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Mike Strozier
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Good afternoon all.  Been a while since I've posted here (bought a house, moved across state etc).  I am currently working on a fan I picked up for my wife and this unit doesn't have the typical wick caps.  Instead it's a round shaped assuming cotton based material around the shaft.  The only way I would be able to replace this would be to drill out the rivets, replace the material and rivet it back.  Which there lies my problem.  What is this material and where can I get a replacement?  Or can I?
If I can't buy replacement parts on this, then would a cotton wick sheet that candle makers buy to make their candle wicks, would that cotton sheet work if layered and cut in the similar shape as this?  To make one custom.  Or a possible sponge related material?  Looking at way to get this treated as it's currently almost rock hard so it'll not really hold any oil.

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Oilite bronze bushing. If you oil the heck out of the shaft, the porous bronze will absorb it and create a bearing surface like a crankshaft/connecting rod bearing. 

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Appreciate the help.  :up:

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Yup! Once you're finished sandblasting (put a bit of rag in it if you do) or whatever you have to do, before reassembly, I would find a tub deep and wide enough only to hold the motor cover, like a margarine container. Fill it up to the top of the bushing with machine oil and let it sit for a day or two to 'rehydrate' it. You can use a brake parts cleaner to clean all the crap out of it prior to the re-oiling too. 

Last edited on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 11:55 am by Tom Lefaivre


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