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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Ben Phelps
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Hi,I acquired this old belt-driven window fan this past Saturday after waiting a week to pick it up. It was getting thrown away so I felt good about saving it, now I want to make it look new again. This fan is unbranded other than the motor which is a 1/4 HP Delco. Such a weird fan, and I can't wait to see what it looks like after restoration. 

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 11:43 pm
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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 02:25 am
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I would say that quite possibly the motor tag is your answer for the brand of your fan, and that is Delco, I believe your fan might be a Delco from the late 1940s or early 1950s.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 03:02 am
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Thanks for that info, wow I had no idea it was that old. I expected 1950-1960.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 01:07 pm
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Well Delco didn't make fans much after the the 1950s, most Delco Fans are 1940s or Before.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 05:33 pm
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that is an awesome save! i dont know what kind it is, looks like a torrington blade and the motor being delco could simply be just that, motor only and those motors could be replaced with washing machine and other motors. I know Delco made desk fans i have one....the case looks like an early International but they were very lightweight and not belt drive... the choices are many. great find...us Mothers Aluminum Mag Wheel Polish on those blades and if they arent scratched up you will have mirrors...good luck with it 

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It's been warmer recently, so today I worked on the old fan, specifically removing the old paint from the bladeset. Used paint stripper and sanding with various grit paper to get the paint and oxidation off the aluminium, final sanding will be with a very fine grit paper. I had originally planned to paint the blade off-white like the original, but I like the aluminium so much that now I plan to polish the blade up to a mirror finish. I also uncovered a patent marking on the hub, and upon looking it up on google patents I discovered that it is in fact a Torrington bladeset designed by Wally Upson. The blade was so much work that I will not be removing the paint on the shroud and cage, I will simply spray primer over the old paint and spray it an off-white. Motor and blade stand will be left original. 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 04:32 am
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Here's the progress I've made on the fan this weekend. I painted the cage, shroud, and blade stand (I originally planed to keep the blade stand original but the paint was so stained and faded that it needed to be repainted). I also thoroughly cleaned and adjusted the bearing and pulley assembly to make it quieter. New cord was installed on the motor and I reused the old Snapit inline switch from the old cord. Blades still need to be polished but other than that I think it turned out really nice. 





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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 04:53 pm
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Good job!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 09:43 pm
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This could be totally incorrect, but I saw a fan very similar to this, if not the same, on Craigs in the recent past and it was listed as a Sears fan.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2018 12:05 pm
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Look nice thoose blades should polish up nice

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 Posted: Wed Apr 25th, 2018 01:06 am
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Good looking fan!

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