This customer’s typewriter had a few items for me to correct. The shift mechanism was interfering with the space bar, shift lock was not locking, ribbon feed was sluggish, paper would not feed unless two sheets were used, and boy this little guy was filthy. I label typewriters that come into my shop, mostly for some fun and this one is Coffee Shop. There was so much food crumbs and sticky mess in the mechanisms this guy must have been used while eating, and eating and eating…
It took a good vacuuming, then brushing, then compressed air, more and more cleaning until the sticky mess finally freed up the internal links.
Taking apart the carriage revealed four paper rollers that had flattened over time. On this model the rollers ride on a small wire that has a knurled end that is press fit in place. This is a notoriously breakable part. It was nice to use the new lathe to clean up the rollers.
After the clean up, new rollers, and re-oiling the machine started behaving like a Model 5 should.