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 Posted: Mon Dec 11th, 2017 03:20 am
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Dan Foley
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I was in Vermont today and stopped by an antique shop, and they did have some fans scattered around for sale.  Originally I was going to grab a GE loophandle (with plain old round gearbox knob), but it needed too much work to justify their asking price.  The gearbox and blade hub were both cracked and the wiring was a mess.  They also had a nice Hunter Zephair and FASCO, although both were priced way too high and I wasn't interested in contacting the individual sellers to haggle. 

So I settled on this Westy as it was priced very low; the plug was cut off so I'm guessing it was being sold in untested condition.  I've always had kind of a soft spot for these, even if they're nothing special.  Aside from needing some general maintenance and cosmetic work, it runs great on high speed.  For low speed I'm going to need a new resistor for inside of the base.  The stock resistor must have become quite toasty at one point, as it was actually discolored and cracked right in half.  Does anyone know what the stock resistor was rated at?  Also if anyone has a center cap for the blades they're willing to sell, please let me know.  Thanks!








Once it's all cleaned up it's going to be a nice daily driver.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 13th, 2017 01:41 am
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Tom Nordin
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Hi Dan -
That's a classic, for sure.  I've wanted to do one of these after a previous AFCA member highlighted his accomplishment with one of these here on the forums.  His results were nothing less than outstanding.

I can't imagine you haven't seen that thread.

Best wishes with that - looking forward to the beauty you can create...  :)

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 Posted: Wed Dec 13th, 2017 05:18 am
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Here's some cleanup progress, I removed the caked on dust and shined the cage up a bit:








Still has a little built up grease in certain spots that I'll need to remove, and I put a new headwire on since the old one actually felt pretty crispy on closer inspection.  For now I stuck a spare 25 ohm / 100W resistor in, and it seems to be working.  Although I may look for one with a slightly higher resistance to slow it down a bit more.  Then I'll just have to find some new felt for the base, the stuff on there now is pretty beat.  Otherwise it's running perfectly now that it has fresh oil and gearbox grease.



Tom - I think they're neat fans for what they are (and I'll admit that I'm a sucker for pretty much anything Westinghouse).  I also have a 10LA4 in my collection that is used quite a lot during the summer, so I'm glad I was able to find the 12 inch version.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 13th, 2017 06:56 pm
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Marce Clark
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looks great. I have 2 of those they are good fans.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 13th, 2017 09:57 pm
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Dan Foley
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Thanks Marce!


I worked on the motor housing a bit more and shined up the metal around the air vents:

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Levi Mevis
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The church I grew up in had one of those but they threw it out because of it being a safety hazard because of the kids there, even though it had plastic blades that wouldnt of hurt anyone, there's one of those for sale at a local antique shop near me except the switch is in the motor housing instead of in the base.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 15th, 2017 01:43 am
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I've always kinda liked the looks of these fans. You should look up Gary Heidenfeldt - he has a lot of good information about resistor values to use in these fans.

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