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  1. Guest

    i have recently discovered my late father's selectric that has been
    unused for about 25 years. as an engineer i have enjoyed getting it
    back in order (what a feat of IBM mechanical engineering!) and now
    everything works perfectly EXCEPT the lever for switching between 10
    characters/inch and 12 c/in. it moves only abit but doesn't seem to
    slot into place and character spacing stays on 12 regardless of a 10 c/
    in golfball inplace. i dont want to force anything. can anyone help?
    ps also found boxes of unused typing 'ribbons' ,the use once type,
    which are still giving top quality print - amazing.
     
  2. JANA

    JANA Guest

    You should do a Google search and look around for someone who can service
    this for you. As for myself, I would want to properly preserve this prize
    typewriter. I would give it out to a professional service man and pay the
    few dollars to have it properly fixed.

    I have an old Remington from 1963. I found someone near to me that was still
    servicing these for collectors. It is now in very good condition.

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    i have recently discovered my late father's selectric that has been
    unused for about 25 years. as an engineer i have enjoyed getting it
    back in order (what a feat of IBM mechanical engineering!) and now
    everything works perfectly EXCEPT the lever for switching between 10
    characters/inch and 12 c/in. it moves only abit but doesn't seem to
    slot into place and character spacing stays on 12 regardless of a 10 c/
    in golfball inplace. i dont want to force anything. can anyone help?
    ps also found boxes of unused typing 'ribbons' ,the use once type,
    which are still giving top quality print - amazing.
     
  3. hemyd

    hemyd Guest

    Having serviced thousands of Selectrics over 25 years ago, I can tell you
    they don't like lying around unused. The oil combines with dust and "gunges
    up" moving parts. As well as the pitch lever (10/12) jamming, you can expect
    keys on the keyboard to feel stiff and jam, and you can expect the several
    spring clutches to slip. As a first course of action I would recommend a
    thorough washout with solvent (kerosine will do), then a careful lubrication
    of various components. Getting hold of a service manual is necessary, as
    there are many fiddly adjustments.

    Henry.
    Australia
     
  4. You call 1963 old? :)

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  5. Well, not for YOU. After all, you built your first radio with a
    brand new Fleming valve that he made just for you! ;-)


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  6. Nah, they were already in the discount bin at Radio Shack. :)

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  7. Uh. Yeah. Sure. Ok. If you say so. ;-)


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  8. Guest

    At any of the thrift stores around here, I wouldn't give more than three
    dollars for any kinds of typewriters (not nowadays, anyway) no matter
    how ''good'' such and such a typewriter is supposed to be.
    cuhulin
     
  9. Guest

    You may already have this manual, however, here are my 2C.

    The following link has some manuals for IBM Selectric/Selectric ii
    Typewriters. May help you in solving your problem.

    http://www.selectric.org/selectric/manualii/index.html

    Regards,

    Ravi.

    (India)
     
  10. Guest

    d - i'm in exactly the same situation your are - i'm an engineer with
    my late dad's selectric typewriter and would like to refurbish it.
    I'm reluctant to pay $30-50 for a copy of a service manual of unknown
    value and one that probably cost the current owner almost nothing to
    copy on to a CD. Can you provide a copy of a manual at a reasonable
    cost? Would be happy to share technical solutions with you regarding
    any problems and tricks we discover along the way. sincerely,

    Barry Hoberman
     
  11. Luc

    Luc Guest

    And I would actually pick it up, recondition it and walk away with a
    75%+ profit margin. I still sell a lot of used typewriters and still
    get a lot of them in for repairs.
     
  12. Luc

    Luc Guest

    Heck, I still repair the old mechanical typewriters. I have a couple
    of writers that always bring their typewriters in for tune ups. They
    claim that nobody can hack their typewriters and that is why they
    still use them.
     
  13. Luc

    Luc Guest

    The pitch lever should be on the left side of the platten so remove
    the platten and check to make sure the pan is sitting in place
    properly. The other problem will be the platten gear. The pitch hook
    should have a spring attached to it, make sure it is there and it is
    also in good shape. Make sure that the gear on the platten is not loos
    or slipping. There should be some spline screws to tighten it up with.
     
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