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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2020 06:42 pm
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Ed Teach
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I picked this one up a long time ago. Like 20 years. It ran fine but I did nothing to it. I think I paid like 30 dollars for it. I plugged it in today and it just hummed. I oiled it a bit and she started up and osculated fine. I need to rewire it and clean it out oil and clean and grease the gear box. I am not going to paint the body its in fine condition. I will polish it up. But the fan blade is in need of a small bit of TLC. I am not sure what the fan blade was done to it from the factory. I was thinking of black paint. Any help in refurbishing this would be appreciated.

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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2020 06:43 pm
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 Posted: Sun May 24th, 2020 02:23 am
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That is a nice little fan! I have the same one. Disassembling the fan shouldn’t be very hard. These are nice and easy to work on. Use 3 in 1 in the BLUE can or Zoom Spout to oil the fan. Never detergent oil. I use Lucas Red and Tacky to grease the gearbox. Contact Tony Clayton for some excellent period accurate wire. His wire is the most accurate on the market! As for the blade, I’d say stripping it with acetone and repainting it with Rustolium Advanced Formula black paint would have it looking spiffed up in short order. Remember to take lots of pictures for reference when disassembling. And then make sure to share them when you’re done! :clap: Good luck!

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 Posted: Sun May 24th, 2020 01:26 pm
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Well I screwed the pooch on this one. I literately threw up. I was using a set of pliers to hold the back of the fan hub and then tapping the rod to remove the blade after removing the cage. I had the fan suspended so it would not put any pressure on the gear box. But some how it did and blew out the gear box pot metal. Man I really messed up on this one. I may look for one that is damaged in other areas to get a new rear gearbox hub. I have no idea why this fan blade was stuck on the hub. I could turn the fan around the rod but it would just not come off. This is a learning experience but when I destroy by accident a piece of history I am sick for a week.

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 Posted: Sun May 24th, 2020 05:11 pm
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Ed Teach wrote: Well I screwed the pooch on this one. I literately threw up. I was using a set of pliers to hold the back of the fan hub and then tapping the rod to remove the blade after removing the cage. I had the fan suspended so it would not put any pressure on the gear box. But some how it did and blew out the gear box pot metal. Man I really messed up on this one. I may look for one that is damaged in other areas to get a new rear gearbox hub. I have no idea why this fan blade was stuck on the hub. I could turn the fan around the rod but it would just not come off. This is a learning experience but when I destroy by accident a piece of history I am sick for a week.Hey Ed,
Contact Lawrence Smith. I know he has a few double diamond R&M fans. Not sure he has parts, but it is worth checking!
Also post a thread in the BST section! Lots of great members here that could possibly help!

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 Posted: Mon May 25th, 2020 12:19 am
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Looking for parts for this fan. Or if someone needs parts I can sell this one for parts. The only bad part is the back of the motor and gear box and shaft.

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