|I picked up this rough but complete R36 from Brian Hicks last month and gave the motor a full strip, clean and paint treatment. The blades haven't yet been stripped.
I was surprised to see that the motor tag was installed upside-down, apparently from the factory. The wiring is original, and since this era of motor uses plastic insulated wiring under cloth, I decided to leave it be as it was in good condition. The motor is noticeably heavier and better-finished than the later 36/38" Hunter Original motors, with a nice smooth casting and larger 1.4A motor. The finished motor seemed to run with less hum than the 1.2A Hunter Original motor, a pattern I've noticed comparing a few antiques to '70s and '80s Hunters with shaded pole motors. I have a theory that the larger (taller) rotors of the antique motors tend to result in quieter fans. This fan uses light aluminum blades with a slight curve, set at a steeper pitch than the later Hunter Originals. It should really put out some air once hung in my garage over my work bench.
I used Krylon Satin Ivory paint, over Rustoleum self-etching primer and under Krylon lacquer clear coat. I'm very pleased with the final result.
Some pictures of the process here: