Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Friends and Fans

Today was just like any other day in regards to normal activities. I took the kids to school then took myself to work. As usual, I thought about fans as I worked. I reviewed eBay during lunch... I longed to come home.

I had to come home early today to meet with our heat and air guy. He had installed a monitor in our home to measure particulates. Not good news there.

My daughter's ninth birthday is coming up so mom and her were delivering party invitations. Just so happens one of my friend's daughter is friends with my daughter so there were stopping by his house.

After the HVAC guy and I were well into our meeting the other half of my family returned home. My daughter came in and announced that Mr. Chris (my friend) had given me a fan. I whirled around in my seat to see what the fan in the above picture. I called to thank him for this generous gift. One reason I consider this fan so special in my collection is that this fan belonged to Chris' Grandfather (Paul Eakins). I know how much Chris' Grandfather meant to him...

Mr Eakins was known for his collection of band-organs in Sikeston. He had one of the largest collection if not the largest collection ever know to exist in one place. Later in life he sold most of his collection to Disney.

As you can tell it is a GE. More specifically it is an F126047, Form-AE2, Type-AOU Spec.-272148-1, Cat. 75423. It is a 3 speed 16inch. Great running fan.

I just wanted to share it.


Monday, March 26, 2007

This Lumber Jack Is Hungry For A Pancake

For the longest time I have been pinning away for a GE Pancake. I am not sure if I even care what kind. Trunion, stick mount, etc...

Then the other day it occurred to me to post a WTB add. Duh, I am a little slow.

Anyway this is it. If you have a Pancake you want to sell let me see them.

email me at: lhcompserv@charter.net or larryh@stewardsteel.com (work).



Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Little Eskimo

Just the other day. I was surfing the Northwinds and I noticed this little jewel amongst the overpriced brass. Somehow it ended up on my watched list. The morning of the bid close I just happened to make my morning review. So I put a reminder in my Microsoft Outlook to aide my feeble mind.

Later that day we were called into a sales meeting. Just about twenty minutes before the auction was to end. Doh! We went through our normal stuff and then, the man got a call. Seeing that it would not end soon, I excused myself for a moment and ran down the hall to my office. Jumping on I saw I had six minutes. I thought to myself, self do you really want this fan? Okay lets do the minimum bid test. If it flies it flies. I threw my bid in and ran back to the meeting.

Time seemed to drag as we slowly concluded our proceedings. I couldn't help but wonder if the little eskimo would be changing climates. After returning to my office, I jumped on my email and saw the email that told me I had scored. I hurriedly filled out the paypal info and closed the Internet Explorer.

Fast Forward....Yesterday (Monday) the fan came in. True to Eskimo fashion, froze up! The cord was badly broken. Cage on upside down. I swear some folks cannot see or something. I got to the Fan Cave late that night after a quick trip to Lowe's to acquire some heat shrink and a new switch. I took a couple before shots. Then I cut the old wiring out and removed the old switch. I removed the cage and grabbed my ruler and adjusted the blades.

After the new wire switch and oil, the little eskimo came to life strong.

I am starting to pride myself in finding those little inexpensive but neat fans. It can be done. You don't have to be rich or stupid to be a fan collector.

Later Y'all,

Promised Photos...

Here are the pics I promised from my unexpectedly perky Saturday. First the 73648:

Next a Junior 2560-C:

Now I know I am the greatest photographer in the world and I don't have a great camera, but you get the idea. I have read the articles in the Fan Collector and am working on getting my "three dollar shade".

The 73648 needed the blades adjusted to resolve some wobble. It also needed the cage straightened a bit and the struts needed tightening.

The Junior needed blades adjusted some too. Also missing the oscillator screw. Then there was the matter of the missing power cord. Little oil and Abra Cadabra!!!

Lets face it, the hobby would be no fun if they were already perfect. Thanks Jer.


Saturday, March 03, 2007

A Day Unexpected

We'll let me tell you about today. Saturday morning... so naturally I am trying to sleep in. My wife had already informed me that she and her mother were going shopping, so I did not expect the day to be very eventful. Besides the fact that I had fan hunting fever so bad because I had just read the most recent issue of fan collector where Darryl and Dick were both showing off their latest jewels...

So I finally roll out of bed around 8:30, I wonder into the kitchen , warm a doughnut, and grab a Dr. Pepper from the fridge. Next, To the recliner! Remote in hand I surf the channel guide to find that King Kong was just coming on one of our movie channels. (1st unexpected perk)

Then during King Kong, my friend calls. He is telling me that his new boss has this computer that he wants to see if I can help with. (This is the same friend that you've read about that works in the antique store.) He goes on to tell me about how this guy brought in 3 fans for sale and he thinks one is a junior... This gets my attention and I'm thinking I may have to make a trip to check these babies out. He asks if I want him to bring the computer over and I say yeah since I have the kids and all.

He brings the "puter" over and I work on it for a few hours. When I see that the solution is close at hand, he mentions that he might take care of getting that junior for me since I had been so kind. (2nd unexpected perk)

Then he asks if I have any old monitors and I say yeah and show him this great old 17 inch CRT that was in my basement closet. He likes it so I mention something about a trade for another of the fans... He smirks and agrees. (3rd not-so-unexpected perk)

He is going to work tomorrow and will bring the fan or fans back to me. I am a big fan of anticipation and especially fan related anticipation... I will post photos when they arrived. Today turned out to be a great day after all.

Later Yall