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  1. Finished up on this 3 speed oscillator, BB/BC Circa 1911 ball motor. I installed a bridge rectifier and now it's running on 119vdc. This is my first attempt to powder coating. I probably should have done more prep on the cast iron but I think I came out pretty good. It runs smoothly in 3 distinct speeds. I want to thank Darryl Hudson for a great job making me an oscillator shoulder screw, rubber grommets and feet. I also want to thank Tony Clayton for an awesome job on the wire he made. Before Link: Three wires broken on the commutator. Luckly my repairs worked! Replaced wires and rewrapped. Fabricated a new lever with micarta. Added a bridge rectifier. Only place I could find to mount it.
    9 points
  2. During the barn cleanup last May, Doctor Dunaway had some fans for sale. I looked around at the selection for a while and eventually settled on these two bad boys. They were both on my list of desk fans I’d like to add to the collection. All said and done, I’m very thrilled to have both. And after help from Shawn Sharpe in Virginia, both run great! The GE took a lot more effort than the Emerson. Go figure!
    8 points
  3. Hello my friends and thank you for all the kind comments on the Emerson 14644 post. I started to clean up the 19644 that I bought from Dennis LeBow and wasn't looking forward to repeating all the work that I did on the 14644. I thought that there must be a better way to bring the japanne back without unduly harming the finish. I had some heavy duty compound from the days that I used to buff out cars. But first, below is the 19644 as I got it from Dennis. Here are the chemicals that I used starting with the heavy duty compound and proceeding to the light compound, then the cleaner wax and finally the Meguiars. I'm happy to report that the use of the heavy duty compound did not harm the japanne. Quite the contrary, it cut the work down by 75%. What took me four or five hours on Saturday with the 14644, I accomplished in one hour today on the 19644. Below are some pictures (before and after). And after (below) I was amazed how quickly the heavy duty compound took years of crud off the japanne without harming it. The lighter duty cleaner compound brought out the sheen and the cleaner wax and Meguiars really brought out the deep luster of the japanne. Judge for yourselves. I delivered the brass for both fans to Ron Bethoney at New England Brass Refinishing so it'll be a week or two before I get it back, polished and lacquered. In the meantime, I'll be needing a wing bolt and oil spout for the 19644. I haven't gotten any replies to my need for those so I'll shoot an email to Chad Baker. The wing bolt will be the harder one of the two to source. Couldn't wait to put the 19644 back together. It's on the right and the 14644 is on the left. Notice how much deeper black the 19644 is from using the heavy compound!
    7 points
  4. Hello fan friends. Today I received the reproduction 1902 brass blade from Ted Kaczor which completed the restoration of this fan for Michael Saxby. The fan runs perfectly, no vibration thanks to Ted's flawless work. Judge for yourselves. It would not be possible except for the exceptional talented folks listed below: Ron Bethoney - repair work on the cage and brass polishing Ted Kaczor - Amazing reproduction blade flawlessly balanced Rick Powell - Perfect japanning and repair of cracked neck Darryl Hudson - replacement of worn bearing and rotor spindle (plus replacement oil slingee, and knurled nuts for the power terminals) Don Coleman - reproduction motor tag Kim Frank - provided an unused serial number. How fortunate we are to know these gentlemen!
    7 points
  5. Without going into any details, I must say that some AFCA members are the finest group of people that I have ever met!
    7 points
  6. Years ago I bought a GE motored jandus on eBay. There was a contraption in it with a coil, but really was not safe or functional. I wanted a project to practice making bits on the lathe so I dug it out of the pile. Having nothing to work with and a few pictures from the forum, I came up with the following. It was working perfect till I buggered up the coil, thereby snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I'll rewind it as soon as I can get the specs. Anyway, here it is. 3/8 delrin, homemade switch parts, and some luck. Reality is you need to make a prototype, this is it but I'm going with it. The guys who work with metal will see all the flaws, but it's fine with me
    7 points
  7. Here a newly developed wire for Edison C Frame Battery Fan. Wire is pictured currently curing.
    6 points
  8. On this project, I worked very long time, to long. I did it because it is a very rare 1989, 14" GE Pancake cage. Worst kind of restoration scenario, all wrap arounds "S" wires joints were deformed and soled loose, every one of the "S" wires had different bends and they were loosely sliding on both rings. Both, back and front rings were deformed badly, all soldering points losse everywhere. Time to time, little by little work was done and after 2 years of busting my hands it finally looks as it should.
    6 points
  9. I wanted to share the restoration process of this 1936 Emerson 85641 "Roundnose" 56" ceiling fan. I purchased this fan from Louis Weedman at Fall Workshop last year, and it was one I've been looking for for a while - an early-production Roundnose with the 2.3A motor. Electrically, it's basically a Longnose, and they were only made like this for 1936 and 1937 before the radical switch to a PSC motor in 1938, and then back to a 1.7A shaded pole motor in 1941. Here is a video of the completed motor running. I'll follow-up with some more photos on subsequent posts.
    6 points
  10. HELLO AND HAPPY 2023.... AS YOU KNOW, OR SHOULD KNOW, MEMBERSHIPS IN THIS FABULOUS CLUB ALL EXPIRE ON 12/31/- IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED, BETTER SCURRY ON OVER TO THE MEMBERSHIP SECTION AND RENEW. SHOULD YOU NOT WANT TO USE PAYPAL, THERE IS A PRINT FRIENDLY, SO THEY SAY, FORM THAT CAN BE PRINTED AND MAILED IN TO CHERYL LANGUEMI. ADDRESS IS ON THE FORM. THE 1ST ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE WILL BE COMING SOON AND YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS OUT... YOU CAN DO THIS.. AND IF YOU ALREADY HAVE... THANK YOU!!!! AND IF IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER, I JUST PAID MINE YESTERDAY... HAPPY FAN WEDNESDAY!! ANNIE
    6 points
  11. Windings wedged and ready for lashing and varnishing.
    6 points
  12. Hi I know it is well known the quality of Tony's cordage ,is second to none . Received 100s' of feet in "samples" from the more than generous, gentleman ..words failed me when i opened the box . Had to spend some time placing cord with some recent restorations , and one or two old ones, with a post here , was best way to say thanks .. A few pics .. First was a Australian import 220 volt verity. The Little REX got its own cord .... Australian find local. .Iron Clad Edison got a twist 2 core , full restoration wound armature etc., including cage ..RICKS Japan Recent restoration ..still a fav ...till next one eh ....Westy vane in copper ... Good team , Ricks Japan ,Tonys' cord ... Egyptian sourced ... Ge 1900 finished a while back, but sat a waiting a switch knob , few ...[yes a few , only needed one ,] turned up in Tonys' box The Gentleman who passed the Ge knobs on to me ...thanks so fan now finally done n dusted ...this fan will pass a coin test with flying colors. milled blade hub and new bush ..perfect Another more rarer twin lever .. Kwaka ..220 volt Kawasaki, under verity license... Extremely well made ,and the cage ...wow! Marelli....Buffa wall mount Head wire ,, cord That kept me busy for a bit Tony....thanks show off 3 volts and i aint even made a dent in it ...Nichrome wrapped wire in there too Tonys' cordage and my old fans, along with Ricks Japan ...i happy with that mixture for now and into the FUTURE eh !!!!!! hope you all enjoyed the few pics. cheers jan
    6 points
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  14. Finishing up brass and fitting them on the 360 Whiz ll !
    6 points
  15. Hi,Bought this little fan for Christmas ( for Me). The fan was in pretty good shape expect for few dents that I was able to remove. The cage needed a few repairs and straightening. Fabricated a metal ring to accommodate some rubber feet. I did have an issue with the pins on the motor tag, the tag was loose and two of the holes where enlarged to the point the pins where not going to work so taped the brass housing and installed 4-40 machine screws than ground flash after pinging them. Then polished and lacquered it . I think it may be in my opinion it is the best built all brass I have restored .
    5 points
  16. Photos are attached. I should have it installed in a few months! I'll be cleaning up an original set of blades for this fan next.
    5 points
  17. Just finished this fan for a collector in Texas. The original blade was in very poor condition and after repairs I was unable to polish. I reviewed some WWI and WW2 prop paint schemes and came up with what you see. This thing has a 1/4hp motor which creates a wicked amount of torque and prop speed. Not something you want to hang in the bedroom. If anyone out there has an original Emerson blade in good condition please let me know. Thanks.
    5 points
  18. Bought this fan from a member on Facebook. It's a 12" Trojan 5610. A 2 speed BB/BC with brass struts. The speed lever was missing but I found one from Chad. Didn't test the motor but I'll do that when I start restoring it. The switch housing is in need of some work. So happy to have found one. Now I can scratch this one off of my bucket list.
    5 points
  19. Test running 360 Whiz # 2. Next week fabricating brass struts and cage IMG_0591.MOV
    5 points
  20. The braider bench. Spiral wound Edison magnet wire.
    4 points
  21. Louis; the reason for using laminated pole pieces in an AC motor is to reduce losses (and therefore heat buildup) caused by changes in magnetic field strength. When you have a change in field strength in a solid piece of iron, there are voltages induced in the metal, which circulate freely. These cause heat and power dissipation. These currents are called "eddy currents" by the way. By slicing the part up into many sheets, you break up the electrical path so that the eddy currents are not as much of a factor. There are also certain properties of the iron its self which help to lower the amount of energy dissipated when the magnetic field changes in strength or direction. Because a DC field pole is carrying a DC current in one direction, there is little in the way of field strength change, and virtually no eddy currents. The less costly alloy and solid construction of the DC pole pieces is their main benefit. Laminated pole pieces can work with AC or DC, however solid pole pieces are only good for DC and will heat up if used with AC. Note that the armature of a DC motor is made of laminations. This is because the armature winding is experiencing an AC voltage due to the commutator action. It would suffer the same heating effects as field pole pieces made of solid iron and operated on AC. So, in summary, you can make DC field pole pieces from laminations and they will work perfectly, however you can't use a solid pole piece with AC, or it will dissipate energy and get hot. Having access to a laser cutter, you may find it more convenient to build up pole pieces from laminations even though the motor is a DC motor. That may be easier than casting them and machining them. Just a thought.
    4 points
  22. Currently nothing ....clearing space for fanapalooza March 18 ,2023 Hopefully filled with projects that day....I'm sure I will have wrecked something for Bill by then
    4 points
  23. This is what happens at fan meets -- Maybe it will inspire you to further transform the passion.
    4 points
  24. Polishing the cage on my newly acquired Trojan All Brass. Made some repairs and to finish it up.
    4 points
  25. Another attempt at pontypool Literally put this on with a stick. Some bubbles some thin spots. I will let it dry for a few days then long and slow at 250 and see how it goes. Possibly 2nd coat. Yoke was easier just dipped in can directly ( I was not prepared to hang it and had to use whatever was in reach) I would not recommend this as a replacement to japan ( original or Rick ) nor any other method done in experienced hands. This is not a great paint job by any means, however, it is simple and more fun than rattle can imho Not intended for use on valuable fans
    4 points
  26. Russ This early Menominee or Noxall fan runs beautifully. I will connect up the leads and will run it to see if the CW blade is turning CCW. I think the blade is not original but I do think this fan was a Noxall that lost the fancy dolphin base or was mounted to this base when the dolphin base proved too delicate. Either way this fan motor sure looks like the image shown for the Noxall. Here are the best pictures I have of this fan. Mel
    4 points
  27. In an Antique mall (Danville, VA) with thousands of items. one fan - - & it was the owners, paid 30 - - no idea if it runs, the wiring was home boy extension cord - - It's An Oscillator (Made by Diehl) Aluminum Blades. Spins free. I dig the 10 wire Cages!! I have 16, 12 & 10s now - all green
    3 points
  28. It's bad when you can sniff them out from far and wide. Finds from October 2022-Jan 2023.
    3 points
  29. Very modified Drozd Blackbird - Made In Russia - bought pre-Obama - He banned the import and sale of all Russian made firearms including this BB gun. This rifle has switches which set it to fire: single shot, 3 round bursts, 6 round bursts, and full automatic at rates of fire: 600, 900 and 1,200 rounds per minute. Output pressure is 1,000 pounds up to 1,600 pounds from a 90 cubic inch tank that has a fill capacity of 4,500 pounds. When firing this rifle using a 1,600 output tank the BB's spark as they leave the barrel. On full auto a soup can will be totally shredded in 20 seconds.
    3 points
  30. I thought it would be fun to see what everyone is currently working on. Now that winter has set in here in Michigan I've had a little more time to spend in the shop. I'm currently working on my R&M tank. So far I've rewound the stator and speed coil, restored the switch and blasted the cast iron and pressed out the old bearings. Today's task is to finish grinding the iron and start some bodywork. Feel free to add some pics of your current project.
    3 points
  31. My workbench with variac & light bulb. I built this portable for when I worked on fans at the battleship. For smaller motors I often use a 300 watt lamp or smaller. For circulators, I use two 500 watt lamps. For a 12” fan the lamp won’t glow. It will glow dimly for a 16”. If the motor is shorted, it’s full bright.
    3 points
  32. I use a Buegler pinstriping tool with the narrowest wheel you can buy for it and a turntable. I have a little mount rigged up for the Buegler to hold it steady next to the turntable. The Buegler is designed with a guide arm so this is pretty easy--my mount is a block of wood with a hole drilled in it to hold the guide arm. So it's just a matter of swiveling the Buegler so the wheel touches the part while I rotate it on the turntable. Works well.
    3 points
  33. 6+ weeks since I started this thread and the tank still isn't finished. Still have to cut and polish the paint, polish some brass and put it together. Should be finished next week!
    3 points
  34. Yep...when my kids were around we could do any school project or Kraft without going anywhere.... note jars of marbles , beads , glitter and nail polish...now I can bling out a fan( or anybody coming here March 18 #anothershamelessplug )
    3 points
  35. Putting the status of one's membership (paid up through...) in the forum under one's profile might be something to consider.
    3 points
  36. Will, Don't hesitate to ask questions and look for advice on this forum. Members here are always willing to help you sort out problems of just about anything. I've seen how-to threads run for many pages. Great bunch of knowledgeable gals and guys on this forum.
    3 points
  37. On my bench today: A Vader stator fresh rewind (third time charm time, these are a son of a gun) A 11666 stator ready for windings
    3 points
  38. Thanks. I posted it on Facebook. Chad Shapiro moderates on a Facebook page for old bulbs. He and others responded to my posting and images. Chad nailed it as a Sunbeam bulb with Westy base. A number of people commented, but I suck on Facebook on how to post back. I wrote something but couldn't find how to click on whatever for posting it. I'll figure it out. The image is 92.
    3 points
  39. Can't pass up a pedestal fan.
    3 points
  40. As you look at this fan and the condition it’s in,I was not able to work some ripples out of one blade .Maybe with brass but the coating is too fragile.There are some spots with the brass undercoat showing but it’s not that noticeable.It’s straight and true and in balance now.Not for me but the fan.If you happen to have a blade laying around contact me.I sure would be interested in purchasing it!! A fan In near perfect condition for over a hundred years and someone’s carelessness,just like that it’s imperfect.
    3 points
  41. Currently working on a pair of Westinghouse industrial fixtures to mount in the shop.
    3 points
  42. My resolution is not to buy any more fans in 2023... Also I will not buy any less!
    3 points
  43. It is kinda funny how regardless of how big a bench you build, you wind up working in a one foot square area with crap cluttering the rest. in the new shop I built a large bench with 2 distinct working areas. Half the bench has been clogged with a chandelier that’s been at a stand still for over a year. I also have a large work table. All horizontal surfaces except for a one foot square area are filled with fan projects awaiting parts. Lol.
    3 points
  44. Hunter Century. Just need to polish the blades, put some felt on the base plate.
    3 points
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