Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Smiths fan motors. What happens when the Italians ask the British for help

As the restoration continues it was time to work on the Smiths fan motors that ventilate the cabin and feed air to the previously featured heater core assembly. The restoration of these items is an exercise in futility because their proper operation in no way allows for the adequate volume of air that is required to keep occupants properly ventilated. The Italians undoubtedly assumed that if anyone needs more air then they can just open the window and went on to use these most un-impressive English built fan units.

That said the fans are what they are and in wanting to keep the car original, we decided to restore what was there. As always a complete dis-assembly and restoration of each component was undertaken. All painted parts were powder coated and hardware was plated or replaced as necessary. Once assembled the motors were bench tested for 10-15 minutes each and then packed away awaiting final assembly.

Another part done and now on to the photos.


  1. FAN-tastic!! Where did you get the Smiths decal??

  2. Who rewound the rotor? The whole assembly looks great!

  3. Smiths decals were given to us from a local British car guy. I have been told that they are easily available in the British car circles.

    As for the motors, the rotors did not need re-winding. Everything you see is cosmetic as the mechanicals just got inspected, lubricated, and re-assembled.

  4. A source for Smiths fan motor labels. Note they claim to have several versions...not only what's pictured on their site.