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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 12:45 am
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John Trier
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Victor Tank.  I could inspect and secure for anyone who's interested. 
https://desmoines.craigslist.org/atq/d/urbandale-vintage-antique-fan-victor/6891115344.html

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 10:15 am
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Lane Shirey
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To anyone who might be interested, be aware that it may need bearings.  The rear bearing carrier has been turned upside down. That usually indicates that the bearings are worn and they flipped it so that the fan would run. 
Nice fan otherwise

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 10:37 am
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David Kilnapp
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Yes, I'm interested, John. I'll contact the seller to see if he'll take an offer and let you know. I'll pay you for your trouble and for shipping if I can get it. 
Lane:  I've worked on a half dozen of these Westy tanks and one that was also upside down like this one. The one I brought (and sold) at NJ Breezin was like this and it was not overly worn. Nice fan. I sent the seller an offer so now we'll see.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 12:04 pm
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John Trier
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David Kilnapp wrote: Yes, I'm interested, John. I'll contact the seller to see if he'll take an offer and let you know. I'll pay you for your trouble and for shipping if I can get it. 
Lane:  I've worked on a half dozen of these Westy tanks and one that was also upside down like this one. The one I brought (and sold) at NJ Breezin was like this and it was not overly worn. Nice fan. I sent the seller an offer so now we'll see.
Ok David let me know, I’d be happy to help.  This has been up for a while.  Original price was over 3K.  I contacted the seller and told him about values and directed him to fan parts which has one for sale. No response.  Weeks later it was $750 and now $500. 

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 12:31 pm
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David Kilnapp
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There's another one for sale, completely restored by another AFCA member on eBay for $950. The same seller is listing a Westy tank for $750 which is identical to the one I sold, completely restored, for $350. Now I realize that things are worth what someone is willing to pay but there is a reasonable range of values which $3K is clearly outside of. I paid $200 for the Westy tank then put another $150 into it with the cost of the brass refinishing so I made nothing on the sale (I'm not in this hobby to make money). However, I do think that the $350 that I sold it for was a reasonable price for the fan. I hope that this buyer responds one way or the other as I would like to acquire this fan. 
You say you directed the seller to Antique fan parts where there is a similar fan for sale? I looked at Chad Baker's site but I don't see a Victor tank.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 04:11 pm
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David Kilnapp wrote: There's another one for sale, completely restored by another AFCA member on eBay for $950. The same seller is listing a Westy tank for $750 which is identical to the one I sold, completely restored, for $350. Now I realize that things are worth what someone is willing to pay but there is a reasonable range of values which $3K is clearly outside of. I paid $200 for the Westy tank then put another $150 into it with the cost of the brass refinishing so I made nothing on the sale (I'm not in this hobby to make money). However, I do think that the $350 that I sold it for was a reasonable price for the fan. I hope that this buyer responds one way or the other as I would like to acquire this fan. 
You say you directed the seller to Antique fan parts where there is a similar fan for sale? I looked at Chad Baker's site but I don't see a Victor tank.
Yea if it is this Westy Tank it has the wrong cage, crappy paint job, No rubber feet, repo cage badge and in my opinion he is still asking more than twice its value IF it was all original. The same for the Victor as far as price goes. But that seller usually asks 3 to 4 times the actual value of any fan he sells. He also sells under the ebay name "cutndry50"

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-FAN-ANTIQUE-FAN-BRASS-BLADE-FAN-VINTAGE-WESTINGHOUSE-FAN-IRON-TANK-FAN/323832135183?hash=item4b65e63e0f:g:8mEAAOSweTRc~TKk

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 04:30 pm
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Don Tener wrote: He also sells under the ebay name "cutndry50"

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-FAN-ANTIQUE-FAN-BRASS-BLADE-FAN-VINTAGE-WESTINGHOUSE-FAN-IRON-TANK-FAN/323832135183?hash=item4b65e63e0f:g:8mEAAOSweTRc~TKk

Todd Thrasher in Auburn, CA also uses gingersnap54 as another ebay name in addition to cutndry50.   I would avoid him totally.


PS:  Too bad all can't be civil and treat his fellow man kindly as most of us do.   I got a pm from Todd today I believe in response to my sharing how I feel about him for his buying and selling practices and more.   "I told you a long time ago to mind your own f....ng business so I think you should do so>" This is typical of a few communications he has sent me previously after I blocked him from buying from me on ebay.


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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 04:48 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Todd has a Victor 16 inch lollipop listed on eBay also at $5,000 plus (it started out at $6500). That's a crazy high number for that fan which, in my opinion, is not as desirable as a 12 inch lollipop (which is on my wish list). But, hey, anyone can ask anything they want. Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay. I still would love that Victor tank on Craigslist but so far, no response from the seller to my email which is consistent with John's experience. It would have been a courtesy for the seller to thank John for his input and guidance. Sadly, those days of polite discourse seem to be over. It's a pity.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 05:20 pm
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Go west young man, in July. I'll have one at FF for sale, as found...

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 05:27 pm
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It wasn’t from the same guy but the highest fan I ever saw on eBay was a Peerless Kickstart for $7000 plus.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 05:43 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Send me a PM Mike. What do you have?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 09:53 pm
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Sean Campbell wrote: It wasn’t from the same guy but the highest fan I ever saw on eBay was a Peerless Kickstart for $7000 plus.An Edison Slo Speed motor that was used for fans sold for $25,099.00. Even with no blade or cage. That is the most expensive one I have seen sell.




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 Posted: Thu Jun 13th, 2019 06:01 pm
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Sean Campbell wrote: It wasn’t from the same guy but the highest fan I ever saw on eBay was a Peerless Kickstart for $7000 plus.
...and that was a steal of a deal!!!  New owner was very happy to buy it for that.  

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 Posted: Fri Jun 14th, 2019 12:04 am
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Friends: With the wonderful kind assistance of John Trier (who wouldn't even take any money up front!), I have acquired this fan. John met the seller, on his own time, and here is what he said after meeting the seller:

David. I have the fan. Here’s what I saw and learned. This fan has been in the same family since it was new. You’ll be the third owner. Grandpa took good care of it and purposefully maintained it. His son, now old, has had it and displayed it. He has polished the brass once in a while. The head wire looks great and new looking, that’s one of my benchmarks as to how much it was used. The red cardboard or hardboard cover on the switch looks brand new. Paint is 100% great less one white paint smudge which you can take off with your fingernail. Runs good and strong on high but slows a bit on lower speed. Lube job is all it will need and flipping the motor housing 180 degrees. The cage has no breaks but you’ll want to straighten it a bit. I have it all packed and will fed ex probably on Saturday. I’ll let you know on shipping. Hang tight till I know shipping. 2 boxes. I think you’ll like it. john

I feel very fortunate to have acquired this fan and I am obliged to treat it with respect and reverence as befits a family treasure. I have emailed the seller for some information on the original owner (his grandfather) which I will keep with the fan. This fan is a family treasure and shall be treated with the appropriate respect.

I'll post pictures when I get it. And how good is John Trier? He doesn't know me from a hole in the wall, and he was willing to do this for me. There are wonderful people in this club and I am so grateful to be afforded the privilege to be a member.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 14th, 2019 12:51 am
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Congrats Dave! That’s a truly heartwarming and wonderful story!

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