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11-11-2017 20:46:08  #121


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

That's kind of how I'm looking at it.

 

13-11-2017 11:27:51  #122


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

This Remington Noiseless has been sitting around my neighborhood Craigslist for a while, taunting me.
I've never seen one with quite this brown/beige color, which makes it of interest, despite it's condition and one ribbon spool cover missing. But you can't go wrong with the price, I suppose.   

I should probably just stop procrastinating and get it... right?

 

13-11-2017 11:47:22  #123


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Hi Mark,

I always take the view that cosmetic issues are never going to be as straightforward to resolve as the average mechanical fix, so I'd be inclined to pass such a machine over unless it's truly a rarity. I'm not so sure this is, though, I've seen a couple here in the UK (in similarly grim condition!), so am inclined to think that a better one will crop up sooner or later.

That said, it could well be a useful parts source, even if it proves unworthy of a full resto & $25 isn't a lot of money... I'd still make a low ball offer though, pointing out its many flaws to see how the guy responds. If he's been trying to 'get rid' for some time, he might just go for $15 (although I'd start by offering $10).

 

13-11-2017 13:14:13  #124


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Hi Mark

​Just took a look at the Craiglist ad linked to your post, I've seen these units in this color before, though not a common as black. The machine is also filthy and will require a complete take down and a solvent bath in order to get all that dirt and grime out of the mechanism. The body work looks like it would be benefit from an application of Scrubbing Bubbles™, a gentle scrub with a soft bristled brush and rinse off with hot water in order to get down to the true color. Just be careful around the water transfer lettering.

The condition of the platen would be a complete unknown, but by the pictures, it doesn't really look that healthy. With being a less common color, the chances of getting a replacement spool cap would be pretty slim. Other than that, the machine looks like it would be an interesting challenge. All the best,

​Sky

 

13-11-2017 13:45:20  #125


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Go check it out, at least. If it seems a total disaster then walk away or offer very little. But if it seems to be restorable, then what the heck. You should be able to find a spool cover (some color) somewhere. The noiseless machines are remarkable pieces of engineering, and when they work well, they are great. Don't forget to check the feet -- easy to forget to turn it over. Oh, and you will need heavily inked ribbon for these, which may require a little extra searching.

 

21-11-2017 19:05:12  #126


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Just came across this listing in an estate sale. I know Smiths aren't super rare, but what the heck is going on with the carriage here?!

https://images.craigslist.org/00n0n_l1h7JtEdxb5_1200x900.jpg

 

21-11-2017 19:17:42  #127


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Here's another view from the listing. Why is the carriage up so high?
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/57896454_lc-smith-typewriter

 

21-11-2017 19:20:41  #128


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Safe to say you can file that one as a 'needs work' machine.

It's not a new phenomenon that some typewriters end up being butchered by those who think they can repair them, but instead end up abandoning the machine in some state of disassembly when they realize that they've attempted something that was over their heads. It happens often enough now, but the dust on that L.C. Smith proves that it used to happen back then too. The other side of the coin is that it needed repair and parts, and its previous owner opted not to bother with the expense, but given how this particular typewriter was left I'd put money on the first scenario that some shade tree mechanic had a crack at fixing it.


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21-11-2017 19:23:35  #129


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Markmotown wrote:

Why is the carriage up so high?

​Someone removed it, presumably as part of a botched repair, and then used a length of typewriter ribbon to tie it to the machine (for some reason).
 


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12-12-2017 17:31:18  #130


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Someone with a Smith Premier totally needs this: https://newlondon.craigslist.org/atq/d/antique-smith-premier/6418987490.html

 

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