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09-7-2015 02:21:12  #1


Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

No doubt many of us buy typewriters cheap from classified ads, opportunity shops or even (if we're lucky) salvage them from the junk yard. I thought I would start a thread dedicated to showing off your "before and after" shots of cleaning, repair, restoration, reassembily, painting, Gregorian chanting, or whatever it is you do to get your typewriter looking and acting the way you want.

I can't post a photo yet because I'm new and have fewer than three posts on the forum, so feel free to jump in with your own before/afters and I'll post mine as soon as I can.

N.B. Wasn't sure if this should go in "Repairs and Maintanence", here or somewhere else, so if this is in the wrong place, or if a thread like this already exists in the bowels of the forum, I apologise.
 

 

25-11-2015 18:14:15  #2


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

I received this rust bucket (didn't qualify as a door stop because machine parts still outweighed the iron oxide content) as a gift. It seemed like a good challenge to test both skill and patience as a restoration project. I The Underwood wasn't even assembled correctly and nothing worked. I had to cannibalize or fabricate many parts. many, many hours of assemble, disassemble, adjust, repeat. New decals from The Netherlands.

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz264/fortensky/TopViewStart_zpswtcb9o5k.jpg

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz264/fortensky/Nice%20and%20CleanA_zpsycztpqji.jpg

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz264/fortensky/Front%20Finished_zpsmwqxjyvb.jpg

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz264/fortensky/Top%20Right%20Done_zpsetzoxvr7.jpg


"We didn't exactly believe your story Miss O'Shaugnessy. We believed your two hundred dollars."
 

25-11-2015 18:21:19  #3


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

P.S. It is a 1913 Underwood 5 and everything, including the notoriously finicky bi-chrome unit, works perfectly.
escapement (spacing) is even and lettering is "on foot".


"We didn't exactly believe your story Miss O'Shaugnessy. We believed your two hundred dollars."
 

25-11-2015 21:56:15  #4


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Terribly sorry. I accidentally deleted a pic and I don't see a way to edit my post so:
http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz264/fortensky/Right%20finished_zpsrcssloq0.jpg


"We didn't exactly believe your story Miss O'Shaugnessy. We believed your two hundred dollars."
 

26-11-2015 00:08:51  #5


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Congratulations; it's inspiring to see such impressive work.

As Repartee said of his Royalite: "When a typewriter is returned to active duty, the picas shed a tear of joy in heaven." 😄

Did you have the keys re-plated / re-chromed?


"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the typewriter."
 

26-11-2015 07:01:55  #6


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Ive done a lot, so its easier just to post my website link.
http://www.lancastertypewriter.weebly.com
Just click on gallery.


Currently looking for a Hammond, or Underwood 3 Banks to purchase.

Selling off most of my collection to start fresh.

PM me!
 

27-11-2015 11:45:03  #7


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Valiant wrote:

Did you have the keys re-plated / re-chromed?

Thanks! Nothing was replated, although I did replace two nickel/chrome covers. The keys (and everything else) were painstakingly cleaned by hand using 000 steel wool, Flitz metal polish, and pencil erasers for the key tops. I also replaced the ribbon vibrator (looked like a piece of debris from the Roswell crash site), reattached two type slugs, straightened bent key levers (they were in shapes/positions envied by yoga masters), endlessly adjusted the bi chrome until it worked perfectly, and on and on. The bi chrome unit was a real pain because in order to test it you have to reassemble the machine, type, disassemble, adjust, repeat. Fortunately, the frame was intact and the unobtainable decals on the back (patent dates and offensive beer slogans) were complete. Decals on the lower front strap (No 5 Underwood Standard Typewriter No 5 and the paper table decals were replaced)

Best regards,

Paul


 


"We didn't exactly believe your story Miss O'Shaugnessy. We believed your two hundred dollars."
 

31-12-2015 03:51:08  #8


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Thanks for all the contributions to the thread, everyone. There are some fine restorations here! It's obviously a real labour of love.

Here's my Olivetti M44 before/after. Unfortunately I couldn't find a replacement front plate, and the repairs took more than just fixing a broken drawband, believe me! Sorry for the poor quality - these are taken from a video I made on my phone before selling it.

http://oi68.tinypic.com/2sanxpk.jpg


Aaaaaand here's my other Olivetti, a Dora. Not a restoration, just a new paint job. It was already in great mechanical condition when I got it, so I used the energy to introduce some vibrancy to the drab, plastic shell.

http://oi68.tinypic.com/34xkwhk.jpg

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29-2-2016 21:48:48  #9


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

A really nice work done there. Congratulations.

 

08-4-2016 13:18:16  #10


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

1928 Remington 12 - saved from the Keychoppers.
Before:
http://hostthenpost.org/uploads/704741c95012ea306081a26066e5e198.jpg


After:
http://hostthenpost.org/uploads/b0e7d18debcc71db58f4cef1f53b94ff.jpg


My blog - Just Typewriters
 
 

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