Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Oliver Cometh

It's been lost in the garage for at least two years, but a kind offer from a fellow Typospherian has me ready to dive into the restoration of this old green machine. I took a few Polaroids to document the before. 


The keys look nice, but they are spattered with some sort of solvent-based paint that created little grey divots. Cleaning doesn't work. The only option is replacement. The new keys are on the way.


I have the cover in a drawer somewhere. The whole machine might need a new coat of paint and that would lead to new decals. Luckily, you can get them on Etsy from Paul Roberts.


And the nickle plate is in terrible shape. If anyone has some good links to exploded parts catalogs or some suggestions on how to disassemble this machine, please let me know because I need help.

4 comments:

  1. There's a service manual I bet Bill doesn't have :D

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  2. I've got to look the cover fellow up on Etsy.

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  3. I would check out the videos that Martin Rice has posted on YouTube. She seems to be an Oliver expert. https://youtu.be/NyJu-LghICc I'd love to see how this turns out as I have the same machine at my house.

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  4. Don't fret too much about the nickel. That will come up with a bit of work and, and isn't as bad a shape as you may thing. Excellent candidate for restoration! I look forward to seeing the end result.

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