Before we go any further, I want to assure you that this post is not an April Fool's Day prank. The typecast below is from this typewriter, as found, with no lube, adjustments or ribbon replacement. It was going to be taken apart until I happened to try a few keys. Sigh.
Just like the Arrow (a rebadged QDL) said, I bought it for the sole purpose of cannibalizing a funky screw that actuates the back space mechanism. (Correction: that was $2.00 and worth it just for the screw.) The love interest mentioned above is much prettier and exclusive and theoretically had an easier and pampered life. However, the screw in question was missing or had been removed. And I assure you that she required much lube and adjustment to work properly. (Famous ebay seller quote: "Looks like this has never been used!")
This beast looks like it has been to Hell and back, but it works nearly perfectly with only two typebars sticking at the platen. I'm not sure if the margin release key works; I'll have to bend it back into position to find out.
In high school, when I first started working on cars and motorcycles, I liked the ones that were rough around the edges with good, strong engines. It was partly due to not having much to spend on cars and partly because I just making things work. I self-taught on engine rebuilding way back when and drove some really scroungy looking cars. But they ran, and I respect that.
The guy I bought this and a mint Polaroid 95 Land Camera from organizes a great rod show that I absolutely must attend. If you like homebrew rat rods and customs, check out photos of Greaserama taken by a friend of mine at http://public.fotki.com/boxstersys/all_thing_automotive/various_car_events/greaserama-2011/
My family unit has engaged me in a "discussion" on what degree of clean this machine should be. I'm leaning towards the barn rat rod approach. The essential nature of this machine is expressed through total neglect and still having the heart of a champion. My three girls gazed upon me with various expressions ranging from baleful reproach to Sheldon-is-trying-to-make-your head-explode as they argued for continued existence and mechanical cleaning and lubrication.
If you have read their blogs (which I set up for them) you know how opinionated they are. I am, perhaps, doomed.
So, gentle reader, what do you think? Should I give the innards a clean and lube? Should I clean the dirt off the body? That risks removing some over spray, but I think the auto paint blobs aren't going anywhere. Up front, I have to tell you that "boat anchor", "door stop" and "junk robot parts" are welcome opinions protected by the First Amendment. However, sentimentality for functional mechanical things as outweighed reason in this case.
Also, 1950's car club nickname suggestions are appreciated.
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Heads up: It is Royal week at vintagetechobsessions. The aforementioned love interest was my birthday present and it really is pretty. I'll just say it is a study in contrasts. Stay tuned!