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01-3-2018 17:34:48  #1


Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

I recently acquired a 1951(?) Royal De Luxe in pretty decent shape. Aside from a broken right platen knob, the only real issue is the spacebar doesn't seem to advance the carriage with a normal push. If I "slap" the spacebar with a good deal of force, the carriage advances, but not if I push it in the normal course of typing. Keys seem to advance the carriage just fine. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Jeff

 

01-3-2018 20:10:42  #2


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

The first thing to look at may be to check if the space bar is able to travel sufficiently far downwards when tapped.  Either the supporting brackets may be bent, or there may be gunk under the bar or on the top of the pads it is supposed to hit.


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01-3-2018 21:17:50  #3


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

Space bar is moving fine, no gunk under the pads. I did notice if I follow the connection up and push on one of the levers, it takes some effort but the Starwheel (?) gets moved. I think the roller is misaligned to the starwheel (if I"m using those terms correctly). I don't know if that's right or how to fix it.
 

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01-3-2018 22:02:15  #4


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

The QDLs are known for this issue. My '47 model also has this 'word-joiner' function, whereby the space bar doesn't seem to advance the carriage every time. Slowing down my typing speed seems to solve the problem. 


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07-3-2018 16:37:16  #5


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

update: I found a couple of things: part of the frame was bent upwards which didn't allow the spacebar to go down all the way. Still requires a good deal of force to get the spacebar to advance the carriage, very "clunky". What I noticed it the roller on the escapement lines up directly with the teeth on the starwheel. As you push on the spacebar it's not moving the starwheel until it eventually slips underneath it and advances the carriage with a clunk. Is it supposed to be lined up like that? is there an adjustment that needs to be made? Thanks, Jeff

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10-3-2018 11:27:46  #6


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

https://imgur.com/rywBTIu
https://imgur.com/rywBTIu
So this is my first image upload. I noticed that the roller is directly lined up with the starwheel. Once enough force is added to the spacebar, the roller slips under the starwheel and advances the carriage. It isn't smooth or easier. If you just press on the spacebar it won't advance. Is there a way to fix this or is this how it is supposed to look? Thanks,Jeff

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10-3-2018 11:44:34  #7


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13-3-2018 16:27:52  #8


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

I'm really kind of stumped on this one. Really got some degreaser in there, put a drop of gun oil on the mechanism and it helps a bit but still doesn't work right. I'm still not sure this is aligned right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm frustrated that I can't seem to figure this out...I might have to shelf it and work on something easier for a while!

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15-3-2018 04:03:25  #9


Re: Royal QDL spacebar not always advancing carriage

Update: Fixed...someone pointed me in the right direction. The metal tab under the roller needed to be formed towards the back of the machine. Once I did that, it started working better! Thanks!

PS Am I the only person who gets excited when my name changes on this forum? I've been upgraded to "Platen Punisher"

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