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Nathan Britt
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While in Mississippi I found this Emerson 45641 Longnose, and I was able to haul it home for $80. I have restored several desk fans, but as this is my first ceiling fan, I will need plenty of guidance. All four irons and the brass canopy are intact, and the stator coils look good.







My first question: Does anyone know where I can find the correct type of wood for the blades? All I can seem to find is plywood.

#2: I suspect the switch is missing some parts as the brass terminals are exposed. can anyone tell me what I'm missing and where to find the parts?

#3: The porcelain hanger Is cracked and will have to be removed. I have heard that electric fence insulators work well for this purpose. My problem is this: the rod that holds the insulator is hammered on both sides, and I don't have a clue how to remove it.






Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I just finished a very minor restoration on a longnose, but I need to tear it down again to shim the bearing stack better as it starts slow and makes a little noise.
You are missing the cover plate for the switch it seems. It would still work if nothing else is broken. 

Also, what is your tooling like? I would grind the peen from the rod and tap it out, replace the insulator and repeen the edges with a hammer once you are complete. 

Let me know if you want any pictures

Edit: check with a woodworking store or lumber mill for correct wood type (basswood originally) I think most guys are replacing with a "nicer" wood if they require replacement. 

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Those blades were made of Basswood, Gumwood, or Poplar. Member Jon Andrews has a guy who does wonderful reproductions.

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Thanks for all the feedback! Since I don't have a grinder I used a file and was able to pound out the pin. Does it matter whether the new insulator is plastic or ceramic? Also does anyone know if home Depot carries the correct wood?

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Home Depot has poplar, at least they used to.

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Ok. I'll see what they have.

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I can tell that this was one of the very first years of Longnoses. The bottom plate doesn't have the two concentric rings on either side of the seven screws, it's just flat. I believe this would also have a solid speed coil cover rather than a vented one.

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Derek Warnecke wrote: I can tell that this was one of the very first years of Longnoses. The bottom plate doesn't have the two concentric rings on either side of the seven screws, it's just flat. I believe this would also have a solid speed coil cover rather than a vented one.Do you happen to know when Emerson started producing this model?

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I don't have an exact year, but I believe 1918 or 1919 was the first year of the Longnose.  I've seen them made as late as 1935, which was also the first year of the Roundnose.

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Thanks Derek! has anyone had any luck with electric fence insulators for a hanger?


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