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Maintenance & Repairs » Remington 17 faceplate removal » Yesterday 16:25:13

If the machine is like the KMC etc. - and it is after all what the KMC evolved from - then those flat shafts are indeed stamped to a round section before being threaded. You may need to grip the knob carefully with a pair of pliers to unscrew it.

Maintenance & Repairs » Remington 17 faceplate removal » 25-6-2017 04:31:59

Almost certain that those knobs unscrew.  The ones on the KMC and Super-Riter do.

Maintenance & Repairs » Ribbon reverse on S-C Classic 12 doesn't work » 17-6-2017 09:48:29

From memory, there should be a grub screw on the small gear.  Unscrewing it should enable you to move the gear back slightly on the shaft.  Maybe it is seized and needs a little gentle persuasion ! 

Maintenance & Repairs » Ribbon reverse on S-C Classic 12 doesn't work » 14-6-2017 04:42:29

Not sure if you have checked this, but are either of the gears that you can see in the picture loose on their shafts ?  Have you tried tightening the set-screws?  I'm assuming that the rest of the ribbon transport mechanism is working because you say that the left spool winds normally.

Portable Typewriters » Purchasing a typewriter (Corona No.3 Folding) - things to look for? » 13-6-2017 05:37:21

OK, That L-shaped bracket screws to the top side of the cast frame.  There should be two of them, left and right.  The side with the two holes - one hole is for the screw that attaches the bracket, the second hole is to attach the top of the side casing AND the bracket.  The arm with the single hole - that is to attach the spring that returns the shift.  You should have two springs and two brackets.  If you haven't, someone has been dismantling your machine and has lost the parts !

Portable Typewriters » Purchasing a typewriter (Corona No.3 Folding) - things to look for? » 10-6-2017 16:03:29

When you press either shift key, they are connected by a bar which runs across the front of the typewriter's mechanism, just behind the keyboard.  An extension of the bar, on the left, raises the carriage.  Perhaps that is the part of the mechanism that is jammed.  Do you think you could take some photos of this area and post them for everyone to see ?  I have never come across a 'Dactymetal', but it certainly sounds as if you have an Olympia Traveller there, under a different name.  After the first few years of production, all Olympia Travellers were made in Yugoslavia.  Olympia didn't own the factory.  The company name was UNIS-TBM and that is what you can see cast into the machine's frame.  You might be able to read the serial number with an LED torch (flashlight).  The cold white light shed by LEDs is very good for picking out indistinct serial numbers.  It might also be worth taking the bottom casing off the machine (four screws in the rubber feet) to see if there is a coin or something preventing the carriage from lifting.

Maintenance & Repairs » How to remove platen from Olympia SM9? » 31-5-2017 17:27:10

Helping each other is what this forum is all about - and comparing notes with others.  Now that your problem is solved, don't go away !  Stick around and see if you can maybe help someone else - or learn more !

Portable Typewriters » Purchasing a typewriter (Corona No.3 Folding) - things to look for? » 30-5-2017 13:16:29

No problem.  Helping each other is what this forum is all about

Maintenance & Repairs » How to remove platen from Olympia SM9? » 30-5-2017 13:12:12

Your typewriter is indeed an SM9, made circa 1974.  The right hand platen knob (obviously stuck) is a normal right hand thread. To give you some purchase to remove it, put the left knob back in and screw it up.  Operate the line space lever with your left hand and hold it across.  Then try to ondo the right knob.  The pawl being forced into the linespace ratchet should prevent the platen from turning.  Don't overdo this - you do not want to break anything.  A professional would use a special strap wrench which wraps round the platen itself.  You could also try to get a grip on the platen by wrapping a piece of emery cloth around it.  Operate the paper release and try to tease the emery cloth down the back of the platen (keyboard facing you)  Insert the emery cloth at either end, and not near where you think the label is stuck.

Maintenance & Repairs » How to remove platen from Olympia SM9? » 29-5-2017 15:55:36

If your machine is an SM9, you are in luck.  The platen removes very easily.  Simply unscrew the platen knobs and pull them out.  Draw the carriage to the right and the platen should lift out.

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