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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 06:38 pm
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Chuck Ash
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I was given this fan recently and I am very interested in what to do with it. The fan has a very interesting patina but the cord looks as if it has been replaced. Should I just clean the fan and try to find a cord that looks more original?Does this fan have any value or an interesting history. The motor runs fairly smoothly and it oscillates. Any information about this van will be greatly appreciated. 

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 02:22 am
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Levi Mevis
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your fan is actually pre-1950, as it says Fulton, New York as Hunter's location when the fan was made, and if I remember right they relocated to Tennessee in the 1940s which means your fan is 1930s or earlier. Also as for the cord goes, I just usually leave well enough alone, especially if it was an older replacement because that's part of the fan's history, as long as it works I wouldn't bother, except for cleaning it up and relubing it.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 02:43 am
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Thank you Levi!Do you know where I can find out more info about my fan? When you say clean, is that just wipe off the dust or take it apart and get every “nook and cranny”?  Polish the brass?

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 10:59 am
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Mineral spirits will remove most of the grease, dirt and nicotine from years of use. All old fans should be taken apart and checked for electrical safety. I've seen a lot of shoddy electrical repairs in old fans that are unsafe. Also if you intend to run it regularly, the motor should be disassembled and the bearings and oilers cleaned and lubricated with fresh oil. Also the oscillator gearbox should be opened and cleaned of all old grease and relubricated also. 

Enjoy your old fan. 

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 02:56 pm
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Should I paint?

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Lane Shirey
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I would. Rustoleum Satin Black will match original pretty close. 

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 Posted: Thu Dec 21st, 2017 11:02 pm
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Another way to date the fan besides the location of Hunter's Headquarters stamped on the ID Tag is the Grille Badge, on 1940s and earlier Hunter's from what I understand they said Hunter Century on the Grille Badge on 1950s and Later they said Hunter Zephair, what does your Cage Badge say on your fan? 

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 01:52 am
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Hunter Century Thanks

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 02:00 am
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Levi Mevis
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Yep, just as I thought it's late 1930s early 1940s.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 02:07 am
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Thanks for your input. I work on this a little each day. I’ll post a few pics along the way. Appreciate the help!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 10:34 am
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No problem, always glad to help. I actually have a 1950s Version of your fan a Hunter Zephair that works like a charm.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 05:34 pm
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check the cord where it goes in to the base, i see an "edge" on both wires which would concern me. You can buy nier original wire on this site.....

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 Posted: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 06:19 pm
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Is there a link to where I can get the proper wire?

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 Posted: Mon Dec 25th, 2017 07:17 pm
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Hi Chuck:
I would pull the fan base cover and check connections. That's a good time to install a new rubber grommet. Brown lamp cord isn't special and I wouldn't be concerned if you want to replace it. I use appliance cords on my newer fans.
Sundial wire, Snake head vintage wire, and Vintage wire and supply.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 27th, 2017 08:46 pm
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Vintage Wire Supply, among others.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dark-Brown-Cloth-Covered-Wire-Vintage-Rewire-Kit-Lamp-Cord-Fan-Antique-Restore/202138611998?hash=item2f1066711e:g:Z80AAOxyjP1RyzaN

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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 10:16 pm
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Are there any secrets to cleaning the blades?

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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 10:20 pm
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Just use some Brasso or Simichrome polish, or even some #0000 grade steel wool.

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Chuck Ash wrote: Are there any secrets to cleaning the blades?
I learned from the forum that Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish works great.  Get a small pack of terry applicator pads too and you're good to go.  I did this same fan this past Summer - turned out super nice.  The Mothers will make those aluminum blades look like mirrors.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 01:20 pm
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Would you mind posting a pic of your fan

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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 01:32 pm
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Two, for the price of one  :D








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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 01:49 am
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Wow! Looks brand new. Great job

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 Posted: Fri Jan 12th, 2018 02:50 am
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Chuck, you can do it just as well, if not better - guaranteed.  We'll all help ya, brother...

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