Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Typecast For The Sake of Typecasting

Sent from my 1940 Underwood Master
If I've not been too boring I may decide to do more typecasts only. I could add onto the end an image of the typewriter used as I have images of most of them on the blog already.

My contribution to keeping the Typosphere alive.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Type-In VI In June, and a Visitor From Hell

The Signature 513 was made in 1964

Type-In Sponsor

Paul, our host, and his son.

Paul's Aztec. This is one fantastic typewriter.


German on the left and Spanish on the ringht.



Hallway filled with typewriters.




A few hours into the the event, Mrs. M and I decided to have a coffee.

In honor of Joe Van Cleave (who often posts of lattes and his enjoyment of them) I decided to have a latte.  We both had a apricot pastry.  Those where so delicious I could have eaten a dozen, but I chose not to.  I did have a second one for desert though (and another latte)

On our return Mrs. M found a book she liked.





Being in Michigan we even had a visitor from Hell.

Signature 513 (JP-3) on the left facing off with the SM-9 on the right.  Somehow the JP-3 drew the most test typists.  I don't blame them. I think the Olympias are inferior to a lot of the others even this JP-3.  I should have taken the SM-8. It may have given the JP-3 a better competition as it is a really good typer, especially for an Olympia.

For all the Steampunk people ... A bit of Steampunk from one of the shops in the hall.
Overall the Type-In was a nice success. Paul did a great job of getting things organized, keeping up with the visitors, demonstrating typewriters, answering questions and being a tour guide to show Mrs. M & I the coffee shop.

The type-In location is in the old Northern Michigan Asylum first built in 1885 and added to in years since. I don't recall when in was closed and later converted to condominiums and shops.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Borescope tor Typewriter Repair


Complete borescope.  The imaging and interface module and fiber.  This is the short fiber and plenty long for a typewriter. I think the communication range between the unit and phone is 10 feet.

This is the fiber.  It is semi rigid and about 0.200" O.D.
Mirror is on the left.  Hook in the middle. Magnetic tip on the right.

The next 3 images were rotated to show the linkage as it would be viewed from looking into the typewriter under the carriage from the right end of the carriage.
No other editing was done to these or the remaining images from the borescope.  They are sized to fit the blog format. Clicking on them will open them to the size saved on the phone.

This is the carriage release link

This is the link activated by the carriage release button

This is the link activated by the TAB button. It looked impossible to adjust this screw without removing the carriage.  It is not visible from behind the machine.  Adjustment seemed fine though as the carriage rack did not drag on the escapement gear when tabbed and the carriage pushed.

This is one of the arms of the centrifugal weights for the tab clutch.

This view is only possible with the borescope.

This is the Tabulator clutch mechanism.

This is how the image looks on the phone. Note, I'm holding the pone upside down so the image looks like the actual part orientation in the typewriter.
Addendum:  I was familiar with different very expensive borescopes as well as the affordable ones from Harbor Freight.  The ones from Harbor Freight are too large for using around a typewriter or anything small.

The ones I was familiar with for more intricate work were machinists kinds that cost upwards of thousands of dollars.   Medical endoscopes were also something I was familiar with and used in some of my emergency medical training.  These too were too large for a typewriter and very super expensive.

Thanks to a comment Mary E left about finding one for use with a smart phone. I decided to look an amazon and as seen in the comments in my previous post, I bought one.

I also wanted to post about it from her comment.   Remember about 10 years ago when the typosphere blogosphere was a lot  more active and many of us posted from or on ideas created by comments from other typosphereians and sometimes even from ideas from their blog posts?

I miss those days when the Typosphere was much more active and interesting than what it has morphed into.  Seems like the Luddites gave in to the modern and insecure one line quick posts of FB and the like.  One medium I refuse to use.  My Luddite spirit is too stubborn to FB or Tweet.

I do find it much easier to post about a new to me typewriter or a typewriter repair than general writing for a typecast.

So hopefully I, along with the few others that keep the Typosphere active, will continue to stay active in the Typosphere. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Adjusting the Tabulator clutch on a Hermes Ambassador

This post is also in the comments Here.

The TAB was quite easy to adjust. Once I located the clutch.

To see the mechanism and linkages I opened the back. On the Ambassador it is easy -- it just unlatches by pulling out on the top sides.

I also removed the cover from the back of the carriage rail. This cover does not need removed. I first tried a few clicks more on the mainspring; no good. Rather than getting the mainspring too tight I decided to see why the TAB would not work without pressing the carriage release or pushing the carriage to the left.

I looked under the carriage and could see how the carriage was released from the escapement, but I could not see why the same bar that moved for CR and TAB did not let the carriage move when TAB was pressed. In order to see what happens I removed the platen and paper guide tray. Both are quite easy to do. This allows a clear view of the escapement, and I could see the TAB clutch and it was loose, but not allowing the carriage to move.

Escapement gear is just visible to the left by the draw band (I'm holding the draw band out of the way) The cork in the center is the clutch pad. The round item on the right is one of the centrifugal counterweights that will be adjusted from the back of the typewriter.


There is no open area to adjust this; it must be done from the back looking in through the frame to the centrifugal clutch of the tabulator. On the ears of the clutch are 4 spring mounting slots.

The springs on mine (there are 2 halves to the centrifugal weights of the clutch) were both in the middle slot. I used a spring hook fed through the open frame to reset the springs each in one slot closer to the clutch pad (from the back of the typewriter from where I was working would be moving each one one space to the right). I tested the tab. It worked.

The full length movement is a bit slow. I left it slow as I do not like slamming tab actions. Moving the spring 2 spaces to the right most slot would make the TAB even faster, but also it kind of slams.





If you never worked on a typewriter before you may not want to make this adjustment. If your tabulator does not work you have nothing to loose unless you loose the springs. The typewriter looks like having to replace either of these springs or the clutch is a major operation.

I do not have a borescope so I could not get any images of the springs or how I adjusted them.  It is impossible to get any image without a borescope.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Remington Noiseless 6

This is before any cleaning when I picked it up from the book store.


These typewriters are a mechanical work of art.  These levers operate the thrust type slugs. Adjustment is critical so the slug barley touches the platen, but presses the ribbon hard enough against the paper to leave an impression of the character on the type slug. I was not about to take these apart to polish them.  I cleaned them as best I could.  If this were my typewriter I may have taken them apart to polish and reassemble just for the challenge -- after I got all the repairs caught up.

An example of one of the spool hubs.

Top after cleaning.  There is a cover missing between the front cover and rear cover that also acts as a type bar guide.

All clean and as sparkly as I could make it.

The key top rings were quite dingy and did not shine at all before I cleaned and buffed them with jeweler's rouge.

I wish I had a before image of this side.  I thought the paint was clear coated and the clear coat was coming off.  This side was a killer to get the paint cleaned and shine again.  The years of nicotine hardened all over the typewriter did not help either.  When I do not own the typewriter I do not get real aggressive cleaning paint as I do not want to do more harm than good.  Cleaning a machine owned by someone leaves no room for errors.

This side shows some hardened residue from a sticker?  What ever it is I managed to get the area cleaned a little better.  Again, I did not want to get overly aggressive cleaning and cause damage to the paint making it worse than leaving a bit of residue.  If it were my typewriter I may have opted for an entire repaint when time permitted.


Type slugs after cleaning

According to the Typewriter Database this machine was made in 1928




This typewriter, along with the KMG can be seen at Kazoo Books
All good things take time is because I have many many many digital files to review for typecasts I started since the 2018 - 2019 hoilday season.  I have image files from my phone and 3 different digial imagers.  Most of the files are sorted by typewriter manufacturer and model. Some are not.  The ones I planned to post on are missing.

I have 2 posts on replacement feet from Steve Dade.  He does excellent work, and the feet are exactly like the originals.  I have some on a Corona 3, Remington Model 5 Mill, and the Royal 10.  I will also be getting some for my Underwood Universal Mill and another Universal and a Champion.

I started a post about the feet on the Remington Mill, but those image files are among the missing.  They may be on my other PC since they are not on my server or present PC.

I have 3 Brother JP3 machines to post.  There are Underwood 3 bank. Olivetti Lettera 22 and 32 typewriters that had similar problems to what are posted on Myoldtypewriter

Finally I have a Royal 10 that I started to clean last year before I got the KMG & Noiseless 6 from the book store.

And I have some software work to do to hopefully be able to use Word Press without issue.  Quickest way I see is add another server and maybe a direct portal to cyberspace.