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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 03:08 pm
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Ed Teach
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I can not find a model number on this fan. I want to disassemble and clean oil and paint it. It works great all three speeds but the oscillator does not engage. Not sure if its broken or needs to be tweaked. I found a couple of videos on fans like this for disassembly but not exact. I only paid 20 bucks to not out much if it all fails but I don't see that. I may not get the oscillator working but the fan still works.

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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 03:10 pm
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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 05:08 pm
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David Northam
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Those are great fans made by Signal Electric. They were re-branded Kenmore for Sears. I don't know the years as well as some others may, but those are generally from the late 1950's to early 1960's.

Before deciding to repaint, it may be worth trying to deep clean, polish and buff the fan to preserve the original colors. Sometimes there is surface rust that can be cleaned off. Other times the rust is all the way through and the paint cannot be saved. I've seen some members do amazing things with cleaning and polishing on some fans from the 1950's and 1960's that have great colors that would be difficult to exactly duplicate.

As far as disassembling the fan, I'm not an expert, but can help with some basics as I owned the same fan. You will need to take the oscillator knob off and there should be a screw in the very back of the fan motor. That should allow you to remove the back "bullet" and be able to access the oscillator box.

Good luck and post more photos when you are done - with whatever method you end up doing.


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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 10:02 pm
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Hi Ed...Dave is right. It's a simple matter to undo a couple screws and lift away the bullet back and access the oscillator box. Then remove the screws holding down the lid of the oscillator box and pop it off.

Looking at the photo of your fan, it appears that the oscillator knob itself is missing and you've got just the shaft sticking up. Even so, you should still be able to turn the shaft with your fingers to engage and disengage the clutch.

I would also suggest turning the fan over and unscrewing the bottom plate so you can clean the switch. Gently brush out the dirt and give it a little spray of contact cleaner and you should be good to go. And if you are going to paint the fan, it's a good idea to have the switch out of the way. You don't want any paint overspray getting on the contacts.

For what it's worth, the model number of that fan is 336.80122, but I can't say if it means anything to anyone anymore. Signal made quality fans. You can tell this one is built like a tank, and when it runs, especially on low speed, it purrs like a kitten. Also, this exact model had a pretty huge cameo in season 3 of Stranger Things.

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 Posted: Mon May 18th, 2020 11:45 pm
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Well I got it all apart with some trouble. I had to drill out the set allen screw for the fan blade. I was gong to tap it for the next size up. But when I took the bullet cover off I saw it had a broken stator mounting bracket. So its a part fan. I will just put it up for sale on ebay as a parts fan. Its got a lot of good parts to repair one like it. Thanks for the help.

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