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Ed Guy
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My grandmother's Westinghouse 321347 is in pretty good mechanical condition, but the wiring is toast. I have managed to disassemble almost everything, including the 4 studs that project through the motor housing but can't figure out how to open the housing to connect new wire. Do Any magic, or do I just pull? Thanks and have a great day! 

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To open the motor, place the edge of a box cutter blade at that groove in the case. tap it in and move it around. Then you should be able to put a small screw driver blade in there to finish the opening. Now, this will open the front, but these motors are wired from the rear and the front will give you no access to the head wire. For that you need to remove the core and that is another ball of wax.

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Michael is exactly correct in his advice. I have a very thin knife that I use for this purpose but you must be VERY careful or the knife blade will jump and you will mark up the case. So just tap the knife on the joint. One more piece of advice. Parts of this fan are pot metal like the oscillator casing and the front nose. There is no point in removing them and you will have an exceptionally difficult time getting the holes to line up again to re-assemble it. You will break those pieces if you try to pry them off. If I'm not mistaken those are Micarta blades which place the date in the early 1920's. You will find that fan runs a bit hot but that's normal. I don't recommend removing the stator. That is a hellish job. Reinserting the stator back in the case with the holes lined up is equally difficult. I can't tell from you picture if there are any wire remnants protruding from the case. If there are, simply solder to them using the heat shrinking solder joints. They work well and will give a good strong bond. Cover them with the black heat shrink sleeves and you will be good to go. I have removed one of the stators from these pressed steel cases and I will NEVER do another. I hope you don't need to do that to get at the head wires. Not a fun job at all!

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Is this your fan? If yes, it was manufactured in 1923. I gave it to my father in law for his birthday. He was born that year!

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David, thanks for the quidance. Unfortunately, there is not a shred of wiring on the stator that I can attach to. Zip, zilch, nada.

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The badging is a little different. The last patent date is 10-31-22.

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Thanks, Michael. The knife blade worked like a charm! 

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All, I have decided not to put any more effort into restoring this fan; too many other things that I want to do. I'm willing to part with it for the cost of shipping from Northern Virginia. Reach out if you're interested.
Ed


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