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 Posted: Fri Feb 19th, 2021 11:03 pm
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Anthony Lindsey
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This seems pretty cool.   Guy said it didn't work.   Oil........ works great!    Aluminum blade with chromed hub.   











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 Posted: Fri Feb 19th, 2021 11:08 pm
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Brice Nagelmaker
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That is cool! In never found a 16" westy much less a chrome one.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 19th, 2021 11:38 pm
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Not working always means good price.  Take it home and get it running, even better price!  👍

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 04:31 am
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 I bet that is nickel plate not chrome.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 04:46 am
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That is interesting.    I wiped it down with oil and 0000 steel wool and got a lot of the rust spots, rough spots etc. smoothed out.    Looks way better.     How can I tell if it is Nickel vs chrome?     I will post some close up pictures tomorrow.
The head wire was really bad and I was trying to replace it near the motor and it dissentergrated and one of the wires is broken just inside the case.   Pretty much going to have to try and remove the stator, heard it was a nightmare.    I am going to put it back together for the moment and put it off to the side as I have 3-4 other fans to finish before I start that project.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 05:25 am
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Anthony Lindsey wrote: That is interesting.    I wiped it down with oil and 0000 steel wool and got a lot of the rust spots, rough spots etc. smoothed out.    Looks way better.     How can I tell if it is Nickel vs chrome?     I will post some close up pictures tomorrow.
The head wire was really bad and I was trying to replace it near the motor and it dissentergrated and one of the wires is broken just inside the case.   Pretty much going to have to try and remove the stator, heard it was a nightmare.    I am going to put it back together for the moment and put it off to the side as I have 3-4 other fans to finish before I start that project.

They can be difficult to remove. If the stator is rusted to the inside of the case, it will be a long drawn out process. Lots and lots of penetrating oil is your friend. That said, if the case is nickel or chrome plated on the inside too, it might not be so difficult.

Chrome plating is generally smooth and shiny with a blue tint while Nickel is more of a gloss and will appear almost yellowed. Nickel plating has been around for a lot longer than chrome (just an irrelevant fact) 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 01:54 pm
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I believe it is chrome.   Here are a couple pics in and out of sun.
Are Chrome or Nickel plated Westy fans rare?









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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 02:29 pm
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Geoff may be right, could be nickel. They were using Chrome more so in the 30s. It is not a common find as these fans were marketed as a specialty. Soda shops, dentists, doctor offices, etc.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 03:38 pm
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Thanks!    
I did the walk away and leave it alone last night after the head wire broke but went back this morning and managed to get one attached and the fan is up and running.   Not the best job but beats having to remove the stator.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 04:19 pm
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Cool you got it running! I found 50/50 mix off vinegar and water applied with a 0000 S.O.S. pad, the Soapy kind really cleans chrome but you have to wax it good right after and get it down in the bad spots to make it last. there is a product that works the same but forgot the name, will find it.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 04:42 pm
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Anthony Lindsey wrote:    I did the walk away and leave it alone last night after the head wire broke but went back this morning and managed to get one attached and the fan is up and running.   Not the best job but beats having to remove the stator.


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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 04:59 pm
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Thanks Russ!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 05:41 pm
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FWIW...there is no safe "OLD" head wire, intact or not.  I have literally taken an intact OLD Emerson head cord one end in each hand and pulled and it tore it in half. If your going to splice an old power or head cord, plan on not selling it or using it considering or stating it a safe repair.  I would only operate a fan with spliced OLD cord as long as I am present to keep and eye on it. Your home only serves purpose as long as it has not burned to the ground. 


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 Posted: Sat Feb 20th, 2021 06:02 pm
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Good Advice.   

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 Posted: Fri Feb 26th, 2021 04:24 am
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That's like my R & M 3804X which is also Nickel Plated probably from the same time period which is around 1923 or so.
My fan's Nickel Plating was in similar condition.




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