The Electromatic gets a new paintjob


While happy with the IBM Electromatic after I got it running, there was just something that it missed. Then it dawned on me. The 1930s Streamline design was altered by the later grey paint and the incorrect grey platen knobs. The paint was dingy and chipped anyway so I decided a sprucing up was in order. So I did what any reasonable person would not do and I took it apart. I removed all removable panels and removed the carriage.  Then I went and masked off any parts that I did not want to paint and painted the main body of the machine. The result? I find it looking much better. The only thing is it still has the ugly gray platen knobs and 3 feet. I have sourced a set of feet and the knobs of of a parts machine along with the data plates from the side that are missing. Probably removed to “update” the machine. In the 1950s black paint and chrome were “old-fashioned looking” Grey or pastel colors and plastic, lots of plastic was the trend. I also plan to see about having the “International” and “Electromatic” decals made.

Here it is now.


In other news a parts Densmore 2 has arrived. A 1914 Remington 10 was given to me by my great-uncle. The parts I need are now here for the early no 2. The no 10 will clean up well although slowly as at some point it was coated in shellac that has removed all the shine from the paintwork.

The Electromatic gets a new paintjob

The “Big Thing” Yost No 4

The big thing finally arrived about a week or so ago.


Its a Yost No 4. My no 1 wish list machine. This photo was taken after just getting it out of the box. I have since cleaned it up more. Unfortunately it is missing some keytops and a the entire key stem and keylever for the 5 key along with the back panel. I am in the process of making these parts.

The “Big Thing” Yost No 4

Densmore update and other things.

I have gotten the Densmore finished from a mechanical standpoint.

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Its back together now and works well (after fiddling with the escapement)

Cosmetically there is some stuff left to be done. The main thing is decals although I am going to wait till the spring to do that as there is a spot on the back of the paper table where the black paint got messed up when drying. I also want to have the nickel plating redone at some point as well.


Remember this? This is the Densmore 2 I bought as a parts machine for the no 1. Turns out its pretty significant in its own right. The serial number is 1287. This is the 3rd oldest Densmore no 2 around and it most likely dates to 1892, the first year of production for the no 2. The shift key is also black. No other Densmore has a black shift key. I did take a few parts off of it were missing on the other one to complete it but other then that it is in rough but restorable condition. I was lucky enough to find a Densmore 1 through a few other collectors in rough shape with a carriage. It is a late model with the late carriage rail. I plan to make new rollers for the carriage. It will also provide the missing typeslug that this machine will need.


The Smith Premier 5 cleaned up well and works fine for the most part. Its the rarest machine in the collection, Oddly though is not the most valuable. that would more then likely be the Densmore 1.


I have not really done anything with the New Century. I am mostly waiting for the spring/summer so I can restore it. Full teardown and cleaning with a repaint likely.


The Smith Premier no 10 cleaned up well, just being really dusty. however it refused to type. it turned out that the pins the u bar pivots on were bent. I took them out of the parts sp10. Then it worked but it felt very sluggish. I ended up having to cut a new hole in the mainspring to allow it to tension up.

Some machines went to new owners at Herman’s

I was able to send some parts from the parts SP2 to some fellow collectors.

There are soon to be some new acquisitions in the collection. my friend Ian Brumfield has been busy dragging rare Royal electric standards out of what has been called “The Hoard” In that house full of typewriters there is a LC Smith 5 missing a carriage that I will be getting for parts for mine as mine has a crack in the carriage support. I also saw a LC Smith Silent standard in one of the photos and plan to get that too.

However the big thing that I am working towards getting is something that I have wanted for awhile. Its old and has a unusual type mechanism.

Densmore update and other things.

Densmore Reassembly

I have gotten the frame back from the blaster.


I then painted the frame with several coats of primer and then painted it with a gloss lacquer.


I then reassembled some of the typewriter. Some of the nickeled parts I swapped with the Densmore no 2 that I have. The nickel on that machine was better then the nickel on this one.


I also derusted the carriage parts with Evaporust. They look better but not as good as having new nickel. A fellow collector should be doing it for me.


Densmore Reassembly

Densmore part 2

We left off with this



Remove the setscrew from this hole. Pull the crank off.


Unscrew the shaft from inside the hole where the winder went.


Remove shaft and ribbon spool. Repeat for other side.


Undo the big screw below the shift lock on the ribbon reverse rod.



Undo the setscrew on the knob mounted to the ribbon reverse rod. Pull the knob off. Take the screw holding the triangle shaped piece off too. Remove the triangle piece.


You can now remove the rod.


Loosen the nut then remove both nut and screw.


Remove the ribbon oscillator.


Hold on to the rectangular nut and remove the screw holding the escapement link to the U bar.


Remove the small setscrew mounted to the escapement pivot point. Disconnect the spring from the escapement.


Loosen this screw. and slide the escapement adjuster over to the right.Pull the escapement out.


On the vertical part with 2 holes is 3 parts held in by a big screw. Remove the big screw and both parts. Sorry but I forgot to take a picture of this part.


This part comes off first


then these 2 parts. The small screw holds them together.


Remove this part and if you have not already the spring that it connects too. It mounts here


Next unmount the rear carriage bearing beside it.


Take off the mainspring ratchet release.




Take out the screw on either side of the pivot point of the U bar.


Remove the U bar.


Take out this screw. It connects to the line lock (I think thats what it is) I think there is also a screw on the other side.

IMG_0753Unscrew the setscrew on the nut on both sides holding in the keylever comb. Then undo the screws from the bottom. You should be able to remove the keylever comb.


Take out the bigger screw. Its for the key comb. (you can also remove the other screw but mine is frozen in place)


These are the parts that need removed.


You should now be able to remove the key comb.


At this point you can finally remove the line lock key. (some machines do not have a lock key).


Remove the ribbon advance levers from both sides.


Remove the screw holding in this spring. It goes here.



Undo this nut on the shift lock.


Pull out the shift lock form the other side. Warning there is a spring inside the shift lock mechanism.


Here is how it goes.


At this point you can now remove all the typebars and the alignment plate. You are then done. The top deck can come off too but the screws are rusted solid on mine. Right now most of the parts I removed are soaking in Evaporust in preparation for plating or paint.

I plan to have the frame bead blasted at some point. I may have to wait for warm weather first though. Then I can paint the frame.

Densmore part 2