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Typewriters - Private Sellers Only » Online Stores To Purchase Vintage Typewriters? » 23-8-2014 08:38:43

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Wow, that's pretty bad.  I would never underestimate that damage the USPS, or anyone else for that matter, could do slamming parcels around, but your typewriter is in a travel case ! !   I suspect there was something wrong with the typewriter to begin and the seller quickly closed the travel case lid and shipped it to you a.s.a.p.  'Sorry that happened to you, but it's out there !

Maintenance & Repairs » Platen replacement: Heat-shrink tubing » 10-8-2014 09:19:40

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I have reservations about using Heat Shrink Tubing for such applications; I'm very familiar with those product having used them for years in electronics.  Nothing terrible, but upon returning to room temperature it's surface will be smooth; perhaps too smooth for the proper traction needed to help feed paper.  Further, it may be too firm for uniform typing impacts.
What I will suggest is contacting a company (with just one google search I've found four different outfits) that resurfaces "pinch"  or "capstan" rollers.  Though past their prime, such drive mechanisms are still used in industry for video and audio tape recording, film and scientific recorders.
I've had such work done at a former employer only several years ago and price was about $20, but that's not a typewriter platen.  The surface was excellent, cleanable and of course seamless.  Even if the company you contact cannot resurface a platen he will know what you're trying to achieve and maybe point you to some one who can.
Good Luck,
Jim

Maintenance & Repairs » Smith Corona Corsair - ideas on bottom plastic case removal. » 10-8-2014 08:58:40

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Hello Everyone !
Before I break anything, I'd appreciate any advice on removing the Plastic Bottom Case to a Smith Corona Corsair (S/N 6Y480604).
I've found four mounting screws attaching the typewriter to the Bottom Case at:
     Right Front - near Red Tab button
     Left Front - near Shift/Shift Lock button
     Right Rear - near Right Platen knob
     Left Rear - near Left Platen knob
I've removed the screws;  the cover doesn't give and I don't want to pry too far.  Does any one know if there is something I'm missing?  I want to remove the bottom as there are some eraser remnants that need to be cleaned-out as well as some curious orange colored flakes.  I don't know yet, but my guess is they're Cheese-Its.
Regards,
Jim
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Smith Corona Corsair - A few missing parts? » 10-8-2014 08:34:46

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Jayson: 
Thank you for the great pictures!  They're of great help to me in figuring out how to disassemble and do some clean-up on my Smith Corona Corsair  (S/N 6Y480604, tan color) Carriage-Platen assembly.  My Corsair however has one slight production variation (unfortunately I don't have a camera).  Whereas your photos show the Carriage Return Lever attached by a pin and retained by e-clip, my unit has a threaded cheese-head screw through the handle and metal spaced then onto to pivot assembly.
Thanks again,
Jim

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 02-8-2014 07:59:07

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Hello Uwe !
Nasty?  I gladly accept your evaluation as you know more about typewriters than I do.  As I recall, the Smith Corona Corsair was about the least expensive typewriter at the time; in my case, I'll guess 1966?
It got me through school and university and I guess I'd like to repair this one (it's not my original unit) as I doubt there is much wrong with it.  (That's how some of my biggest adventures have started! )
What we used in school was all together different.  I mostly recall Royal machines, though there were others.  They all were the smoothest, clockwork machines in operation and their construction seemed bullet-proof.  I'm intrigued with the possibility of picking up any one of those machines that in those days was out of my league.
Best Regards.
Jim
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 01-8-2014 13:41:11

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Hello Everyone !

My name is Jim and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I'm a new member having just joined after discovering Typewriter Talk on a search for Smith-Corona Corsair (UK) repair info.  I'm aged 62, old enough to say I had a required-for-graduation Typing Class in school and found that skill to be most useful.  Though my typing skills are rusty, I do use all ten fingers (OK, eight fingers and two thumbs) just as I still use the index finger to dial phone numbers and turn on and off most appliances.

I'm still finding my way around the forum and appreciate the logical layout with which posting are submitted; it beats some forums which are little more than one long bulletin board.  Good Work to all. 

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