I bought an old rusty electric heater at a flea market because I liked its vintage style. The blower motor was frozen and the heating coils and wiring looked dangerous, but the cabinet was sound, although it had a lot of surface rust inside and out. This instructable walks through the steps I took resurrecting this old heater.
Step 1: How It All Began
I forgot to take a photo of the heater before I began, but from the disassembled cabinet you can see the condition this old heater was in. The cabinet parts are shown in the first photo, and the heating element/blower assembly in the 2nd photo. There was a lot of internal and external rust on the cabinet panels, the fan motor was frozen, and the wiring was old and falling apart. Plus, since these old heaters were made with no safety systems I really didn't want to try and repair the parts that made heat.