by Valentino Bergamo

(Article Originally Submitted to in 2006) 

As an electronics engineer and an old radio repair/collector one of my dreams (thanks God we have a lot of this) was to have an antique wind charger. I knew it would be very difficult to bring such item to my country specially due to packing/transportation costs and the agreement of a north american vendor to have it shipped to Brazil.

One day I could not believe what I was seeing. Right in front of me an old disassembled 6 volts wincharger! I was in Itu, a city closed to where I ive, in the state of Sao Paulo. The owner of the antique store said it was complete  except for the propeller. In reality there was a piece of the propeller. Parts were very rusty although they had been sand blasted some time ago.

I began removing the rust. I spent many hours doing this task. I did not want to have it sand blasted again. After that, parts received a coating of a "rust remover" and after drying, several coats of primer paint and finally black paint. I could see shiny parts. I was very proud of that. Tail letters were done by a lettering man with the aid of a computer.

Now it was time to assemble the charger but I had no reference. What to do? Use my best judgment and/or go to the Internet? By clicking "wincharger"on Google I found out a beautiful site Now I had an excellent reference!I assembled the charger, with exception of its front part because there was no propeller as can be seen in the photo below.

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I requested two quotes from experts to make the propeller. As prices were high and I did not feel confident on the final result I took a decision. I will make my own propeller. Using photos from the wincharger site, the piece I had, with the help of Gus Stangeland and Terry Bryant, who sent me a drawing with a couple of the propeller dimensions and a drilling machine equiped with a sanding fixture I started my adventure: for the first time try to make a propeller. It took me four hours to make it and an additional hour to finish it by sanding and apply varnish. Oh! I liked what I did! I went back to printed one the propellers photos done by Gus from where I cut and glued the oval logo of the propeller. It looks like an original propeller! 

Finally I checked its operation. Great! It works! Next I purchased an instrument panel from Gus.  The photo below shows the finished wincharger and my grandson.  

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Now guess where will this charger be placed? It will be kept inside my house as a decorative piece.