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Maintenance & Repairs » Olympia Mod. 8 - carriage movement » 23-2-2019 16:44:23

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Hi there, 
I've found a new typewriter in my vicinity that I was able to pick-up for a low price. 
The fact it was available in my own town (which isn't very large), and is in very good cosmetic condition, made me want to give it a go and try to fix it.

So far, the only problem I've found is that the carriage will not move to the right (i.e. you can't do a carriage return), if you don't press the carriage release.
All other movement works just fine (carriage movement to the left is no problem either). 
What it looks like, is that the main star wheel that the carriage rides on, is stuck. At least, that's what I guess is the problem, because I believe this star wheel should be able to move freely. (I know how to take the carriage off, so I can freely access the star wheel itself, but haven't been able to take a good look at the escapement below it).

Is my assumption correct, and does nayone have any idea on where I should look to loosen this part? Or do you think there's some problem with the escapement that the star wheel won't turn freely clockwise? 

Thanks in advance for your advice/help as always!

Maintenance & Repairs » Some problems with a Olympia SM9 » 29-7-2018 01:44:33

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Good to hear dropping the eyelet fixed a large part of your problem.
I can't really help you much, considering my SM9 is so different, but if it were my SM having these problems, I'd take a look at whatever is supposed to keep the ribbon movement going in one direction, without going the other way with the slightest tension. On my video, the mechanism that takes care of that, seems to be the one I show between 00:29 and 00:33 below the ribbon spool.
That thing pushes on the ribbon movement thing, and keeps it in place (sorry I don't know the correct terminology). If that's pushing too hard, it won't reverse (or in your case when you had the eyelet in, if there's not enough tension, it won't budge) and alternatively, if it might be too loose, it might not stay into fixed position (causing no movement of the ribbon).
It's just a guess, because I really do not know how your SM9 looks (other than from the video) but like I said, that's where I'd start looking if it were my SM9.
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Some problems with a Olympia SM9 » 28-7-2018 05:57:51

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Hi there.
So I compared the reverse mechanism on my SM9s to yours. First of all, I have to disappoint and say that my reverse mechanism is very different from yours. You probably have a later version of the SM9 where it's changed.
Here's a video on how it works on my machine:

https://youtu.be/9Ui0dVls9HY

As you can see, the mechanism is different.

But looking at your video again made me notice something. I saw that the ribbon you have installed, has eyelets. I've only ever used ribbons without eyelets as the Olympia machines are made to work without them. Perhaps the eyelet is causing the trouble, and you might try using a ribbon without an eyelets, see if that makes the machines pull harder on the ribbon, tripping the reverse mechanism.
It might not work, but I'd say it's worth a try!

Maintenance & Repairs » Some problems with a Olympia SM9 » 24-7-2018 22:35:09

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Great to hear some of our answers were able to help. Thanks also for the video, now I know that replacing the spring should help.

As for your spool reverse; your video is very clear, and shows a lot of detail. What I can do, is take out one of my SM9's tonight and see what it looks like on mine, see how that compares to what yours does on the video. I'm no typewriter repairman, so my suggestion might be way off, but I hope it's better than nothing.

I assume you checked whether any parts are moving with difficulty, or experiencing too much friction?
I can imagine that if the thing that is being moved by the ribbon (the 'gate' thing) doesn't move far enough, it might be hitting on some kind of friction, and because of the spring, is being pulled back into a previous position. 

 

Portable Typewriters » Segment shift Olivettis? » 17-7-2018 01:01:14

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Lettera 32 has a metal shell. All Olivetti portables made beyond the 50s (Lettera and Studio lines) have segment shift. Earlier portables (Studio 42, MP1 Invicta and Ico's) have carriage shift.

As for comparing Lettera to Olympia Traveller de Luxe, I'm not such a fan of the latter. The Olympia Traveller, though extremely sturdy, still has a lot of plastic, and is carriage shifted. The Lettera 22 / 32 looks stunning, has an all metal shell (although some later-day Lettera 32's produced in Spain, Yugoslavia and Mexico have some plastic parts), has a tabulator and is of course, segment shifted. 

As for Lettera 22 and Lettera 32, there are a lot of differences, most of them internally, and it is a matter of preference which you like better. I'm a fan of the Lettera 32, but I an see why some would prefer the Lettera 22 (which feels sturdier, less 'cheap', if you will).

 

Maintenance & Repairs » Some problems with a Olympia SM9 » 17-7-2018 00:54:08

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Dear Chicoliro,

I recently acquired some Olympia SMs and they have problems that are similar:

1. 
The paperrest is also bent (or is tilting slightly too much to the left) on two of my machines. I assumed this is due to heavy use of the paperrest, and has caused a small dent on the frame, that was supposed to stop it at just the right spot. I think this can be easily fixed by 'filling' up the dent, and causing the paperrest to stop at the right spot. Perhaps some well-placed duct-tape will fix the problem (though it might not look that pretty).

2.
Haven't had this problem, so sorry to say I can't help you with this.

3.
This problem I've encountered. In my case, the carriage lock was bent slightly, causing too much friction, and not allowing it to 'return' to its naturally engaged position. The carriage lock in fact wants to be engaged all the time, due to a spring that pulls it forward. In my case, the lock was bent slightly to the left, preventing it from moving freely from disengaged to engaged position. Moving it slightly, cautiously to the right freed it up, and now it moves just fine.

4.
This problem I've seen on two of my machines, both SM9's, so it's probably fairly common. I've yet to figure out what the problem is exactly is, but I presume it's weakened springs, and if you were to look at the springs that keep the touch control in place, and replace some of those, you'll probably be set to go. Not sure which to replace first, though, as I've yet to try this myself.
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Weird screws on Olivetti Lettera 32 » 19-6-2018 08:14:16

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Thanks for all your advice.
Sounds like this really is a big job (considering I also need to find replacements if I'm taking these out), so I'll leave the machine as it is for now. It actually works fine, and the platen is 'OK'.

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 16-6-2018 13:49:54

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My latest edition:

https://image.ibb.co/iajCVJ/IMG_20180616_202754.jpg

Maintenance & Repairs » Weird screws on Olivetti Lettera 32 » 16-6-2018 13:48:52

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Hi there,

I'm looking for some expertise.
Has anyone encountered the below screws on the right-hand platen knob on the Olivetti Lettera 32 model before? They are not the same as I have on my other Lettera 32 (which is made a year or two before this one), and I can't figure out what to use to open this.
Is it some kind of special Olivetti screw that you can't open unless you have the proper Olivetti tools or am I just too ignorant, and can it be opened with a simple tool.

https://image.ibb.co/dohzAJ/IMG_20180616_202139.jpg

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