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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



In for Repair & Behemoth

Frankenstein’s Typewriter

Remember the 1934 L.C Smith 8 i purchased about a year ago?


I have a 1938 L.C Smith super speed saved from a keychopper scrap pile with a 5 pitch typeface. I decided to take the typebasket from the super speed and put it on the model 8. I took the top deck off both machines, then removed both typebaskets as well as the starwheel from the super speed. I then put the super speed starwheel, typebasket and backspace stop on the model 8. This worked except for one problem. The 4 typed the d and the d typed the 4! This is because on the super speed levers are bent a different way to accommodate the spacebar. I then took out both the 4 and d typears and swapped them around to fix this problem. I now have a fully functional 6-pitch typewriter. Its sure to make a big impression.

Frankenstein’s Typewriter

1956 General Electric Portable Television

I have many hobbies. One of these is vintage vacuum tube based electronics. Last weekend I completed the restoration of this television.


It is a General Electric model 14T009. Originally it was red and white but the top was very rusty so I repainted it over the weekend to the turquoise you see here. I restored the electronics inside last year. Restoration of the electronics involved replacing all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors plus a surprisingly large amount of  bad tubes. Whenever you see a unrestored piece of electronics from the mid 60s or earlier 95% of all problems are caused by bad capacitors (starting in the mid 60s they started to transition to polypropylene film capacitors which rarely go bad like the paper ones). Once restored old TV’s are pretty reliable. Its a lot of fun to watch old TV shows on a old TV!

1956 General Electric Portable Television

L.C. Smith 5

Remember this?


Well I finally got it.  According to the TWDB serial number database it is a 1912 machine and a early one at that. However it was disappointing to see a large chunk taken out of the platen. So for the first time ever I sent the platen out to be recovered. While it was away I borrowed the platen from my 1930 #8 to test it.


Here it is cleaned up a bit along with the new platen. It types well with the new platen. It, unlike all the other LC Smiths does not need at least 2 sheets of paper.

I also have been working on another non-typewriter project recently. It will get its own post when its finished.

L.C. Smith 5

In For Repair

I have been contacted by a local shop to repair some of their typewriters.

Up first is this 1936 Royal O SN#526027


It needed a few repairs, namely a busted drawband and a disconnected ribbon vibrator.

1947 Smith-Corona Sterling SN# 4A227733


This one also needed repairs. Backspace pawl jammed up above backspace stop.

The final one in the trio 1926 Underwood 5 SN# 2135205-5


The Underwood needed a repair I have never seen before. Paper would not feed. So I check the feed rollers. They are fine. I am sitting here stumped when I realize that the paper table is bent inwards towards the platen thus preventing the paper from feeding into the platen.

In For Repair