Restoration just completed on this beautiful Emerson French Gray Type 71666, 12 inch, 3-speed fan. According to records I could find, these Type 71666 fans were first introduced by Emerson in 1923 and were produced through the year of 1934. Around 1929, Emerson offered these fans in a French Gray color to be more eye pleasing for use in homes, hospitals and dental offices. The 6 bladed fans were produced for quiet residential use enabling strong air movement using a more efficient motor to run at slower motor RPM. As I have not yet seen over recent years, any of these fans being restored in this color, I decided to go ahead and restore this original one, in it’s original color. I acquired the paint by taking parts from this fan to my local auto paint store to match the color on parts from this fan that I had rubbed out. This fan had some parts with paint of true color remaining to reproduce the color. After completing this fan and comparing it to the color of another unrestored one that I have, I feel my paint color is a perfect match! This fan has been totally disassembled with originally painted parts sandblasted clean, filed and sanded of any casting flaws or nicks. Any remaining blemishes and nicks filled, sanded, and primed with two-part, metal etching automotive primer and finish sanded. Finally top coated with 2 coats of two part automotive urethane enamel (spray gun applied) in French Gray color. The nameplate and badge are beautifully restored, with repainted backgrounds, clear-coated and preserved to exhibit extreme clarity. All of the brass parts, which include the badge, , oscillating link, acorn nuts and screws, have been highly polished and clear-coated. The Parker brass blades on this fan are unmolested, not having the need to remove any of the original rivets to straighten or replace blades. As with other parts of this fan, these blades were sanded down, primed, rubbed out and painted with 2 coats of the same paint. They run as true and smooth as they came from the Parker factory! The switch contacts have all been cleaned and adjusted for smooth operation. New old style twisted cloth wire has been installed from the new plug to switch with new cloth covered 3-conductor wire going from the switch to the stator which was soldered and heat shrunk. The insulation on the windings, after careful inspection, was determined too be in excellent condition but, I did decide to coat them with liquid insulation for safe measure. The oil passages, which lubricate the rotor, have been cleaned to enable positive lubrication by simply oiling through the rear oil cup. The gearbox has also been disassembled, purged and totally cleaned of all of the old grease, gears cleaned and aligned. Then the gearbox was packed with Lubriplate grease. Finally, tan wool-blend felt, is tightly and evenly stretched on the base to prevent table or counter top surfaces from damage. This fan stands 18 inches tall, is 9 inches front to back. It has a 13-inch cage inch and has an 8-inch diameter base. Although I use the highest quality materials, best wiring practices and care, I cannot be responsible for the safety of these fans, which is inherent in their early design and open guarding. Thank you for reviewing my listing and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about this fan. The item “Emerson 71666 Antique Fan FRENCH GRAY Restored LOOK” is in sale since Saturday, March 26, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Electric Fans”. The seller is “roadrunner642″ and is located in Saint Peters, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States