Actually, this fan has three colors in its theme. The beige is the body and the mocha color is the motor and brackets. The other color is a light cream for the mesh cage front and back.
Fully extends to almost 4' 5" and its minumum height is 3' 2". The original wheels were rubber and plastic, but the plastic has been replaced with cast metal rims.
The fan also tilts 45 degrees up or down.
The motor has been rebuilt and each wire has been labeled. It is believed Westinghouse used this motor configuration for its box fans too. Cannot be sure, but it seems this motor only came with two long screws to hold the motor housing together. The brackets have 2 rubber washers where each screw goes in. The ones on here now are new since the old ones were of little use. Helps dampen any vibrations from the motor.
The blade is made from a composite material made by the Micarta corporation. They are still in business as of the year 2019. The blade was painted at the factory and is actually a smooth black undertneath.
Original label found on the left motor bracket.
It is believed this is the front label that originally came with the fan. The one pictured here is from someone else's fan.
The front and back of the stator has been reinsulated. The bracket seen here can be removed, but the crimp connectors make it a little difficult to do so.
The motor is a sealed bearing reservoir type and over time the internal wicks become delapitated. The one seen here looks like an old tea bag. It has been replaced with layers of felt cut in such a way as to stay snug around the sleeve bearing. You have to knock off the reservior caps in order to get to the bearings. Afterwards, glueing them in place will keep oil from seeping. Each reservior appears to hold almost an ounce of oil. The openings to the motor housing have a small lip that needed wicking material to keep oil from flinging onto the stator and the front exterior. Felt was used on the front side while part of a pipe cleaner was used on the back side. Each was impregnated with heavy grease to keep oil inside the resevior. There is a spring loaded clip which has been bent a little in order to push the heavy washer over the reservior opening and in the front a nylon washer to do the same. There is only a 1/16 of an inch play.
This is a microsope magnification of the bearing suface. It is very porous. It appears that the bearings are not made from a continuous piece of metal, but rather tiny pieces of metal pressurized and melted together to form the bearing. The bearings are spring loaded and self aligning.
The cord is a 16 gauge 2 conductor type and is 15'6" long. The plug is modern rubberized type and has polished blades.
Westinghouse Mobilaire AM40-1 Electric Fan, 17" blade, mocha and beige finish, Circa 1964
A collection of images from a reconditioned vintage electric fan. A two speed three wing stationary fan that runs quietly on both speeds and pushes a lot of air.
The 1960's is the beginning of the end for quality electric fans and the one picture here shows signs of planned obsolescence.
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Valued in the range of $150 - $225.