The Pinkmett One



Remember this machine? My aunty had found this machine in Darwin and gave it to me!
In Darwin. Exactly. I know right?!
Never thought that there would be a wild typewriter here.

Anyway, after 8 months of procrastinations and dibble-dabblings (egad!) this machine got the cleaning and taking aparts in my crazy cleaning spree. Got home from really motivated one particularly hot Sunday arvo and started taking this Adler body apart. It took AGES! Being in a stinking hot shed baking in the sun didn’t help. The base plate had refused to budge, even with nudging from several screwdrivers.
The base plate finally popped out (flinging my little screwdriver to the other end of the shed) and my sore arms barely managed to air punch at shoulder level.

Chuffed as, sanded the plastic body down and dunked it in a soap wash. Then I got to cleaning the innards with new found air compressor that I am *totally* in love with. All it needs is a needle attachment to be perfect.

Primed and ready to spray: I did the spray paint shake-a-shake dance. Then the heavens open up and yells and spits. *sigh*
They obviously did not like my dance.



Fast forward to Tuesday.


I’d forgotten about the fumes — the last time I used a particular brand the next day was filled with blurness in the eyes and poor everything. Obviously softball training the day after was not very good one.





Fast forward to Friday.



Anddddd on the 6th day Nat rested. :p

Handed the present over on Saturday to a very excited mum, and I hear the kids love it! Well that’s another 8 month old promise fulfilled.

There’s a huge storm rolling in now, I think it be bedtime ‘fer me.
Thanks for reading guys.


Typewritten on kid’s new Adler Tippa that hopefully will last lifetimes to come.

Feed Roller Replacement – The Mjölnir Method



Look how flat that issss.

So here’s how I did it:
Feed Roller Replacement – The Mjölnir Method
Materials required: Rubber hosing of the right size, WD40, Hammer, pen knives/cutters, self-healing mat, rags.
1. Remove affected piece by removing the platen or what may have you.
2. Measure the rubber hosing to the original piece and cut to size cleanly with a cutter.
3. Strip the old rubber from the metal casing. I used a pen knife and cut strips off lengthwise (so start from the top and go all the way down) then remove the remaining bits of the old rubber by soaking it in WD40 and rubbing it off with a rag.
4. If it helps: Make note of where the rubber piece should sit – use a marker if you have to. The feed roller I was using had quite a distinctive mark so I didn’t mark anything.
5. Once the metal casing is ready, fit the new hosing in. Mine was quite a tight fit: trial and error got me to the next step:
6. Sit your piece upright and use the hammer to tap the rubber as much as you can: I got to the point I was hammering the end of the metal bit and didn’t want to damage it – so tap it gently.
7. The last centimeter to fit I found was the hardest and I’ll try to explain it the best I can. Fold the rag into quarters or eights to save your work bench. Stand the metal casing on it’s bum end so the new rubber piece should be on the top. Now, grab the hammer and turn your it to the nail removing wedge side. Try to estimate a fit along the length of wedge where you’re holding the center metal piece upright and that it would fit in the wedge. The rubber hosing will then be in contact with the hammer, and the metal casing in the void of the wedge. Hold that in place and don’t let go. Raise the metal piece and the hammer and tap the whole thing onto your work surface/floor. The hammer should shove the rubber right in!
8. The rubber will be “scrunched up” so just roll it along the work surface until it is even and flat. Put the piece back into its rightful place and give it a spin. Adjust where needed.

Hopefully it helps.


The recovered feed roller! I went on replacing the paper bail pieces too.

You might be wondering about the fluro straws. Straws? Yes, I tried straws. I tried quite a few methods of trying to fit the new rubber but they of course failed!
I tried:
1. The Bare Hands Shove. Just elbow grease.
2. The Twist. The twist and push action helped but didn’t get me too far, the debris gummed up the end.
3. The Straw. Using a cut piece of a plastic straw to “piggyback” the rubber piece onto the metal rod. In my mind it would slide in really easily but in reality it got SO STUCK I had to chop the piece up.
4. The Big Freeze. Freezing the metal rod was a good idea, but patience and the Darwin heat got the better of me.
5. The Air Compressor. I remember watching the bike repair guy when I was young putting new handles on a BMX. He blasted the handles off and blasted the new ones in. I only have a measly can of compressed air, so of course that didn’t work. I honestly think I should invest in a small air compressor.
6. The Double Bare Handed Shove. That’s right. Tried to be a hero and had both rubber pieces as far in as I could with The Twist then tried to make the last centimeter by holding each side with both hands and then pushing inwards by sheer shoving force.  (Like trying to break an egg in between my palms.) My hands were incredibly sore and sensitive after. Maybe a tiny bit swollen. Surely I looked like one of those weird gymmers with a constipated face, heaving the heaviest thing possible in the gym.
7. The Teflon Spray. As much as I love this magic in a spray can, it does not magically make rubber hosing slide into place.

Right! Hopefully this will save you time and pains in your hands.. though I can’t help if the cutter is silly and decides to take a bite from your finger. Very ouchie.

Oh, if you’re wondering about  the readings in my typecast I decided to put it to the next post ;)
Okay, time to stop,and blame Thor 2 for being too awesome.
Thanks for reading guys!

Typecast written on Blimey, 1930 Royal Model P with fresh rubber pieces.
P.S. All content on this blog, unless stated otherwise, is copyright Nat T. of natslaptaps.



Three P’s a partyyyyy

Prototype one -pffffft.
I used the knob from Blimey as a master mould…
PFFFFFT. Moulded mess.
Ah, functional rollers at last!  The typecast proves rollers are magic.
I have to start using this guy more.
*Little tick off my to-fix-list, insert little dance*
I’m thoroughly party pooped. Hope you’re having a great time everyone!

Typed on freshly repaired Verdell, 1931 vogue typeface Royal Model P with tabulator, in dire need of a ribbon change and typeslug clean out.

P.S. All content on this blog, unless stated otherwise, is copyright Nat T. of natslaptaps.

Sakura Pinks


Oh HAI!!!
I iz pinks. Tokyo pink ya ya yaz.


Photoshppes was is before paint buysez and I must sayz, itsa pruddi cloze to thinkess! (left’s PS’ed, righto’s real thuings!)


Zprayz wid no mazk is bad bad badz. Me thinkez inhaled enough pink thattz lungsa pruddi pinkz… HEH.
Brain no works no moares.


Awwww badz partz. Chippies and za too thickees.


Iz a pretty! ^_^

Terribly written on Sakura, newly painted Olivetti Lettera 82 by a very fumigated brain dead, fluorescent pink lungs Nat.

Finally, and a Thank You



I finally got around on Monday to re-arrange my repair shelf and boxed up things and made two shelves free for WIP pieces. (Darn this nasty habit of doing things half-way and leaving it open) The husband is happy, and the pieces aren’t exposed to the spiders and dust bunnies looking for homes!

Currently on the shelf there’s a Olivetti Lettera 82 that is into its fourth month of being left open. I’ve finally ordered the supplies I require to finish this piece and given it a well deserved dunk and soak in the sink, so hopefully in time the finished piece will be worth the procrastination. The Tom Thumb toy typewriter also got a thorough clean.
Nightfall came and I decided to tackle that Remington Envoy III. The ribbon vibrator had ceased to function and had a few other minor problems… I had a problem of taking the body apart for some reason and left it with the other machines in the pile. I wrote about this awhile ago here. (oh man, that was almost two months ago. Meeeeep sorry K!)
Scott you were right, the top half did come off and BAM, I was in.
The outer body went straight to the sink for a scrub and the innards got a good scrub which righted the ribbon vibrator.


Sparkly clean and back with its owner now, hooray!
(+10 XP!)





Today: I think it was the rediscovered courage from this week’s fixings that I dared to open this Underwood 3 bank Portable up.
The escapement choked there for some reason, and all it needed is a little bit of lube and coaxing and it was flying again.


When I first received Tryp I thought the serial number was 8238 (which I can’t find now) and then I found this on the underside of the machine. Either numbers put Tryp in 1920 – 1921 (according to the awesome Typewriter Database that Ted has worked tiredlessly to put together, thanks Ted! :)) which makes her a rather grand ole’ machine.

She’s not 100% yet, the return carriage lever is not really working and there’s a persistent squeak in the carriage lift. I have yet to find some cleaner wax either, so that’s that to do still… and polish all the chrome.

After I packed Tryp away I had a small revelation:
Sure it took me a whole year to get her going, but oh wow… It’s been an awesome year and a bit learning how to repair typewriters. There’s heaps more to learn, and I can’t wait. I’ve only come this far because of the Typosphere – so THANK YOU TYPOSPHERE for being so darned awesome in offering help and teaching me all the how-to’s!

Alrighty, time to get going on those letters. I start my new job tomorrow, so I don’t have as much time as I thought I would have to tend to the pile. There’s more letters and cards to be made too, September is a black hole for birthdays – it’s all so bizarre.

Have a great week everyone :)
Partially written on a Underwood 3 bank Portable that is learning how to live again.