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Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 09-8-2014 04:20:38

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OK, that worked, but they're the wrong way round obviously. You can see where the gold lettering washed off.

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 09-8-2014 04:18:53

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http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/JeepyBoy/UnderwoodNo5AfterInitialClean_zps65751550.jpg
Well, not sure that worked, so will try a different way!

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q678/JeepyBoy/UnderwoodNo5BeforeCleaning_zps622a933e.jpg

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 09-8-2014 04:14:07

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OK, here goes... before cleaning - 

http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/JeepyBoy/media/UnderwoodNo5BeforeCleaning_zps622a933e.jpg.html


and after initial cleaning - 

http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/JeepyBoy/media/UnderwoodNo5AfterInitialClean_zps65751550.jpg.html


I have since partially dismantled the machine and cleaned it up a lot more, so will most likely summit more pics, either here and/or under restoration.

Maintenance & Repairs » Oh dear, how do I clean my Olivetti Valentine? » 09-8-2014 03:35:35

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Thanks, it seems better already (I think I used a non-abrasive cream cleaner).

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 07-8-2014 01:10:34

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Thanks, I'll need to get organised with that. I'll post pictures soon, hopefully.

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 06-8-2014 16:43:06

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Looking elsewhere i realise it must be a 5 as it has 84 characters. The serial number would suggest it's from 1920. When I bought it, it was extremely 'cruddy'  - see picture No. 1 if I can load one. I was very excited about getting it home and cleaning it up, however, after carefully applying warm soapy water to the paintwork - shock, horror! - I noticed that I had almost completely washed away the gold decal from the paper guide, if that's what it's called. And I nearly did the same with the front logo. But there were no other markings visible on it at all (none at the bottom front edge and no edging marks). So it is now a very dark machine indeed - I wonder if new decals can be transfered on? See picture No. 2 if I can put it up (basic cleaning). No, sorry, I don't know how to upload images.

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 06-8-2014 14:24:51

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Thanks. No, there's no string but I bought some cotton twine today which will probably do. I'll have to fashion some way of connecting it. I believe it attaches to a screw under the platten. Platten comes off easily enough, so i can take a look later. The serial number was very hard to see as the machine is so worn. I did make out the following, though: 1 36 1 364 by using a magnifying light. The 'ones' are much more distinct and are actually just solid vertical bars compared to the much feinter other numbers. I wonder if it is a model 5 - how can I differentiate between, say, a model 3 and a model 5? They seem quite similar.

Maintenance & Repairs » Drawstring for Underwood No. 5 » 06-8-2014 03:07:16

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Hi - I have just acquired an Underwood No. 5 and am planning to restore it. Firstly, the drawstring is missing - can anyone suggest a suitable type of cord to use as a replacement? i.e. flat or round? Also, I can't find the serial number which may have worn (?) as the machine is quite corroded in places. Where should I look? Many thanks, John (getting serious about my typewriter obsession!)

Maintenance & Repairs » Oh dear, how do I clean my Olivetti Valentine? » 04-8-2014 14:05:18

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Just received my Olivetti Valentine in excellent condition, but being a cleaning obsessive I applied some 'trade wipes' to the plastic finish. These wipes are great for cleaning just about anything normally, but have produced a dull effect on the Valentine. Does anyone know of a plastic restorer that might bring back the original shine? Here's hoping! John.

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