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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 03:37 am
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Frank McCormack
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I attended my first meet at Doc Dunaways last November and at that time owned a total of 4 fans and really didn't know what I was getting into.  And I left there with some $10 fans from his bargain barn.  Since then I have acquired several more fans and am starting to dive into the cleaning, restorations and fixing of them.  I'm finding that fans seem to be like coat hangers, where are they all coming from?

I wanted also to thank Doc and all the great guys that welcomed this newcomer into the group over that fun weekend. 

Here is one of those barn finds that I recently finished, its a 1950s R&M List No 512A6-01.  I took it completely apart, stripped the paint off since it was in such bad shape, balanced the blade with a dubro that I learned about at the workshop, cleaned the old grease out of the gearbox, cleaned and checked the windings and added a new power cord.  The dubro was a great purchase, I have also used it to quiet down a noisy bathroom fan.
Checking the fan switch with a meter it must have been the original problem, I cleaned it out with CRC spray and worked it for a while and it seems reliable now with both speeds working.  I left the patina of the cage and medallion intact but changed the fan to gray colors rather than the original brown.













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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 05:10 am
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Jim Kovar
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Very nicely done, Frank.  :thumbup

R&M had some very talented designers.

Really dig those die cast aluminum
                          motor housings and bases.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 03:44 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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I have the same fan, needs TLC as well

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Andrew Block
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Nice looking fan! Although FYI, your base is on backwards. The teardrop should face the rear of the fan. Not so much an issue with those, but they did that on the earlier models to put the switch in a convenient place in the rear when the fan was used on a table, and you flipped it to wall mount so the switch was toward the bottom of the base.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 02:08 am
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Frank McCormack
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Oh thats funny!  I thought putting it back together the way I acquired it would be correct!  But that makes sense. 
I guess it doesn't much matter for the switch since its on top of the motor.  But now its going to bug me until I turn it around. 

Thanks!

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:13 am
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  Great save Frank , :clap: I like the color you picked lots better than the one the original designer assigned to that model. :up: :up:

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Sean Campbell
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Good job Frank, that silver compliments the lines well.

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