting, haha. You can only do so much with rattle cans. If you use 2k paper and some hand polishing it can look okay. The base was so badly pitted that it has a lot of filler in it but I was able to make it look presentable.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 10:51 pm
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Tristen, I hope you can put the nightmares behind you and get your Tesla running well.   I noticed, too, that my Tesla was noisy when running, mostly on high though.  On low and running at a lower voltage with variac it can be pretty quiet and smooth.  Nick Loos had a Tesla at one Fanfair years ago, below- one he had made a custom cage for and nickel plated the brass.  I remember that fan to run quietly.  Your fan looks very nice now.







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 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2019 11:20 pm
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The Tesla fans had no speed coil. The switch changed the windings from Serial To Parallel. A 133 Cycle Tesla will run on low speed (parallel) great. Mike Coup ran his on low speed nonstop for 12 years. Kelly Rigsby made a switch.

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That's what I've read. It's as far as I can go with it. Maybe I'll take it to the Museum or Fan Fair and let the pros have a look. 

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Just one question. Was the cage badge on the old cage not salvageable? Or just not right for the fan?

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The original cage was off of a 1904-05 Westy pancake.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2019 02:46 pm
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Tristan Crider
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The badge was sold to a fellow afca member. I thought about keeping it but those westy pancakes are almost as rare as the Tesla so I'd never use it. 

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That base looks amazing! Must have been hours and hours of filling and sanding! Gorgeous!!

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Tristan, I’m over here like: :shock:

That’s just too beautiful! You’ll make me want one!

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Thanks guys! Just hope I can get it running correctly. 

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