Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Revolution is here!

Many who follow this blog know the above brand is not one of my favored ones, but I do have 3 I really enjoy using.  This is one of them.  Fast, Snappy, and the links do not fall out like its preceding model.  This one only needs a new ribbon.  More on this and my Olympia family in a future post. 

The Typewriter Revolution

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Today is 10 no matter if it is binary 1010 or decimal, and my SM3.

I changed to full page typing a while back.  Decided to change back to blog width.

I'm not sure I like full page or blog width.  Full page is easier to type.  Half sheet saves paper and displays without clicking on it.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Montana 2

This typewriter required U.C./L.C. alignment.  a 6mm ignition wrench is required, 2 if you want to hold the adjustment screw while tightening the lock nut.

One of several screw holders I find very useful while working on electronics and TYPEWRITERS.

Alignment as found

Getting better, but not quite.  The paper guide needs moved and more adjusting of the lower case.

Same screw for lower case on the right side.  The screw above is left side upper case alignment. This is as far as lower case can go.  The slight misalignment will stay.

The same on the left.  The bottom screw is the lower case alignment.

To align the type slugs to be perfectly aligned requires lowering of the guide and this guide is not adjustable.  It is stamped and formed and attached to the back of the carriage rail.

Typecast from the workbench.

This is the linkage below the right shift key. The design must have been made by a drunk engineer and approved by a drunker manager.

As with all my typewriters.  The time to give the type slugs a good cleaning is when the machine is apart for maintenance.

7 screws must be removed from the typewriter's housing and the slide that is pressed to open the case cover must also be removed.  One must be careful when doing this as the 2 springs will take flight if not prepared for the spring loading of the slide.

The older Montana Luxe had a cork rest that I replaced.  This one has a foam one.

Plastic Plastic Plastic.  I do not like plastic. It is fragile, dries, and had very low strength.  The entire case and bottom plate is plastic on this Montana. Notice the bar that needs pressed to release the cover.  It is the same one that needs pressed to remove the typewriter's housing for access to the mechanics of the machine.

 I was putting this typecast together when I realized I did not proof read and correct my typed sheets.  Hope my sloppy typing is not too difficult to read.

I could have gone into more detail on how I do an alignment also.  I always use 2 wrenches. Pliers slip too easily and strip the corners of the nuts or hex head screws.  I loosen the lock nuts on which ever adjustment I want to make first or which ever is not aligned to the index line.  In the case of this Montana I could not raise the lower case any more than it was.  I was left with adjusting the index guide, bending the adjustment hardware, or letting well-enough alone.  I chose the latter.

Then I loosened the lock nuts on the upper case adjusting screws and gave each screw one half turn to see which direction it adjusted.  I do this so I can go back the half turn and turn the screw one half turn in the other direction should my first be wrong.  I check alignment.  Then I turn each screw 1/4 turn at a time until both upper and lower cases align.  Then I hold the adjustment screw whild tightening the lock nut.

On many machines the wire is not in the way of wrenching the screw.  On the Baby, Rocket, and Montana the frame is on one side of the adjuster and a wire on the other.  I straddle the wire with the open end of the wrench and it seems to work fine and does not bend the wire.  Alternately one could hope to find the correct typewriter wrench on Ebay or grind the sides of ignition wrenches.

I used to work with a fellow from Poland who ran the distillery.  Stif'ner was a gift.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I'm Back

Mrs.  or the Boss, Enjoying herself at the hotel in California

Our Grandson and our favorite daughter. 
We went to California for our Grandson's graduation from boot camp.  He is now an official U.S. Marine following in the footsteps of a Great Great Uncle and 2 cousins that he never knew.  I think I have the relationship correct.  My great uncle was a Medic during WWII and was on the beach on D-Day.

Not much of a typecast.  I was not sure of a subject then today I got into the mood to type at my stand up typewriter in the garage.  I'm not that good at typing and thinking of what to type at the same time and make terrible mistakes.  I should at least make an outline first. 

I have a few typecasts I started and one I was going to use that I wrote last week end.  They may all get posted in the future.

I thought to do some on fountain pens.  I bought a few since my last pencast.

More on typewriters is on the way.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Replacing an Underwood Rhythm Touch (SS) Platen

This arrived in todays mail

In order to use what arrived today I first had to start here and remove it about a week or so ago.  Remove the two screws holding the cover and remove the cover.

The right knob gets removed first by loosening the two set screws.

Loosen the left screw

Loosen the right screw

Use a small screwdriver to hold back the ratchet dog from the line feed ratchet gear.  You can do it with just your fingers if you are brave enough should it slip and you get pinched.

Hold the platen with one hand and twist the shaft using the knob with your other hand while pulling on the knob at the same time.  The black knob not the variable spacer push button.  As you pull you will need to let go of the plaen and release the feed with a screwdriver until the gear passes.  Twist and pull on the line feed knob to help get the shaft out.  Also hold on to the little lever or it will fall. If it falls onto the work bench it will be fine. If it falls on the floor it may decide to hide from view.

This is the little lever that releases the feed dog.

This is where the semi-circular end rides


Feed pressure rollers before removing to send off.  Also shown is the paper feed tray.  Note, every other metal section that fits under the paper tray has a rubber pad on it.

Last Saturday I took time to TRY my Oliver.  Also the Underwood skips when I bottom out the keys rather than properly press them.

The recovered platen

The recovered pressure rollers.  That is not a flat spot on the one small one.  It is a mark like a water mark.

The shaft and line feed are back together.  They go back to gether in reverse of taking them apart. 

The platen shaft has a flat for tightening the set screws against.  Align all the screws with the flat spot.

All finished in about 30 to 40 minutes including the time to take the photos.  After this photo was taken I rejuvenated the rollers on the paper bail and they are not so shiny any longer.

This is what the pressure rollers look like with the paper feed tray installed

This is what the paper feed rollers look like when the feed tray is removed.  The front rollers can be removed quite easily, but the larger ones under the paper tray take a bit if wiggling since they are spring loaded and fit quite tight.  All the rollers are easily removed by loosening the screws in the shaft collars. Note where and how the tiny rollers go on the front ones as they must be reassembled the same.

Not hollow ground, but quite useful around typewriters, especially loosening and tightening the right knob screws on this typewriter.
The two feed roller photos should be near the beginning.  I remembered to insert them too late.  Blogger is a pain to rearrange photos after insertion so they stay out of sequence.

I hope there is enough detail here to help anyone who wants to tackle an Underwood platen.  My 1941 M is the same as this 1947 SS.  I'm unsure how many others match.

Very highly recommended.