In for Repair & Behemoth

I have gotten some more machines from the local antique shop to repair.  Up first is this Remington Noiseless 10 from 1941.

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We then have the oldest of the machines (and older then most typewriters). A 1904 Underwood 4. This machine has a crinkle finish on the paper table and front plate as it was rebuilt at some point.

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Next up is this wonderful little Corona 4 from 1929. I discovered that the front feed roller was missing! But thanks to a replacement part from Tom Furrier at Cambridge Typewriter I was able to get it working again.

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This 1973 Smith Corona Sterling did not need much work done to it.

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Some of my typewriters are leaving the collection, Here is a list so far.

1897 Remington 6

1930 LC Smith 8

1961 Olympia SG1

1979 Wards Escort 550

These are all going to their new owners at Herman’s.

A few days ago I decided to get a machine up and running that I have got at Herman’s last year. My 1941 International (IBM) Electromatic. This machine had a few problems. The biggest one is that it would not type. Most of the keys created no impression and some did not activate at all. This was solved by adjusting the little rubber driveshaft between the motor and the machine. Another major issue was the return clutch would get stuck in the on position, jamming the machine. I fixed this by pounding the knockout toggle link back into the correct position. The Backspace and Tab did not work as well either. The clevises for both mechanism had come undone in the back of the machine. The machine is now working fine.  It has a very strong impression.  Having a hard platen is no help.  Even on the weakest setting it is very powerful. It was rebuilt at some point in the 50s or 60s as it has grey paint and newer style grey knobs.

I call it Behemoth.

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How would you go about cleaning all the gunk out of the key legends? They are quite dirty and I would like to make them legible again.

 

 

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In for Repair & Behemoth

One thought on “In for Repair & Behemoth

  1. Bill M says:

    Those are some very nice typewriters.
    I have cleaned the key tops on several of mine that were filled with gunk. Very carefully. If I cannot clean them with soap and water or a cleaner and a soft tooth brush I carefully probe the dirt out with wooden toothpaste and at worst dental picks. Using dental picks takes some finesse as you do not want to probe with the tip and scratch, but the side of the tip. When they are too bad I just clean all the dirt out of them and clean them good with alcohol to get all the old paint off as I can. Then I use a lacquer stick and fill the lettering back in. It takes some practice if you have never used a lacquer stick.

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