Monday, 8 March 2021

Typewriter - Adler J5, 1974, Replacement Feet


This Adler J5 is a lovely typewriter to use.  Everything about this machine was in good as new condition, including the cardboard typebar protector.  The only problem was the feet.

The replacement is in the same picture as the old foot.  The new ones came through eBay from Alltrade Supply of California. The description for them is in the screenshot below.  These come in a pack of 8.

The hole each foot needs to fit looks like this.

Put a drop of hand soap on the button, and with the foot at a slight angle, screw the button into the hole by hand.  The operation was easier than getting the pieces of the old feet out, without dropping them into the mechanism.  Here's the underside of the typewriter with all four new feet fitted.

Happy typing!

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Typewriter paper support for an Oliver Courier, 1957

This British made Patria variant Oliver Courier typewriter is very portable, however it does not have a paper support.  This is annoying if what you have typed so far is not visible. There is a paper table at the back, and with this design I used an old wire coathanger, and a single small electrical zip tie.

At the back of the typewriter, there is paper release lever bar that runs the length of the carriage.  The zip tie is already in place on it in the picture. To the back of the machine, is the  toothed margin bar.  The coathanger paper support will tuck under the paper release bar and over the margin bar, to stick out at the same angle as the paper table.

The lengths and angles of the parts of the wire coathanger support are shown in the following pictures.  They are not  measured to the 1,000ths of an inch, and they don't have to be, which is good when you are bending wire.
 Here is the shape you are aiming for.  You need one side of a wire coathanger, minus the hook, to make this.  Bend one side at a time into shape, then follow what you have done on the other side.

The length of the support to the first bend is here.

Bend the wire up at the first bend to 120 degrees or so.

The second bend comes just after an inch.

The bend needs to be about 120 degrees again, back in the direction of the first side, close to parallel with it.

After about an inch and a quarter you make a hook.

This hook is only about half an inch, bend to end.

The distance between the two sides at the top is shown here.

Between the two hooks, the distance is shown here.

Fit the support in position like this.

When it is central, and you have tested it, add the zip tie to the left of the paper release bar, as seen from the back, but inside the left hand hook.  The tendancy is for the support to drift towards the carriage return lever end when you are typing, and the zip tie is enough to stop that.

In position, seen from the right, the support looks like this.

This shows it follows the angle of the small paper table, and supports the paper as you type.

Rear view.

When you put the typewriter back in its case, the support can rest on the platen and the typebars like this.

It will clear the lid of the case when you replace it.

Happy typing!

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Typewriter paper support for an Underwood Champion 1950


This Underwood Champion is a nice typewriter to use, with a nicely designed shape.  What it doesn't have is a paper support to stop the paper flopping down the back of the carriage, so you can't see what you typed a few minutes ( or hours) ago.

Looking at the carriage from the front, you see a pair of slots, separated by about an inch or so. At the back there are two slots that align with the front ones.
Moving the carriage using the carriage release levers to the left and the right, you can see through the slots from the front.  There is nothing between them that would be damaged by threading something through those slots.

Looking at different options, good garden wire, like this, will slide through those slots.

The following measurements do not have to be exact.  Cut a length of around  14", and bend it by hand into this shape with sides about 6 1/2",

and the short piece just over an inch.

Site this shape in front of the carriage like this.

Push the ends through the slots.

Now bend the front part upwards to form a paper support.  The soft, plastic-covered wire will not hurt the finish, or scratch the metal.

Roll in some paper, and type away.  The wire is strong enough to hold up your paper.

When not in use, the paper support can be pulled from the slots, and left on top of the platen roller in the typewriter's case.
Happy typing!

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Typewriter paper support for a Royal Standard Portable Model O

 The Royal Standard Model O is a nice typewriter. To make it easy to read what you've typed, a paper support is worth making.  This is not a big deal, and can be done in about half an hour using a wooden clothespeg and a popsicle stick:

Separate one side of the clothespeg, so you have one side and the spring remaining:

Ease the popsicle stick under the side of the spring:

Rotate the stick until it is clipped in place:

Slide the stick up until the bottom of the stick is in line with the bottom of the clothespeg half:

Clip this to the middle of the paper table, and your typewriter has a paper support!

Here it is in position:

The soft wood will not mar the paintwork or the Royal decal on the paper table.  When not in use, the support can be kept in the typewriter case: