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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 03:29 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I'm fortunate enough that Mike Rathberger sold me his 1903 fully ribbed pancake. Rick Powell did his usual artistry on it. While putting it back together I spotted a threaded hole between the contacts. Now what is that for???


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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 04:01 pm
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Kim Frank
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None of the 11 1903 models in my collection have a hole in the rear cover between the binding posts. Those include all three variants in 12 inch trunnion and solid frame, 16 inch trunnion, and a CGE and BTH model....I also don't remember seeing a threaded hole in any 1903 model I've worked on over the last 18 years...

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 04:44 pm
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Levi Mevis
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maybe that hole was a later addition for something that someone had attached to the back of that fan at some point in time? :wondering:

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 04:46 pm
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Mystery solved. Apparently, Mike tells me, that a former owner put a threaded hole there to hold some kind of a cover for the posts. I use bakelite covers that Darryl Hudson makes for me for that purpose. In any case, it was simple enough to find the right brass screw, cut it back and thread it into the hole from the inside out. I have some Japanne from Rick Powell that I will use to cover it and it will disappear.
This fan is a show stopper. Here are some pictures of the progress so far:


The brass pointer and other brass is at the refinishers. I expect that back next week.





You can see below that I have cut back a brass screw and screwed it in from the inside out. A dab of Japanne that Rick Powell supplied me with and voila, all fixed.


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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 04:50 pm
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Levi Mevis
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David Kilnapp wrote: Mystery solved. Apparently, Mike tells me, that a former owner put a threaded hole there to hold some kind of a cover for the posts. I use bakelite covers that Darryl Hudson makes for me for that purpose. In any case, it was simple enough to find the right brass screw, cut it back and thread it into the hole from the inside out. I have some Japanne from Rick Powell that I will use to cover it and it will disappear.
This fan is a show stopper. Here are some pictures of the progress so far:


The brass pointer and other brass is at the refinishers. I expect that back next week.





You can see below that I have cut back a brass screw and screwed it in from the inside out. A dab of Japanne that Rick Powell supplied me with and voila, all fixed.



So I was correct then David. It was a later addition to hold something onto the back at one time.  :up: :D

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David Kilnapp
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You were indeed Levi. Good catch! Still, this fan will be my new favorite. It's built differently from other pancakes I've worked on. The brass motor tag functions as the center of the head case rather than screwing into the head case like other pancakes. Interesting!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 05:08 pm
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Levi Mevis
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indeed it is interesting, I've always wanted a pancake, but can't afford one, its all I can do with my meager earnings as a custodian working 2 days a week half the year at an Amish themed restaurant to support my antique and vintage electronics restoration hobby/side job let alone restoring and collecting antique fans as well. How are you faring through this corona virus outbreak?

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 05:11 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Levi, see my PM to you.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 05:37 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Already replied. 

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 06:21 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Sent you another PM Levi.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 21st, 2020 06:47 pm
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Levi Mevis
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I replied again! Thanks! 😀

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 02:48 am
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The 1903 has long been a personal favorite. I know it will turn out great. I think the tag you mentioned is a standard feature of stick mount cakes. My 1900 has the same stamped brass ring! I hope you’re both doing well in these...interesting...times.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 04:22 pm
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I have been able to avoid the corona virus so far. And the interesting thing is that I also haven't had the flu in nearly a decade, and that's about how long it's been since I've had a flu shot. 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 04:26 pm
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David Kilnapp
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I just had to put this together using some spare acorn nuts. The brass will make it a show stopper. Rick Powell's japanning is wonderful (as usual)!




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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 05:14 pm
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You are right. Rick has done work for me and it’s second to none. Also, I think you picture clearly demonstrates why the 03 is probably my favorite cake. That’s just eye candy.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 05:21 pm
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Nice Work. 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 05:47 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks. I couldn't believe my luck when Mike Rathberger offered it to me for quite a bit under market, for which I am very grateful!

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 05:51 pm
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There's preferred pricing for guys like you David. Another gentleman contacted me and he got it too on another fan....

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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 09:07 pm
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Mike is a great guy.  He also sold a Emerson pedestal fan to me at an unbelievable price some years ago, and I still have that fan in my office.  I use it quite often.  Thanks again for the great deal Mike.  Also, on the 03 pancake fan, it’s coming along really nicely David.   There’s some really great folks in this organization and I’m proud to be a part of it.  

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