View single post by Shawn Sass
 Posted: Thu Sep 1st, 2011 08:22 am
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Shawn Sass


I have an old fan I'd like to restore and it works just fine in all speeds, but there are a few things I am wondering about it before beginning the restoration.

1) what is it?  The motor plate says GE and has the information shown below, but the center of the cage says "Western Electric" (see picture below).  Is it the correct cage, or should I try to find a replacement badge?
2) Where can I find a gear for the oscillator?  The horizontal worm gears look fine, but the gear on the vertical adjustment "star" shaft is totally stripped.  Are these type of parts hard to find?
3) what color should I re-paint it? It looks like it might have been green at one time, but I'm not sure if it's the actual color or a primer base or something.
4) Should the cage be polished brass, or be painted the same color as the rest of the fan?

The info on the motor tag says:
Alternating current fan motor
No. 1444241
Cat. 75423
Type AO
Form T1
Volts 110
Cyc 60
Pat. Feb 6, 1906
General electric co USA

My grandpa always had this fan hanging in his wood working shop in the basement of his house.  When they had an estate sale and moved to a retirement home, I grabbed the fan cause I remember being fascinated by it as a boy since it was so dangerous with the wide open cage.  It's really dirty and covered in sawdust, but I think it's pretty complete and mechanically sound.  The cage needs a little straightening, but that should be easy. I'd love to get it all cleaned up and restored and then show it to my grandpa.  Heck, he might even want to use it again!  I'm sure the oscillator gear is stripped due to the way my grandpa had it hanging by the handle and the cage was stopped against the corner wall so it couldn't turn.

Thanks for any info you can share.  I'm sure I'll be asking a lot more questions once I get started and I'll post lots of pictures.

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