Tuesday, January 24, 2006

77646 AS

Well it is finished. I cannot tell you how happy I am. Some of you can relate I am sure. Let's recap. I used parts from two 646's and one 648 to accomplish this feat. Thanks to Bill Arfmann for the good stator. Thanks to Duane Burright who offered encouragement while we simultaneously tackled 646's. To John Fengel for encouragement with photos of fine work of his own. If I misspelled names guys I apologize, it is late as I type.

Technical info. As I thought about what kind of wiring to use, I decided I wanted cloth naturally and braided. I took some yellow and green braided wire I had and dyed it. I took shorter lengths and braided my own three wire headwire. I was pleased. I put a new capacitor from mouser.com, thanks for the lead and all the electrical advice Johnny Mac.

I struggled sometime with ideas for the color-scheme. John F provided lots of ideas as I mentioned earlier, he is a creative person. After talking with Duane a couple times on the phone, I decided to go black on the cage and blades. I painted to bolt heads all black and used black felt on the bottom. The handle is also black. The wiring all hand dyed as mentioned earlier. I Polished the badge and top plate and left them original as a reminder. The rest of the fan is painted using Dupli-Color Wheel coating to give it that metallic look then coated with clear lacquer. I am very pleased. I am going to replace the plug you see in this photo. It was all I had at the time. Thanks for the help everyone. This fan means a lot to me.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Saga of the 646

The paint is done and more than well cured. I tried using the original stator/field coil but it just would not work. Something is just wrong... So I sprung for a replacement. Now I am itching to finish. Come on USPS do your stuff. Thank you Bill for your patience. I hope this does the trick.

I am going to post some photos of the varying states of disarray this fan has endured. Keep in mind that I am farther along than this now but I want to give you some background before the unveiling.

In the first photo I show the motor tag that my daughter tried to polish for me. You can see she did the best a 7 year old could do. Photo 2 shows a few misc parts that laid out ready for cleaning and some paint. I had purchased a 16 inch 648 for parts but I didn't know then I needed a new field coil. Photo 3 is a shot of the base before cleaning. Finally photo 4 is a picture of that problematic field coil. Sasafrassen....stupid.... dumb.... thingy.

Anyway this is just an update to let you know what is going on in my fan world. I am starting to think about which of my fans to start next.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Joining AFCA

I finally did something that I never thought I could. I broke down and joined the AFCA Antique Fan Collectors Association... We had a good year at work this year and we were awarded a bonus. I consulted with wife over the cost of joining the AFCA, and she lovingly said, "Go ahead, You deserve it." I could have just kissed her mouth for that. I have my dues on their way and am looking forward to reading The Fancollector. As well as the fellowship. Oh just the idea of talking with folks about fans without them thinking you are crazy.

Bit of old news. My brother in law bought me an old Westinghouse fan for Christmas. I was sooo moved by the gift. Thanks so much Chadd.

I haven't posted for awhile, but that is okay cause no one reads it anyway. So if someone is reading this post, don't be offended, I really appreciate it. Feel free to leave comments...