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Maintenance & Repairs » Royal 'O' vs. Quiet De Luxe » 31-10-2019 14:42:31

John Earley
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This is good information to know. If I need it, there it is. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/happy.png

Maintenance & Repairs » When you can't find the part you need...... » 25-10-2019 15:21:33

John Earley
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After winding a new spring out of .010 piano wire and installing all the parts, the Rocket works just fine. Actually, installing the parts with the tiny spring was more work than making the darn things. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png


Now, since I have no more machines that need work, I'm on the hunt for a semi-dead one that I can resuscitate. 

Maintenance & Repairs » When you can't find the part you need...... » 16-10-2019 17:52:17

John Earley
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This shows the original left side ribbon rewind part and the new fabricated part for the right side of a Hermes Rocket.
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Silver soldered replacement part for a Hermes Rocket ribbon rewind by JOHN EARLEY, on Flickr

I also had to silver solder the paper bail back together.
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Silver soldering on a Hermes Rocket paper bail by JOHN EARLEY, on Flickr

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Silver soldering on a Hermes Rocket paper bail-2 by JOHN EARLEY, on Flickr

Maintenance & Repairs » Micro-welding » 16-10-2019 15:53:29

John Earley
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You could try silver solder. Might not work but it's worth a try.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48910772362_1b64dfb244_c.jpg
Silver soldered replacement part for a Hermes Rocket ribbon rewind by JOHN EARLEY, on Flickr

Maintenance & Repairs » When you can't find the part you need...... » 19-9-2019 17:28:31

John Earley
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IanJ wrote:

My mistake! I didn't read it accurately...in that case, good luck with it! I had to fabricate some replacement metal lugs for the back panel of a Royal Model P case (along with the piece of panel that the original lugs disappeared with...). I struggled to find out what the original ones looked like, but accuracy of design wasn't that critical and on a larger scale than your challenge. I bought a used pillar drill and a used bench grinder off eBay, which have been really useful.

I'm very fortunate that I have a small machine shop with lathe, mill, drill, welders, bandsaw, etc. I also have quite a bit of woodworking equipment. You are right. The diminutive size makes creating an accurate part difficult even though I have a sample to copy. But that's part of the fun.

Maintenance & Repairs » When you can't find the part you need...... » 18-9-2019 17:19:03

John Earley
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IanJ wrote:

A very fine piece of work, notably given the scale! Well done.

I didn't express myself very well. I haven't made the part yet. That is the part I have to copy.
 

Maintenance & Repairs » When you can't find the part you need...... » 17-9-2019 18:47:56

John Earley
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You just have to fabricate one.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48750747426_c527258992_z.jpg
Ribbon Wind Part For 1960 Hermes Rocket Typewriter by JOHN EARLEY, on Flickr

I doubt I'd be able to find the part I need so I'll be fabricating one to replace the one missing on my latest acquisition. I have a different Rocket that is from the same year, just 112 serial numbers between them, so I have a part I can copy in my shop. I foresee lots of hand filing and fitting after a bit of machining.

Type Talk » Repair or restore? » 01-9-2019 16:25:05

John Earley
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Although I don't disagree with JVC, I would guess that there are probably hundreds of typewriters out in the wild for every collector/user around today. Except for a few rare types, I'm not worried about running out of typewriters for some time. 

That said, I would say that building perfect machines would be the way to go for collectors. For users, lots of machines that may not be perfect but work would be the way to go.

Maintenance & Repairs » What is the best break-in method for a new typewriter. » 01-9-2019 11:40:53

John Earley
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You are correct that the lubricants had dried out over the years that the typewriter sat unused. That was easily remedied and then I found why it had not been placed into use. This must have been a Friday afternoon machine assembly. The ribbon vibrator mechanism was improperly installed and the space bar had plastic mold flash inhibiting its return to the normal position after being depressed. Again both were easily remedied and the machine functions like a new machine should.

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