Sunday, February 26, 2012

Adler J4 Review

....if I could only spell and type!

Carriage parts and type bar rest ready for final assembly
Machine as it is ready for a shower of carb cleaner

Reassembled carriage

Machine ready to remove ribbon & bottom cover or reattach the carriage.
 The 3 levers are all that couples the carriage to the rest of the machine.

Which one was repaired?

Ransmayer Elite Type Slugs

As I ended the typecast I ran out of paper and wanted to end with a.k.a. Gabriel
(what) since there were several models, but I did not find much more information or photos.  The case mentioned in the next to the last paragraph is the carrying case.  The typewriter's plastic housing is quite sturdy and good quality.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finally Finished

Adler J4 from 1966
After ignoring my project for most of a month I finally finished it a few minutes ago and thought I would give a preview.  I took this one right before I installed the final button.  Now since I must work for a living ..... details of the project and a tour of a nice typer later since I must leave for work :(

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Ribbon Restoration, This time using mineral oil

Another Pelikan silk ribbon

Should be moistened both sides.....

This is the finished ribbon
The cloth looks like it is full of ink.  It is not it is a cloth I used to wipe the dirt off of the door channels of one of my vehicles and even though it was washed and clean when I started it was still stained from the dirt.  Very little ink comes off of the ribbon when dabbed or wiped.  I do not use much pressure at all.

The mineral oil did wet the ribbon more than the WD-40.  I think the dilution could have been more.  The ribbon works and I did not want too much mineral spirits since it is a solvent and I did not want it to wash away any ink left in the ribbon.

I see no reason why the WD-40 or my mineral oil solution must be sprayed.  It seems that it could be dabbed onto the ribbon just as well as sprayed.  Dabbing may be less messy also.

Gathering all the things to do this as well as mixing the solution and treating the ribbon took about an hour while I was out in the sun being entertained by the screaming of the neighborhood hawks.   One of the nice things about our city is the abundant wild life.  Our city has hundreds of acres of woods and plenty of deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, armadillo, hawks, cranes and many many other birds, even a bobcat or 2.  Oh, plenty of snakes also.  And alligators.

The Hermes noted at the end are all part of my collection.  I designate them with a .n to identify them.  Hermes 3000.2 is an on line purchase that was the cost of postage.  It is a rounded case machine made the same year as my 3000.1 machine.  From my on line inquiries it seems I have one of each of the machine styles from the year the change to the square body machine was made.  It is an elite typeface.  The machine was posted quite a while as a parts machine.  It was dropped and except for a scratch and small dent looks & smells new.  I have not straightened its frame yet.  When I get to it I'll post using it.

3000.3 is the Techno Pica machine I used for this post.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Typewriter Serial Numbers

Last Page

I was testing the Facit TP1 with some old paper and decided to use it for the post and I did not realize the damage done by several typewriters would show.  This was a backer sheet and has many indentations from several machines.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Typewriter Serial Numbers

The things one finds when buying a box of junk.

I thought you may be interested in a small booklet I found in a box of typewriter junk I purchased.

A Smith-Corona AGE LIST.  What better way to appreciate your typewriter than by knowing its age.  That is if it is in this booklet.  It by no means has every brand, model, and serial number.  It does have quite a bit.  Smith-Corona, Remington, Royal, Underwood, Woodstock-Allen, and IBM.  Mostly pre-1950.

I am doing the post in 2 parts to keep the length of the post manageable.

This is part I.