Saturday, April 14, 2012

Another Restoration

So, by the picture below you can see that the next machine in my restoration queue is a Smith-Corona. I am in the process of eliminating some of the stickiness in a few of the keys. I have already tried PB Blaster, but there has been little improvement. The next option is a mechanical cleaning with a stiff toothbrush. The schedule for today is light, so I will have some time to devote to getting this one done.

Smith-Corona typewriter

Smith-Corona typewriter

7 comments:

  1. I have been using carburetor cleaner in these situations with good results. Just don't get it on paint or plastic.

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  2. Very nice looking typewriter. Good luck with your restoration. Kroil is much better than PB blaster or liquid wrench. Richard's carb cleaner works good too. That is what I used to clean the moly grease gunk from my J4. I did need to go back over it about a week or so later with Kroil on some keys.

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  3. I've found engine degreaser, bushed on with a toothbrush, while manually shifting the type-bars by hand gets rid of the crud that has gathered from people oiling the type bars. Blast it out with air afterwards.

    PS. Did you ever get that FP escapement fixed? If so, what was it?

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    1. The escapement prawl spring had fallen off, but Bill also mentioned that there was a lot of dried dust gunking up everything. He gave it a couple of shots of a degreaser and was able to get it working. They don't break often, so if it's not working well it's something that is unusual. Do you have a repair shop near you?

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  4. This might sound stupid, but I'm having trouble removing the case on my burgundy silent. Do any of the pieces of the main body need to be bent in order to remove it? The tabs seem to bend in at the bottom, as well as on top near the upper row of the keys.

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