Friday, September 30, 2005

New Paint

I took the advice of friend and checked into a brand of paint called Duplicolor. I found some at our local Autozone. I tried it last night. I am very pleased. It seems to apply easily and has a deep reflective quality. I am anticipating results on this project. I also got some info on the capacitor I will need for the fan. I am looking forward to getting this thing wired up and running. Now all I need is that worm gear and shaft.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Oh well

I got my new Emerson in yesterday and took the oscillator housing off. I notice right away that it was not going to provide the parts needed for my 646. We'll that just adds another fan to the collection. I will find a junker one of these days. Keep me in mind if you come across one.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


I finally got an Emerson for parts. Kind of interesting too, that I won a 79648 AG-P. It is nearly the same model fan that my 77646 was setting next to when I got it originally. The funny part is that this fan runs, according to the seller, and I am gonna dismantel it. Stranger things have happened. It could be here as early as tomorrow. No rush though since I have so much to do on the paint and so forth. That's all for now.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Fan Shopping

I went "junkin" today. I had a really good time. I love going to downtown antique stores, not knowing just what they'll hold. I go through them pretty quick because I think the smell of some makes me somewhat sick. I prowled today into the basement of a neat little antique mall. I found a nice little Jr. It was kinda cheap, but not cheap enough considering it looked like it had fallen on its face and smashed the blades backward. I could have fixed it but I wasn't ready to spend that kind of money for damaged goods. There was a few others that found their way into my path, but nothing very rare. Lets see, there was a Signal, an Emerson 2150, a 77646 (marked not for sale, oh the irony!), two larger overpriced Emersons from the 50's, varying models of GE's of the stamped sheet metal variety, a Coronado, an extremely overpriced 8 inch Emerson that I have eyeballed before. Finally, an odd little story, several weeks ago I journeyed to a small town near here to visit some antique shoppes that I hadn't been to in a while. When I was there I found a couple fans I was interested in. One was a 16in BB Century oscillator. My mean wife tried to hide it from me. I was marked reasonably in price then I noticed that it said, "motor just hums". No big... I have had them before. Anyway, due to the little spat with the dearest, I did not acquire the fan that day. Since that day I have thought about that fan and considered driving to pick it up. Well, today was interesting because the second shop we hit had several fans in it, like a westinghouse with BB but they didn't look like they belonged. It was too expensive anyway, but just before I exited this fine establishment, I saw it, the same Century that had haunted my mind all these weeks. Someone bought it and moved it to their display in another store. Same little note "motor just hums". Today, I passed on everthing I saw and got beat on an auction. Where's my pills!!


Friday, September 23, 2005

Fear of the Bid

As many of you know, Ebay is a large source of fans. I myself enjoy, just watching what goes through. Every once in a while there will come a fan that I must have. I determine my price and go for it. I usually have it restored in my mind before it is won. Fast forward>>>Here I am I won the bid. I am overcome with joy. Then just as fast as I got happy, I am riddled with fear. "How am I gonna break it to my wife?" "What is she gonna say?" I want her to be excited for me, or better yet that we have added another fan to our collection. She'll just say, "How many fans do you need?" She is right. I don't need any. I am starting to realize that it isn't about how many, but that part of the hobby is going after them. They are each a trophy. One that tells it's own story in my mind. They through restoration tell another story of endurance and a brush with the dumpster. There are all levels and reasoning for each collector. Some of you guys are wealthy and retired. That would be a good place to be for a fan collector. Some obsess about quantity. Some like me can't afford pancakes, gyros, and hurricanes. We just drewl over pictures of them, and settle for descent 20's and 30's models that are pretty beat up. Whatever stage your in, love the hobby, help others when your can, and enjoy the fellowship. Let's face it, some don't understand, but they don't know what their missing.

Peace out!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A dream

Last night I dreamt about fans... I think that is a first. There is a factory here in Sikeston that closed down not long ago, Essex wire. I dreamt that they had an auction to get rid of junk, and I was there looking for fans, but could only find late model junk. Then, all of a sudden, I am in an old house, I believe that the owners were elderly and had passed away. Their children were selling things. I for some reason had given up on what they were displaying and was snooping around and found a really nice 6 blade Emerson in a back closet. Oh the rest is too horrible to tell, so I will spare you.

Anyway, I think I am getting out of control. My wife seems to think that I have an obsessive nature. I do talk a lot about fans. I did start a blog about them. Maybe it's time to find that little bit of self control that I have stashed away and utilize it. Just for a little while anyway.

For now, I will keep fanning the blog, or blogging the fans... Later ya'll,

Crazy Larry

Monday, September 19, 2005

Emerson 77646 AS

Ahhh... My good old Emerson. Not that collectible, but still very special to me. This was the first fan in my official collection. I got it from my mother when she owned an antique store in Oak Grove, AR. (just north of Paragould) I went in there all the time, because my girlfriend was the secretary. One day I was in there just milling around as usual, and I saw two Emersons. One was a 79648 and then there was this one. It just screamed, "take me home!". Well, they had it priced $27.50, but my mother who always encouraged my hobby, told me I could have it. As I recall my Stepfather, was real upset about that. He would ask from time to time, when I was going to pay him for that fan. Oh well, they're divorced now. Let's see, that was probably ten years ago now. I have lugged this thing from place to place over these years and never did anything with it. Well I started on it this weekend. I took it apart and realized that it is missing the shaft and worm gear for the oscillator. So I am looking for those. Also I am trying to figure out the proper paint to use on this fan. I know that it looks kind of brownish, but also a little metallic. I am open to any suggestions. This fan will mean a lot when it is finished. My girlfriend, mentioned before, is now my wife of nearly ten years. It was like I said a gift from my mother, and my late father worked at Emerson Electric all his life. So, I can construe my tie to this fan in many ways. Stay tuned my fan restoration fans for more info as we go.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Century Restore Completed

Well, I finally got it done. I have to admit, I was starting to worry. Anyway, it turned out fairly nice. I know things I wish I would have done differently, but they are minor. I utilized some of the new cord I bought here in town on this fan. I am pleased. This is the first time I used anything except black cord from Hudsons. I also used a repro plug that I bought from Lowes. I really like these plugs. The have that antique look, but have modern safety built in. JB Weld contributed to this fan's restoration. I learned to consider whether a fan is cast or steel. I will think long and hard before starting another restore of a cast fan. Oh yeah!!! That is my daughter giving the fan bunny ears. Isn't that funny...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Understanding Weirdness

Many people ask me, why fans... One of my daughter's friends even looked me in the eye and said, "that's retarded!" Okay the way I see it... Yes it is a little strange, but I did not choose this hobby, it chose me. When you are a child and you put down a toy to spin the blades on fan, or you're playing in a barn with friends and you're stopped in your tracks because you've discovered a dust covered fan. Then you know it is natural. I worked on two box fans that my Aunt Nellie gave me. I cleaned repainted and rewired them. I did this at age 10. I remember my Grandpa Hancock had a fan called a Mathes. It had a wooded box. I remember that even though I was eight when he died. My Aunt Callie had a GE Vortalex. I didn't know what they were called then, but I remember those blades ever so vividly. My Grandpa Toler would give me refrigeration fans and motors out of old soda boxes that had gone south. These were some of my most treasured toys. I am much older now and there is a group of folks called the AFCA (The American Fan Collectors Association). I didn't discover them until four or five years ago. These folks are for the most part good folks, I only know a few, and they have helped me learn things to enhance my love for the hobby. As I have grown, I have decided to embrace my fascination as a hobby. I have learned to relish the history behind them. I have met one other friend that shares the love as I do, and I cherish that friendship very dearly. If you’re reading this. Thanks for listening.

Friday, September 02, 2005

R&M 3804 6-blade

This is a particularly interesting story. I bought this fan off ebay from a fellow in MS. I had always wanted a 6 blade fan. I spotted this one and decided to go for it. It was already climbing in cost. I had done some computer work so I figured that I had some extra cash and thought it would be okay to go after it. We'll the final day to the bid came and I found myself at home during lunch hovering over my computer. I watched the battle for dominance increase and closing time neared. I became nervous, because I had determined that life simply would not continue if I were not victorious. So I ended up placeing a max bid of 100 dollars. I ended up with this fan for 88 plus shipping. To shorten the story somewhat... My wife was a little upset at the news that I had spent that much money on a fan. She doesn't understand, few do. The funny part is that when I got the fan the seller had improperly packaged the fan, and it was damaged. Parts were bent and I worried that it was irrepairable. I immediately contacted the seller and he told me to contact UPS. I did and they were very helpful. They ultimately refunded me the cost of the fan. I, after many hours, restored the fan to it's current condition. Excuse the poor photography, brass does not photograph well when flashed. I am going to load some photos of the resto process.
First, is the fan torn down and in rough paint coats. I have learned that for the best results, one must coat sand and recoat several times. It is a tough thing for an impatient person such as myself.
Second is a photo of the stator. I usually dread this part and I don't know why. Perhaps it is because it is so tedious. If you break those leads off, you are screwed, unless you can rewind stators... When you restore a stator, you first have to deagrease it and get the 100 years of dust and gunk out. I use an electrical degreaser that evaporates quickly and is expensive. It usually amounts to one can per stator. Once the stator dries the windings must be resealed. I use a red spray to seal them. I really like the contrast of red through the black vent holes of the motor housing (see finished photo). This fan turned out real nice. I still turn it on from time to time to watch it go.