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IBM Selectric Typewriters (Read 57 times)
Jun 22nd, 2019 at 4:46am

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As some of you know I've worked on these typewriters for along time ...since 1971 anyway believe it or not many people want these machines in working order. I have about 40 in my shop now. The biggest problem is the cycle clutch pulley cracks & continues until it starts to wobble & makes a very loud noise then falls apart. There are replacement pulleys for around $40.00 plus shipping & it takes around 1-2 hrs to clean & install one. Usually the cracks are not to bad on most of the machines but will get bad fast once the machine is loosened up & running again.  I'm not going to get to technical but the belt & cycle clutch spring needs to be changed too. I finally figured out how to save a hub without replacing it. (this requires much more disassembly & broken adjustments) It was so simple to solve & I'm not telling anyone Huh  This saves money on a rebuild & 1-2 hrs which makes rebuilding these machines very profitable  Cool I surfed the internet & talked to many techs over the years & some have come up with solutions but none as easy & permanent as I have Roll Eyes & I'm not talking except on the corvette forum where they are likely not lurking.
Alan Smiley
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Reply #1 - Jun 24th, 2019 at 7:25am

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That is awesome! Those old type writers were top dog back in the day!
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Reply #2 - Jun 24th, 2019 at 9:43am

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I used to have 16 techs that serviced approx 20,000 IBM's mostly selectrics in the tri state area. I trained most of them on the selectrics. It has approx 306 adjustments so as close as .001-.003 & about 3000 parts ( never counted). I still remember most of the adjustments...makes working on cars pretty easy Grin
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Reply #3 - Jun 25th, 2019 at 9:36pm

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Pretty sure I typed on a IBM Selectric Typewriter in high school, did 49 words a minute, missed the cut to advance to next class. I took the class just to be with the girls... I was the only guy in there. LOL
 

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