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Maintenance & Repairs » IBM selectric II won't space or go to next line after hitting return » 19-5-2018 16:27:49

JeffMo74
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I just picked up an $11 IBM selectric II without testing it at Goodwill. I brought it home and it seems to work except for two issues. It won't consistently space and when I hit the return button, it goes to the left margin but doesn't advance the platen to the next line. I don't know anything about these machines, it was an impulse buy (I have a problem I know). Any guidance would be appreciated! I'm not sure the procedure for cleaning one of these either. Thanks as always, Jeff

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 13-5-2018 17:55:24

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Just picked these up today from someone on Facebook marketplace. Posted the pair for $200, so I decided to lowball them for $75 to see what would happen. They accepted the price and I picked them up today. Very dirty and need some TLC. Remington has some flaking paint on the side and a few spots of rust on both plus a disconnected drawband on the Royal. Cases are trashed but I'm pretty happy with them![img]https://i.imgur.com/0kIlBxy.jpg
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Type Talk » "Vintage ribbon"- would you use it or keep it? » 29-4-2018 06:33:49

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Type Talk » "Vintage ribbon"- would you use it or keep it? » 28-4-2018 16:46:04

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So I picked up a Royal Junior today at the flea market and convinced the guy to throw in a ribbon he had. It's in its original box and still in its plastic wrapping. The spool it's on doesn't go to this machine and it's bent. The box is pretty banged up...long story short (too late) would you open the ribbon and use it or keep the package as is?
Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal FP carriage problem » 28-4-2018 15:47:15

JeffMo74
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skywatcher wrote:

Hi Jeff

​Let's start with the easiest first using my Royal FPE16-6871893 for reference. Move the ribbon color selector to red.  Pop the top cover by pressing the red Royal emblem in, cover should spring open (may need a little help if stuck). Now, look closely at the Tab-Set button slider just inside the front panel. Right beside the slider, you'll see a small black metal plate shaped a bit like the profile of a milk bottle laying on its side. At the narrow end of this plate there is a small hole. There should be a long spring hooked between this plate and the Tab key arm. Let us know what you find,

Sky

I just saw this reply, I actually shelved it because I was annoyed with it and went on to other projects. I just took it down after seeing this and I can't find the metal plate you were talking about. Not sure if I'm in the correct area. Maybe the "milk bottle" plate is missing? 
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Type Talk » How to politely tell a seller their item is over-priced? » 23-4-2018 18:38:31

JeffMo74
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I've had a little bit of success with two strategies. The first is asking them how they came up with that price. Often times they will say something along the lines of I checked on Ebay etc or some other rationale. When they realize they pulled the price out of thin air, they seem more open to a lower price. The second method I think was mentioned somewhere on this forum, ask them if they checked the "sold items" on ebay rather than the active auctions. When they see that the ones that sold are lower than what they are asking they are willing to drop the price. Of course walking away still remains the best way to let them know it is too expensive.

Type Talk » How to politely tell a seller their item is over-priced? » 16-4-2018 08:46:38

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I had a person try and sell me a rusted Remington based upon it's weight (it's heavy so it must be valuable). He wanted $125 and was annoyed that I didn't think it was worth it. I gave him some links to help him determine it's value and walked away. 4 months later I see it is reposted for $25. Sometimes sellers just need to figure it out on their own.

Maintenance & Repairs » Paint bare spots, repaint whole machine or leave alone? » 14-4-2018 16:43:56

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I just picked up a Royal custom today at a flea market for $5. It is a classic mustard yellow so I'm guessing it must be a 70's machine (looks like a sabre a bit). It has several areas where the paint is worn to the metal. Would you try to patch those areas, repaint the whole machine or just leave it? It was purely an impulse buy so I'm willing to experiment, I'm wondering what everyone else would do in this situation. Thanks, Jeff

 

Maintenance & Repairs » Maybe a stupid cleaning question... » 05-4-2018 18:07:40

JeffMo74
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So this may seem like a stupid question but do you go through your full cleaning "checklist" with every machine you pick up? For example, if you get a machine from a thrift store/garage sale etc. and the typebars move freely, do you still scrub out the segment with whatever cleaning solutions you use? I'm feeling a bit lazy on some of my new machines that seem like a new ribbon would be enough to start typing. Do you ever type on a dirty yet functional machine? Thanks, Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal FP carriage problem » 30-3-2018 07:56:32

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Thank you! The tab key is loose and if I hold it up and type, the carriage doesn't "sail away". So it's definitely something to do with the tab. The question is how do I tighten this mechanism up? As soon as I stop holding the key up, it drops back to the position in the picture. I do see a screw on the tab mechanism that looks like some sort of adjustment screw. Not sure if it is related or if I can get at it to tighten it. Any suggestions?

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