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
- 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
Step 2: Fixing the space bar
Turning the typewriter on its back (photo 2) I found the problem, actually two problems. First, a screw was missing that attached the space bar to the space bar lever (noted in photo 2). Also, the stops on the space bar had been bent downward, probably from someone pulling up on them because of the problem with the carriage hanging up. I bent them back into position using my needle nose pliers, replaced the screw, and all was well once again in space bar land!