Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom for the carriage!



There she is. Didn't get all off the gunk off, just that masking tape price tag that was giving me hell. Once I get it working, it will be nice and shiny.


See the bit of paint rubbed off there in the center? That is where the carriage rubs.


Tried to get a picture of it in action, but these things are hard to photograph. The other side of the carriage, which has the same problem, was about impossible to photograph. I will not even bother posting the results. Hopefully someone out there knows more about this little problem than I do!

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  1. I don't own an Olympia, sorry I won't be able to offer suggestions on the carriage issue. But I'm sure someone in the typosphere will. Hope you get that fixed.

    Like you, I normally do not nap unless jet-lagged or really tired. But hey, it's great to feel rested. Good for you.

    Didn't do anything significant today, just took it easy. Read and wrote.
    Happy 4th, Ken!

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    1. I don't even know how it happened. One minute I was half laying on the couch, the next it was 5:30!
      I wish I had just read and wrote. Really, that's what I wanted to do. But...my parents were intent on having us over, and I do not like to disappoint.
      Glad you had a nice calm day, and a happy fourth to you as well.

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  2. This is caused by the original rubber bushings getting flat with time; they must be replaced. Check out this post from Mike at Clickthing: http://clickthing.blogspot.ch/2011/03/amazing-floating-olympia.html

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    1. This has solved all of my problems!
      Thanks so much for the link. I have gotten it working now, as evident in the new post.
      You rock!

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  3. I think Adwoa is right. Happily, it's an easy fix -- just about any pieces of rubber cut to an approximate size will do the trick.

    Have a good early morning drive on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing your find!

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    1. It most definitely did the trick.
      I am really looking forward to picking it up and typing on it. I hope it lives up to expectations. Definitely something I have never seen in person before.

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  4. I've been fortunate in that my SM3s worked in spite of the common flat bushing problem. As for noise, there isn't much subtle about these machines and that is why I like them. I'd love to have new platens, but I think the snap, snick and click sounds wouldn't go anywhere.

    Olympia crinkle finish cleans up nicely with a light detergent solution and an toothbrush. Good luck getting this one completed!

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    1. I am going to try some mineral spirits, followed by soapy water. That generally does the trick with most any machine, but I will be sure to try a toothbrush to get into those little crinkles. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  5. Nice typewriter. I'd try Adwoa's suggestion before tearing into something that will get complicated.

    Have a safe and great Saturday.

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    1. It was, fortunately, not at all complicated. The rubber grommets worked like a charm, and I am now the happy owner of a fully functional SM3.

      I will most assuredly be safe on the drive Saturday. I drive like an old man! I can't wait to post with this machine...

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