This Remington Standard 7 typewriter came to the shop a few years too late to get it running again. The customer felt very sad since the machine had been in the family so many years. Being stored in garages, storage containers and the like added rust to decades of idle time. Without the rust a Remington Standard typewriter works decade after decade.
I was reluctant to take this one on and the customer was very convincing, even adamant something needed to be done. In this case we decided it would be too many hours to get it functioning and to spend our time making the machine a nice display for the library.
With wooden slats for the key levers it could not stand a bath, desperately needed. Instead, the order of the day was meticulous hand washing, vacuuming of debris and dismantling of key components to rid as much of the rust as reasonable.
The space bar was delaminated, keyboard was missing the “A” key and the spring drum assembly was broken from the frame; then Don came to the rescue www.typewriterfever.com. He stopped by the shop and when I related to him about the Remington and he brought a whole bunch of key levers to pick through.
When I told the customer I found an “A”, she said YES! Don is magic with the TIG welder and volunteered to put the spring drum frame to the test. This is a very small casting and not a simple weld. Thank you Don!
For a display, this turned out nice.