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 Posted: Sun Apr 2nd, 2017 10:38 pm
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Steve Rockwell
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   In case such a thing even exists. I want to acquire a model to study and to admire, and eventually to fix up if it’s a suitable candidate. Cosmetic appearance and electrical function are not important, though it would be best to have an intact undented unclipped blade, repair of which exceeds my capabilities. Even a ruination would serve the purpose of study and comparison, as I’m trying to assemble an article for “Fan Collector” magazine.
   PM me if you can help. Located in upstate NY. Thanks.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 2nd, 2017 11:06 pm
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You'll be amazed at the simplicity and ingenuity of this little gem. I think it's a spectacular achievement in design.

I'd like a couple more myself. I can help out if yours needs new wings as I went down that road with mine and am very happy with the results. (I found the uber rare aluminum rivets and bought 100)

Good luck on the hunt.

Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 12:46 am
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Still Hunting.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 11:23 pm
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Steve Rockwell wrote: Still Hunting. I have one in need of some blade repair maybe we can discuss this. I willpost an image when I get home Sunday It it is not for sale. Lol. I want to admire
 It. 

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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Steve Rockwell wrote:    In case such a thing even exists. I want to acquire a model to study and to admire, and eventually to fix up if it’s a suitable candidate. Cosmetic appearance and electrical function are not important, though it would be best to have an intact undented unclipped blade, repair of which exceeds my capabilities. Even a ruination would serve the purpose of study and comparison, as I’m trying to assemble an article for “Fan Collector” magazine.
   PM me if you can help. Located in upstate NY. Thanks.


Those little tykes are of very hardy construction.  What I found truly unique about the fan was the OILITE bearings. Chrysler just put them on the market around the time of the fans introduction. So the Gosling fan motor was state of the art stuff.

There is NO felt wick to rotor shaft contact.  There is a oil cup on the front bearing with felt wick that ONLY comes in contact with the OD bearing surface. The rear bearing has to be soaked as well. Oilite bearings are a bronze oil sponge. Fact Jack. :D

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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 03:28 am
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Gutted Gosling.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 12:43 pm
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Thanks, Russ. That's an amazing overlap with that blade. Are there any noteworthy similarities with the Century of Progress Radial Fan? Particularly the oilite bearings? I wonder whether they are especially well-suited to vertical shaft motor applications, such as ceiling fans..... or aren't.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 01:18 pm
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I am unaware of any similarities between the Gosling design and Worlds Fair design.  Oilite bearings have an advantage as they hold oil like a sponge as they are porous. Machining Oilite bearing requires very sharp tooling as to not close the pores in the machining process. One has to remember to keep the outer bearing surface felt soaked with oil to maintain lubrication.


I am proud to announce Billy Skolfield got his fingers in the Gosling fan pie with his patented rotor shaft end play spring("boing") washer.  :clap: :D


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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 02:21 pm
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….. "the Gosling design"…
   I think that’s the extent of it. I don’t think Gosling had much to do with the “guts”… he was very much an industrial designer in the vein of Loewy and Dreyfuss, much less well-known (hardly known?), with a particular specialty in lighting. The bulk of his career, from 1912 on, was spent with General Electric in Schenectady. GE loaned his services to various divisions to utilize those design abilities, so Gosling had a hand in the appearance of a wide range of products……

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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 05:41 pm
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80% of Gosling's work went into GE street lighting..





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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 06:53 pm
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In the bike world, those washers are used also, sometimes in different forms, but to the same effect., ie thackery washers, and wave washers.
Provides cushioning and location for shafts that float. In some cases can take up wear, but can certainly quiet noisy operation.
I'm of a mind to look into retro-fitting these to other fans.

Cheers,
Bill

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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2017 02:34 am
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Search concluded.   Thanks.

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 Posted: Mon May 22nd, 2017 01:48 am
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There were 2 that sold on ebay this afternoon within minutes of each other ... One at $511 and the other a buy-it-now at $250 ...The $511 fan really died at about $250, but two passionate buyers ran that up ... Hope these went to AFCA members.

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