First, a cool video.
I don't know who these guys are, but they touched upon so many things in a short film without a word of dialogue. The comparison between typewriter and piano is beautifully done. I also appreciated how they hint at women's role in the office post-World War II. The typewriter gave them a skill by which they could claim a little independence, but they were dreaming of bigger things.
|The only thing that I plan to replace.|
|This sealed the deal. I love dealership stickers!|
|It's because I didn't use a color photograph...|
|Studio 45 in perfect working order. $10|
|Remington Quiet Riter. Carriage is stuck for some reason. $9|
|Post-war QDL with a dealership sticker from Paducah! But no way was I gonna drop $100...|
Against my intentions (and maybe my better judgement too) I came home with a 1961 Skyriter made in England.
For $7.95, I couldn't resist. I was thinking, "Hmm, fix it and flip it!" The only problems that I could see was a latch-less zipper on the case and a disconnected margin bar. Because of this, the bell didn't work properly.
So, with an online guide, I set to work.
Here's a list of what's wrong with it now:
- Space bar won't advance carriage
- Keys don't advance carriage
- Backspace kaput
- Shift kaput
- Type slugs do not make contact with platen because carriage is not properly seated
Ok, I did get the margin bar installed and the bell works. I was so proud of myself.
What I did not realize was how many things came undone while I was taking the frame off and removing the carriage.
|Margin release bar screw.|
|Backspace screw. It is now stuck in place; won't screw in or out.|
Not sure how I'm gonna fix this...
|Left pivot screw, which you have to remove to remove carriage from the frame.|
|Right pivot screw.|
|Carriage after I "repaired" it.|
So, after three hours and $7.95, I am now the proud owner of a 1961 Skyriter in pieces under my bed.
What I thought would be an easy first-time repair job turned into a disaster. The only silver lining at this point is that nothing is truly broken, so I won't have to order parts. I'll just have to take the whole thing apart and try again.
A British typewriter that's in dire straights? I know the perfect name.
The screw in question finally came out after much prying. The threads are stripped, so it'll have to be replaced. Hopefully, that's the only part I'll have to get.