Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Charlie Brown said it best...

ARGGGHHH!!!!! I knew I shouldn't have started this crazy fan. It has been nothing but trouble. I am just gonna leave it alone for the time being.

Anyway. I have never had this much difficulty wiring a fan. I have sought help from several experts and I am thankful for all their advice and encouragement. I have tested everything I can think of as well as I know how. Yet the darned thing still wont start without a spin. Ironically this is the best painting I have ever done.

I got a personal invitation to an AFCA event the other day and I want to go so bad. I know if I take this cursed beast, they'll lay holy hands of fan restoration talent upon it and shed some educational light on my very frustrated mind. Again the irony, I want to go, but my family has other plans for me. God forbid I get to do something without a guilt-trip for once.

I know what you're thinking, quit whining and be patient. Good advice! I thinks that's what I will do.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Goodbye Junior

Most of my friends know that I am a fan nut, so last week one of my friends at work brought me a newspaper clipping advertising an estate auction. The estate belonged to one Charles (Junior) Dinkens. The ad said Lots of Fans. Yes!!! I made plans with another friend to attend. So Saturday, my friend and I headed to a rural area about 50 minutes from Sikeston to attend this estate auction. We arrived around 10 minutes before the auctions started. I set out to find the fans. I combed through trailers of junk, tables of glass figurines, and piles of junky furniture before I saw them, I whole stack of box fans. I ran over and saw probably 5 plastic bladed box fans. There was a metal bladed 20 box fan made by Kenmore and a larger metal bladed Superelectric window fan. I was interested in the two of these fans. We got our number from the clerk and patiently waited for the auction to begin. Then an overweight man in a cowboy hat grabbed the mic and proceeded to rock the place. It became apparent that these folks were in no hurry. We stayed for over an hour waiting, and my friend bought several items that caught his eye. I however was tired of standing there smelling mold and breathing the secondhand smoke from everyone. We left fanless, which is okay, I chalk it up to an experience and my respects to Mr Junior Dinkens.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Online Collection Updated

After a bout with my own stupid mind, I figured out what I was doing wrong. I was uploading my files to a subfolder instead of the root/index. Duh... Anyway, I have finished updating my collection online. Please feel free to browse and comment via email or comments under this article on the blog. Registration is not necessary. I utilized a few new options on the web editing software to make the info pop up win you mouse over a thumbnail. I have a couple more fans not posted on there. It doesn't look like much when their all together like that. Yikes, I just realized my crown jewel isn't even on there. I will have to get right to that. Again, let me know what you think. Next on my agenda is a section to view old ads and info. If you have any suggestions for this site let me know. I am thinking about adding a schedule for topic discussion where different resto pros could host question and answer sessions. Let me know if that interests you. Use the comments below for suggestions.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A New Fan Friend

I sat down to eat my supper last evening and the phone began to ring. My wife answers as always, its usually for her anyway, on the other end was one of my good friends who is a general contractor and goes to church where I do. I heard little bits of the conversation over the television and deduced that we would soon have a visitor, not knowing yet who it was. My wife got off the phone and said, "Cole is coming by. He has something to show you." I knew it must be fans, but I didn't want to sound like a nut so I played ignorant.
A few minutes later, just as expected he pulls in our driveway. He comes to the door and my wife goes to greet him, inviting him in. He makes his way into the living room, and says, "come on outside." I eagerly jump to my feet desiring to know what type of fan he has. Once out at his truck he displays a Sear & Roebuck fan and an Emerson 6250 D. He tells me that some old fella he was doing some work for gave them to him and told him they did not work. We talked about them for a little bit and he asked me what I thought they were worth, and I explained my philosophy on the value of fans all the way from ebay to your personal attachment. He made clear his intention of keeping them.
To conclude, I am thrilled that he has a total of three fans now, and seems genuinely enthused with them. Welcome to the hobby my friend. I look forward to many conversations that we can have regarding it.

Monday, October 03, 2005


I finally got the correct parts fan on the way. The 646 resto's completion is in sight. I must however mention my unexpected appreciation of the 79648 AP-G. My daughter and I worked on it this weekend and cleaned it up and refelted the base. We cleaned some of the rust off the cage using SOS pads, and although it could use some more work, it really is a wonderful fan. I ran it last night and it operates with precision and force. I really like the black wrinkle finish too. I think I will have to post a picture of it later.