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 Posted: Tue Jul 27th, 2021 07:03 pm
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Jeff Gavel
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OK this is my first westy restore and i had a couple questions, actually it's my second the first turned out to be just a parts as stator is fried and some of the pot metal is broken.

Model: 315745, date code 5-16-19 
Picked it up for $30. 
The fan runs on 2 speeds ok, but does have a lot of play front to back. cage is pretty straight and paint is good on the motor housing... not so much on the base.

i cant seem to turn off the oscillation. is it permanent or am i just missing something?

i was thinking of stripping and polishing the brass blades. do these blades polish out nicely?  (i know deviates from the originality). paint on the blades is in decent shape with some small white paint splatters and dirt.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 27th, 2021 10:49 pm
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Anthony Lindsey
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Pull up hard on the knob on the top of the gearbox.   

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 Posted: Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 03:55 am
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Alex Rushing
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First, we need to know the difference between restoration and preservation. Restoration entails arduous work on completely overhauling the mechanical, electrical, and all cosmetics(strip, paint, and restore tag/badge. Example: one of my earliest restos done in late Aug 2019. My work is echelons higher now I have done 100+ restos and good preservations. Still not bothered by the amateur paint work though. And example of a preservation, in a restorer's eyes: Original super resin polished paint with, complete mechanical/electrical overhaul, and polished brass left without clear coat to set up a gold hue on the brass. You can repaint the base with satin black Rustoleum Advanced Formula, then super resin polish the whole fan for a nicer appearance than the homely satin black they had originally. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing how your preservation project comes along! These fans will challenge you, but once done, many other fans will pale in comparison. :) You're gonna need need fiber washers to space the rotor for optimal performance and less extraneous noise. I buy assortments on Amazon. The ones in the assortment have to be trimmed for the motor bell carrier ID. The ball bearing engagement is probably cakes of grease stuck. Just unscrew the large cap and see how crusty the old grease is. You have to install new wicks, clean out the motor drains to oil cups, thoroughly clean and regrease the oscillator mechanism anyway. It is poor form to just get these old fans barely working by not cleaning everything possible, clean out oil drains, new wicks(don't waste time reusing old wicks as it is bad form when new 3/16" wick is dirt cheap. Anymore questions, let me know and I'll get back when possible. I see too much of this, "soak in spirits and reuse wick" crap going on, and bad form in splicing outside of the motor. Contact Tony Clayton for a stator removal and he sells the proper wire for these models(I'm guessing 3-wire phase shift configuration based on the 1919 microdate and brass blades. Have fun with it and don't let yourself get too serious about it all. These are awesome fans, and getting less abundant with brass blades. However, they're jot museum pieces. Not for another 20 years or so anyway. Here are some videos of the two pictured, in action. Restored 164848G(1919)
Preserved 164864B(1916)

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 Posted: Wed Aug 4th, 2021 08:20 pm
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 Alex, thanks so much for the detailed reply and description on restoration details for these Westys. I'm fairly new to Restoration and I've only done about 10 Emerson's mainly 30s to 50s and no brass at this time. Some of these were just a clean and relube others were a strip down and repaint.

I would be very interested in any brass polishing or tag restoration tips you ( or others ) may have.

the 2 Westinghouse Restorations you show are just fantastic!!

Jeff




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 Posted: Fri Aug 6th, 2021 06:34 pm
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Hey Jeff,
You're certainly welcome. And thank you for the compliments. I try to distinguish preservation and restoration, as each avenue carries different challenges and outcomes. Beautiful Emerson selection! I use Emersons mostly, but don't play the favorite brand thing, because a diverse collection is so much more interesting overall. So adding Westy to your collection definitely adds to the interesting factor. 

When you're ready to do tag work and polishing, shoot me a PM if the search function isn't coming up with what you need.

It is extremely hard the first time you do a tag/badge. Second is difficult, and after they're just tedious.
I've been having good luck with machine polishing, clean with acetone, black lacquer, and use Autoglym Super Resin polish to wear down the paint for the raised areas to show. Enamel works too, but requires more dry time, and then 48hrs to clear coat. 

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