I commented about her Skyriter tag and Skyriters. We had a few email conversations and I became the owner of one of her Skyriters in need of some care.
That machine arrived today while I was working on my car. I took the time to test the machine and in doing so typed a short typecast about a machine that may spend the shortest time in my collection. Since I now have it working and I will give it a tweak to get the right margin a bit smoother operating, make the needed repair to the platen, and clean the machine I have offered it back if she wants it. Nothing like owning more than one Skyriter.
I like collecting, repairing and using these machines. I find them about the easiest of all to work on. That does not mean there are no problems. I still have an escapement problem with my 1954 elite. If I ever take time to work on it I may get it working correctly. They are easy to take apart, but I do not have another escapement to put in it if that is the problem. It also needs a few new shoulder screws which could be causing some of the problems.
|Before rethreading the ribbon the top half of the letters were cut off.|
|After rethreading the ribbon|
|This is the Skyriter after I unpacked it complete with the twisty tie margin bar repair. It works.|
As like all my Skyriters this machine is a fine typer. When I get it clean and make the rest of the tweaks I'll install a new ribbon and it may be on its way back to Ledeaux.
It is such fun working on typewriters. I do not know which is most fun -- working on a typewriter -- using a typewriter or passing one along to a new user or a fellow typospherian.
The box contains a modern Smith-Corona Sterling that will soon be making its way to a typospherian in Ohio. I was still packing it when the Postman arrived to pick up the one I had ready for Richard P. The Sterling is delayed a bit.
Finally, I forget who asked me for a backspace key for a Corona 3. I lied and said I did not have one. That was because I really thought I did not have the carriage for the one I have for parts. Well, while cleaning the garage and restacking my pile of parts machines I found the carriage. I have the backspace key. Scott K. for some reason I think it was you. If you still need it please contact me and I will get it in the mail Monday or Tuesday.
Sorry for my impromptu sloppy typing.