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.


6 comments:

Silly Moose said...

Fans....geez...

Larry Hancock said...

Who is silly moose?

Silly Moose said...

hehe, who does you think Larry.

Sad no LAN.

Larry Hancock said...

Ah, Larry figured. Yeah, but then I get to see wiggles and maybe hunt for more fans.

rcoffman said...

Larry how far back on the stator should i remove the old wire before replacing it with new leads?
By looking at your picture of this stator you went all the way back to the winding, do I have to go this far?? RLC

Larry Hancock said...

No I left about 3/4 to 1 inch if I remember. You should be fine if you solder well.