This typewriter is a 1937 LC Smith model 11 that I picked up at a flea market. It had a number of problems, such as the carriage would hang (and when it didn't hang it squeaked), the space bar only worked randomly, shifted characters did not type on the same line as non-shifted characters, some of the key tops were unreadable, and the entire machine was filthy -- inside and out.
But the price was right -- $15. And, it looked like all the parts were there. So, I brought it home to see if I could get it back to something of the machine it once was.
Step 1: Tools and supplies required
I have no specialized tools to work on typewriters, so I make do with what I have in my little shop. From a tool perspective, I used the following:
- precision screwdrivers (gunsmith screwdrivers)
- needle nosed pliers
- a 5/16th combination wrench
- a small brass hammer
- air compressor (for blowing out cobwebs)
In terms of supplies:
- Q-tips (about 250 of them)
- coarse automotive rubbing compound
- fine automotive rubbing compound
- automobile wax
- metal polish
- and more rags than I could count