This Royal model 10 was brought in for repair and needed a ton of work. Someone really used this typewriter . . . a lot.
A genuine dirt bucket, this machine needed a heavy cleaning and the type bar rest fell apart as I was cleaning the type faces. The platen had seen an amazing amount of wear, the paper rollers disintegrating and pretty much if it was rubber that stuff had seen better days! After assessing the machine, we agreed it needed a complete refurbishment. I think of refurbishments as extreme delayed maintenance. So much to do!
I sent the platen and the large rear paper roller to J.J. Short and made the front paper rollers and paper bale rollers in the shop. The feet and rubber frame spacers were squished beyond recognition and it was fun to carve them out of the machine.
The left side ribbon feed was hanging up on a couple type bar links that were bent and rubbing against the mechanism. I don’t see that very often, and was happy when reforming the links away from the ribbon feed worked nicely.
I enjoy polishing the older Royals, they have such lovely paint when cleaned and shiny. This machine cleaned up very well and with the new platen the impression on paper is divine.
Oh, and I like how this Royal had a completely covered bottom.