In our July 4th celebration yesterday (I know it was the 5th, but our family is special like that) I took a tour of the old shed of my grandparents and came across the hunter green and white metal box fan that been in that household since I was a wee little lad. (paint job not original) I'd loved that old fella since I first saw it and I guess you could say made a promise to myself to get it later on. Luckily my grandmother just said "If you wanna take that and work on it, you're welcome to it! Its just been sitting there." So now it sits in the shop just waiting for the Mr. T touch. I first want to know before I go in depth with tearing it apart, are replacement motors and or bearings easy to come by with these things? It runs like a champ but there appears to be an area of the shaft it makes a rather unholy grinding or almost a light rattle. Low is just fine, but high makes it quite noticeable. If you tip the fan forward a bit its gone...tip it back its louder and back further its gone. I plan on cracking the motor open anyway for cleaning and oiling, but as a JUST IN CASE, I was wondering about how replaceable parts are with these old guys. Please bear in mind I'm much more of a desk fan and slightly ceiling fan guy, so be easy on me I plan on getting this looking spectacular and giving it another shot, so any help is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks and I hope you all had a great 4th! (whenever you celebrate it...lol)
No maker at all on the beast. Nothing on the motor at all. It is a two speed high to low with 3 blades. I know that really helps. lol I'll try to get pics asap and I'll tear the motor down tonite to see whats goin on.
Gonna get the supplies tonite i think. I'll give the motor a cleaning and lube and see what happens. Worst case scenario I've got Brocaw Bearing or Cawveys just next door. Glad to finally have an idea what kind of fan I'm dealing with. I've wanted this ever since I can remember, so even if its not necessarily rare its got a lot of sentimental value to me. I'll give it the touch and give it some feet finally after its last poor foot fell off....wish me luck!!!
Think mine is an eskimo seeing as the green that once covered that fan now reveals a turquise blue. Motor shell is almost stripped completely as well as the box housing itself. Gotta knock that rust off but the pitted bottom corners might add character....Battle scars..hah. Just got back from my brothers commissioning in Fort Lewis so I doubt I'll get anything done tonight. After getting up at 3 in the morning....flight at 6:40..4 hours long...then we're in memphis..one more hour. Then another hours flight which wasn't the smoothest landing due to a lovely storm that set in. Pilot had to circle around for another pass since the first felt like we were gonna be shaken from the skies. Then a 4 hour drive from St. Louis Its been a day guys. Box fan shall continue.....Tomorrow!!!!
Well, got the motor all repainted, cleaned, lubed, etc. and the bearing noise persists. Motor shop told me to pitch it...Go figure.. They offered me a hell of a deal on a single speed motor which you could manually oil when needed....but it was $58.71. Hah! I'll figure out something I guess, but for now its at a halt. Any ideas appreciated. I'd like to do ball bearings if possible but if its not hard I'll try and press in another set of sleeves.
maybe ebay has spare box fan motor? i don't know,just a thought..
unless you find another same/similar metal bladed type vintage box fan(like in garage/estate/yard sales and/or somebody's curb) that has a working motor(only issue is like broken blade(s) & you get that motor to put it in that box fan you working on & booyah!! it will be good as new box fan..