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 Posted: Sat Oct 10th, 2020 08:49 am
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Kevin Williams
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I have this 60's vintage box fan, that I bought in my hometown Napanee for $10 some years ago.
It was that sickly baby blue/turquoise that everything seemed to be coated in in the 60's and it was rusty.
It has a nice big motor, seems like th size of a dammn cantaloupe.

At first just as a resurrection, I cleaned the worst of the grime off, but none of the rust. I took the motor apart, cleaned it and oiled it. Blue Label 3in1 oil. Slapped on a new power cable.
It rattled at high speed, than I tightened the hex screw on the blade shaft.

6 months ago I lovingly took it apart, sanded and scraped all the grime and rust and crust off everything. Cleaned up the chrome grills. Masked off the appropriate areas, and put four coats of some nice modern blue spray paint on.
I did my best to save that label down in the bottom of the case. I warmed it up with a heatgun and peeled it off and saved it. I discovered it was actually very thin metal, not some crap. So I super glued it back on.
The speed label on the top took a few drops of super glue to hold it in place.

What a peach it turned out to look like! It was my first restore. I hope you like it.
I don't think it is perfect, I am not a painter but I tried my best.

First group is of photos I took with my phone of harm father time did to the paint.

https://ibb.co/hm0m9yt
https://ibb.co/KxJXVtL
https://ibb.co/GRLcCtm
https://ibb.co/HPnSqNB
https://ibb.co/5BFSf9C
https://ibb.co/MCTmH8x
https://ibb.co/ncFCCVk

Second group is prep and finally painting:

https://ibb.co/DtG93pP
https://ibb.co/8bf5hpp
https://ibb.co/VB96ppy

Final group is a bunch of photos I took a few minutes ago, in my home with my Nikon and better lighting:

https://ibb.co/ThScgsd
https://ibb.co/KVBhvy6
https://ibb.co/RvHhvZS
https://ibb.co/fvdJtvh
https://ibb.co/8dp6PnN
https://ibb.co/54cTwNN
https://ibb.co/WKf96hX

EDIT: sorry about the post paint shot of the label covered in girl-fluff kitty cat fuzz. Like I said its been monthes between the new photos I just took and the old ones, so the fan has been used quite a bit. Here is a new photo after I wiped it.

https://ibb.co/6JmkQN9

Last edited on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 09:01 am by Kevin Williams

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Geoff Dunaway
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  Great save on that fan , like that color blue as well.  :up:

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Geoff Dunaway wrote:   Great save on that fan , like that color blue as well.  :up:Thank you! I hoped people would like this.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 13th, 2020 02:59 pm
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WHAT IS REALLY ODD IS CLEARLY THIS IS A LAKEWOOD REBADGE WITH A GE EXPORT MOTOR. I HAD A 2 SPEED REVERSE "BOWED SIDE" BOX FAN WITH SAME MOTOR AND BLADE AND ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS A RETROFIT BUT HERE IS CLEARLY A 60S LAKEWOOD WITH A DOMINION LABEL BUT A LAKEWOOD MODEL NUMBER. DOMINION WAS STILL MAKING BOX FANS TOO UNTIL THE LATE 60S IN THE AVOCADO BOWED SIDE MODEL WITH WHITE BLADES\
THIS RE-DO CAME OUT VERY NICE! 

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