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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 04:52 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Out of the blue, one of my many antique store contacts alerted me to a six wing westy that was for sale about an hour away from me so I hopped in my car and away I flew. Here is what I found (and bought) for $150.










 The cord is definitely not original but everything else is all there except for the end cap on the back of the rotor shaft. I'll post on the WTB for that missing piece or perhaps Ted Kaczor can make me one similar to the GE end caps I have purchased from him from time to time.

I was like a kid waiting for Santa Claus this morning hoping that this fan was still there and it was. I consider that price to be very good, this fan being worth all of that. I don't dare plug it in (though I might test it with my dim bulb tester).

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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 05:17 pm
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Peter Buffo
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Congrats! That is a beautiful fan and I think a solid $value..... (I spent exact same for mine a few months ago so I’m a wee biased)
Hopefully both of our upcoming projects are enjoyable and fun!  Are you going to keep it all original? At least from the perspective of strip it and repaint... 

I’m looking forward to seeing it cleaned up and pushing air!
Cheers!
Peter 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 05:30 pm
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David Kilnapp
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The paint is in very good condition. I'm going to try and clean it up with some Flitz and MeGuiars to see how it looks. I will post pictures as I go.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 06:07 pm
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Very nice fan and, imo, an equally nice price. Might check see if Chad Hunter has a rear cap. I got one for my Westy from him. Congrats!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 06:33 pm
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David Kilnapp
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My good friend Dennis LeBow found me a cap and wonderful guy that he is, he wouldn't even charge me the cost of mailing it to me. Here is the fan all broken down. The speed coil looked almost new. The paint is in such good condition that I'm just going to clean it with Flitz (which I ordered and will be arriving tomorrow) and maybe polish it up with some Meguiars. As I suspected, this is a 1914 centrifugal start fan.


You can see part of my dim bulb tester in the upper right corner. That and my kill o watt are very handy devices which every newbie should have. I may replace the steel acorn nuts with some brass nuts. I love the way they look even though it wouldn't be "original". What do you think? Who might have those? Maybe Darryl Hudson?

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 Posted: Sat Dec 1st, 2018 07:44 pm
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David Kilnapp wrote: I may replace the steel acorn nuts with some brass nuts. I love the way they look even though it wouldn't be "original". What do you think? Who might have those? Maybe Darryl Hudson?
David, you already know what I think about replacing the acorn nuts with brass nuts;  I would not do it but it's your fan so you can make your choice.   My 1912 model 6 wing Westy has black oxide finished brass acorn nuts.   I don't know when they went to the steel nuts but WWI might have had an influence.   The other differences between my 6 wing and yours are the bronze bearing carriers used on the earliest stamped steel westy noon-oscillator models and mine is a two speed with the third (low) speed blocked off by a stud.  These are pretty quiet fans and I think you will love it.

One question, what is the small number stamped in one of the fan hub fingers on the back side?   That should be the year of the fan.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 2nd, 2018 12:25 am
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The stamped number is 1915 on the back of the blade. You are quite right about the acorn nuts - they will stay as is...black oxide. I cleaned and degreased all the painted parts. A little more cleaning and then we'll see.

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The stamped number is 1915 on the back of the blade. .
David, the micro date on the motor tag is only a close approximation of when a Westy item was made and was likely when a new batch of motor tags was ordered, enough in most cases to last two to four years.   The date stamp on the rear of the blade hub should be the exact year or, in the case of my 6 wing, was the fan made in 1911 but as a 1912 model (which it is).  I don't know what the star means.   I would love for the factory people to be around so I could pick their knowledge on these small details and much more. 
Are you saying your acorn nuts are brass or steel?
   



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 Posted: Sun Dec 2nd, 2018 01:54 am
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David Kilnapp
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My acorn nuts appear to be steel. The date stamp on the back of the blade is "15". There is only the number 15, there is no star.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 2nd, 2018 04:03 am
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The star is not that common but not rare either.   More don't have the star than have it.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 5th, 2018 12:48 pm
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Progress report:

Runs like a charm - very quiet too. It's very odd, though, that the typical "click, click click" that one would expect from a centrifugal start mechanism is strangely absent. I had a heckuva time getting it to run initially because the shaft was slightly bound up (I've had this issue with pressed steel Westy's before). So I re-opened the case, then pressed the front and back half of the case together so that the shaft moved freely and fired it up. Then I slowly tightened the acorn nuts one at a time, all the while listening for signs of a binding shaft. It took a little time and patience but that's the trick. I suspect that the bearings just needed time to adjust which the spinning shaft was able to facilitate. (I never have had that issue with GE fans). The picture is somewhat misleading as the paint job (two coats of primer, two coats of satin finish and two coats of clear) is more of a matte finish which I think is pretty close to it's original look. (Just noticed that the fan is backward - switch should be on the right) so I'll back out the set screw in the neck and reverse the orientation tonight).

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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2018 02:29 pm
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Wow! Great looking fan! I’m anxious to get started on mine.... can’t wait to get parts in and knock it out!Cheers!
Peter

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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2018 02:35 pm
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Just sent your acorn nuts at the post office. Busy day there today but you should have the acorn nuts by Monday the latest I would think, Peter. I've been thinking about purchasing an ultrasonic cleaner. Would you take a picture of the one that you use and post the picture? How much did you pay for yours?

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 Posted: Thu Dec 6th, 2018 08:07 pm
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Thank you so much for the nuts! 😎
I don’t use an ultrasound cleaner..... I’m considering getting a brass tumbler for reloading and the odd brass part thrown in.

Anyone want to chime in on what’s best?

Cheers,
Peter

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