|New one as I unpacked it|
|First remove the two screws on top of each end cover and remove the left end cover. Then remove the right knob. Remove the right end cover. Next remove this collar. (No collar on my Rhythm Touch)|
|This is a better shot of the dog with the lever removed. I started to pull the rod out. Gently pull and twist the rod to remove it. To start pull back on the dog lever as shown to relieve the tension against the ratchet gear.|
|I missed the image of the rod as it was remved. Blogger is too flaky to even attempt to insert the photo. This is the rod after I cleaned it with Scotch-Brite. Steel wool could be used also.|
|This is the lever clear of obstructing rod removal.|
|Old on left. New on right. It is an optical illusion if the old one looks smaller.|
|This is the new platen installed on the typewriter.|
The entire process takes about 20 minutes including the time it took me to clean the dirt out of the carriage, polish the metal I missed in the first cleaning, and treating the bottom feed rollers with rubber rejuvenator.
I'm re arranging my lab at work. As soon as a bit of minor construction is completed and I get everything organized as I want this typewriter will return to the lab where I can use it for work.
I also have my newest Hermes 3000 there. I took that one in when I started last year. Since it is a portable I can always find room for it. When I need a typewriter I use it. I only wish I had one nice typewriter with a real carriage instead of all these short ones. I unloaded my Praxis 48 for an IBM Selectric-II because it had a short platen. I hate file labels and writing on file tabs. I love using a typewriter for that job. I guess my first typewriter for 2016 will be another old Underwood full size machine with a full size platen (12 or 13 inch). I love the 10 inch platens on portables, but office size machines need office size platens.