A rare, restored and complete fan from an unusual maker of electric fans. General Motors is more commonly known for its automotive manufacturing, yet they somehow managed to make appliances for the home and office.
Beautiful aluminum cage which polishes to a high luster. A fine contrast against the black wrinkle paint finish. Have only seen 4 or 5 of these since the year 2004. A really fine unknown gem.
The angle of the photograph makes the center cone look crooked. This is not really the case. Notice the rivets on the blade have not been painted, but rather clear coated with enamel. That includes the backside too.
Original eBay purchase in good shape. Appears to have been well taken care of over the years.
Originally painted brown. Rather ugly... really!
Have never seen what the original cord looks like. Would assume it was a brown thick round cloth covered cord. This one is a more modern 16 gauge one with a reproduction vintage type plug. Overkill for this type of appliance, but was done so the the electric cord would fit tightly into the rubber grommets going into the housing.
The cage does not have any repairs and the welds appear to be quite strong.
The tilt mechanism key has a very thick chrome plated finish.
The original wrinkle paint was smoother than most and not very thick.
Restored top front view.
The oscillator knob on the back of the housing is part aluminum and part chrome plating. Very odd.
The electrical grommets that go into the base and motor housing are rubber, but the originals were made of a hard plastic.
Every one of these I've seen has the back of the motor housing cone crushed in. This one was no exception, but was able to hammer it out without breaking anything.
The original eBay photos clearly show that the rear motor housing cone was not crushed in, but that's not how it showed up. The cord was in poor shape and may have been the original. It's hard to say for sure.
The set screw for the blade shaft is original to the fan.
The blade center cone is also wrinkle painted. The back side of the cone is painted with semi-gloss black enamel. The tabs for the cone were gently bent a little for removal and placed back well enough as to not rattle when in use.
Wrinkle paint is rather difficult to make look nice. It goes on very thick for three coats and takes a long time to dry.
Restored body without cage left view. There are 2 tiny screws that hold on the motor housing to the motor. These are often missing and very hard to replace.
Restored body without cage right view.
Restored body without cage back view.
Restored body without cage top view. The oscillator knob is showing reflection from an orange light source.
Restored label and plug view. Nothing done to label beyond gentle cleaning and is in excellent condition, but it wasn't always that way.
Original eBay purchase label. Took a while to gently clean the label without losing any original paint.
The label is in excellent shape now, but the switch wasn't and had to be replaced with one that looks close to the original. Some minor modification made so that it would fit nicely.
Restored bottom plate view. The 2 nickel plated screws have been clear coated. The rubber grommets are original and in good shape but needed some rubber conditioner and a little glue since they were starting to separate from the plate.
The speed regulating coil has been reinsulated along with its cloth covered leads. It did not look so good during disassembly.
The coil sits on top of the motor run capacitor. Both test well with no sign of any leakage from the oil filled capacitor.
It is nice to have labels on the wires. Goes well with the electrical diagram that goes with this fan.
The rotor that has been cleaned and polished. The original old spacers have been replaced with new ones. The stator windings have been reinsulated to extend the lifetime of the motor.
A copy of the original brochure for the 12" version of this fan.
Brochure page 2.
General Motors Delco Deluxe 16" Aluminum Blade Electric Fan, Model 9060, Circa 1941
A collection of images from a restored World War II era electric fan which was made around 1941. A three speed oscillator with graceful flowing lines and wide overlapping blades. Has an incredible looking cage and beautiful black wrinkle finish with a lot of sparkle and highly unusual for a antique fan. Very quiet and has a motor run capacitor that pushes a lot of air on the highest setting and is gentle on the lowest.
The flash from the camera makes the unit look less smooth and polished than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled. Shrinking the browser window will shrink its contents possibly making it easier to view the gallery.
Valued in the range of $275 - $450.