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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 05:28 pm
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Gunner Lake
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I saw this on FB marketplace today. My first reaction was that it was a frankenfan, but on close inspection nothing seems out of place - paint matches etc.. What is it?








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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 06:10 pm
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It may be a correct fan from a country other than the USA.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 11:20 pm
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Gunner Lake wrote: I saw this on FB marketplace today. My first reaction was that it was a frankenfan, but on close inspection nothing seems out of place - paint matches etc.. What is it?

WOW !! Wish I was close enough to pick that fan up.From what I can tell the fan is a Westinghouse DC fan from the late 40’s and 50’s.Westinghouse mixed the Darth Vader parts with other Westinghouse parts.I believe they were used in Navy applications ? Not too sure.I would snatch it up if you can.Looks in good condition !! 








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 Posted: Mon Feb 10th, 2020 02:55 am
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Buy it if you can.



Gunner Lake wrote: I saw this on FB marketplace today. My first reaction was that it was a frankenfan, but on close inspection nothing seems out of place - paint matches etc.. What is it?









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 Posted: Mon Feb 10th, 2020 12:49 pm
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It could be a fan from a ship. The SS United States had similar fans.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2020 11:48 pm
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Update to the saga -


I would have just gone to get the fan but it was a 10hr round trip. After much patience I convinced the seller to drop it off at a pack & ship store and paid them for their efforts over the phone. This unique fan is now on its way to me! Hopefully they pack it well and it arrives safely.

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Good luck Gunner! May the fan gods be with you.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 15th, 2020 05:34 am
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1951 -

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I saw this on FB marketplace today. My first reaction was that it was a frankenfan, but on close inspection nothing seems out of place - paint matches etc.. What is it?










Last edited on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 05:37 am by Mike Kearns

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Very neat Mike, thanks for that!

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The fan has arrived safely! It's in even better condition than I expected, headwire a little stiff but serviceable, rubber grommets healthy, brush holders intact, switch clicks to three speeds. It looks a lot more imposing in real life than in the pictures; a large 12" fan. Interestingly the model number isn't shown as 12QM30 but PAD1330.













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LOVE IT! Want it toooooo hahahahahahaha LOL

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Now, how to go about powering it? For starters I plan to set my Variac to 80VAC and run that through a bridge rectifier and filter capacitor. Long term though I might like a more compact solution. Anyone know of ~80vac step-down transformers?

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Bridge rectifier should be all you need. No need to reduce the voltage.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 19th, 2020 02:47 pm
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From my reading, the output of a bridge rectifier given 120VAC input will be closer to 170VDC.

https://www.instructables.com/community/Rectifying-ac-increases-voltage/

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Use your meter with just a good quality bridge rectifier.  See what it tells you.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 01:47 am
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Wow! What a great find!!

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