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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Ron Cardinal
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Not for the purist but here is a 1950's Reed Unit Fans 24" Window Fan that I brought back to life. I remember hanging this fan with my father over a window in his shop 40 years ago. It was rusted, dented, and missing the motor and switch. It sat there for 40 years until I pulled it out a few weeks ago.

One of the mounting flanges was badly bent and rusted through so I cut both of them off then bent the metal back to the body of the fan converting it into a box fan. Next followed hours of rust removal with a knotted wire cone brush in an angle grinder. It was extremely rusty and rusted through in a few places.

Paint consisted of 3 coats of rust reformer followed by 4 coats of color with sanding between coats. Not the original one color paint scheme but I was having fun. I moved the rear grill to the front because it is so pretty and made a grill for the rear.

The bronze sleeve bearing was in decent shape with no play but was extremely sticky. I cleaned it inside and out with solvents, rags and compressed air. I submersed it in motor oil in a pan and heated it on the grill for a few hours. I let it cool in the oil overnight. Wow what a difference that made! The bearing now is super smooth with no play at all.

Installed a new 1/6 hp 1140/1725 rpm 2 speed motor from Grainger with a new switch and new fractional hp belt.

The fan runs great and is nearly silent on low while still moving a ton of air. Perfect for the back patio.

 


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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 05:25 pm
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Couple more pics.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Looks fantastic, great save & great redo! Finding one where the sleeve isn't shot is really a bonus, usually have to install pillow block bearings. I love those Reeds!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 06:38 pm
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That looks great!

Thank goodness the bushing was in good shape.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 09:41 pm
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Wow, that's a beauty! Yours doesn't have the window mounting flange on the front of it, interesting.

Close enough to the original color scheme, plus its your fan you can do what you want. But it looks great either way.

New Orleans made, New Orleans proud!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 12:11 am
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Thanks for the kind words guys.

It was a fun and rewarding project.

Andrew go back and read my post. The fan was originally like yours with the mounting flanges on it. One side was bent and rusted beyond repair so I removed both and converted it into a box fan. When I decided to restore the fan I searched for Reed Unit Fans and found this site and your fan. Thanks for the inspiration.

Yep New Orleans made in the 50's.

Here's a pic of the original sticker stuck to the inside of the fan body. There's not much left but you can still make out Reed Unit Fans 501 N St Patrick New Orleans


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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 03:39 am
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Ron Cardinal wrote:Andrew go back and read my post. The fan was originally like yours with the mounting flanges on it. One side was bent and rusted beyond repair so I removed both and converted it into a box fan. When I decided to restore the fan I searched for Reed Unit Fans and found this site and your fan. Thanks for the inspiration.

Yep New Orleans made in the 50's.

Here's a pic of the original sticker stuck to the inside of the fan body. There's not much left but you can still make out Reed Unit Fans 501 N St Patrick New Orleans


Sorry I was reading on a phone. Yours must have had the 4 separate mounting flanges. Mine it is part of the front of the fan.

That size was sold primarily residential at furniture stores. They had a tag on the side that said, "Reed Win-O-Vent."

501 N. St. Patrick is still there. Its a Limo company warehouse now. Still has a few Reed exhausts mounted in the side wall.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 12:09 pm
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Works for me, well done, great looking fan

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Andrew,

The fan was the same as yours with the mounting flange being a part of the front face.

I cut the extended sides off with a jigsaw and a straight edge then bent them down over the sides of the fan body with a hammer.

Took my time and got it as even as I could. Had to make pie cuts in the metal to get it around the corners.

Its not perfect but I think it came out well.

Except for the center bearing support our fans looked identical.

Interesting to know about a furniture store model.

My fan blade diameter is 24" while the entire box fan is 30" wide x 32" tall.

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Beautiful. I like that you are showcasing the cage and badge detail now that the fan has changed functions.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Ron Cardinal wrote:
Andrew,

The fan was the same as yours with the mounting flange being a part of the front face.

I cut the extended sides off with a jigsaw and a straight edge then bent them down over the sides of the fan body with a hammer.

Took my time and got it as even as I could. Had to make pie cuts in the metal to get it around the corners.

Wow, you did a great job. It looks pretty factory. They made those fans as a double grilled roll-about model. 

The smaller size was sold to accommodate residential windows. They usually came with side panels that adjusted to fill the space.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 10th, 2017 06:48 pm
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IT LOOKS LOVELY!!!!

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Man that is a sweet air mover!  Man cave or shop worthy:up:

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 Posted: Fri Oct 13th, 2017 02:33 am
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Very nice!  I like the Reeds and you really did that one proud.  Good job.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 14th, 2017 06:50 am
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That's a good looking fan. Great work!

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