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1958 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1151781 1958 Olympia SM3 typewriter, Serial # 1151781 Chris Aldrich's 1958 Olympia SM3 typewriter. 2024-07-15 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Chris Aldrich: 1958 Olympia SM3 Serial # 1151781 Acquired on 2024-07-05 as an early birthday present. Generally good shape, but some cosmetic flaws on the hood have me considering refinishing the exterior.
2024-07-06 The body gaskets were compressed and in dreadful shape (as seems to be the case on all SM3s). The front ones were heavily compressed and the rear ones had turned into black nearly liquid goo. Replaced them with Everbilt 00 Flat Wahsers 1/2 inch OD from the hardware store's plumbing section.

2024-07-13 Cleaned up the exterior with some Scrubbing Bubbles. Cleaned the interior in a bath of PB B'laster followed up with some mineral spirits. Everything is squeaky clean now.

2024-07-14 Ran through a list of adjustments to fine tune the machine for typing including some timing issues for both the type slugs and the spacebar. Ring and cylinder, on feet, motion, etc.

2024-07-15 Handspooled on some new black/red nylon ribbon. Took out the platen and fixed a small issue with the variable spacing mechanism to get it working properly. Removed the carriage to lubricate the bearings and carriage rails before putting it back on. Made a typeface sample to upload to the database. Used a spritz of Samsara perfume on the felt inside the hood to help cover up residual cleaning solvent smell.

1958 Olympia SM3 #1151781

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Chris Aldrich (chrisaldrich)
Created: 07-07-2024 at 10:11PM
Last Edit: 07-15-2024 at 02:18PM


Description:

Acquired on 2024-07-05 as an early birthday present. Generally good shape, but some cosmetic flaws on the hood have me considering refinishing the exterior.
2024-07-06 The body gaskets were compressed and in dreadful shape (as seems to be the case on all SM3s). The front ones were heavily compressed and the rear ones had turned into black nearly liquid goo. Replaced them with Everbilt 00 Flat Wahsers 1/2 inch OD from the hardware store's plumbing section.

2024-07-13 Cleaned up the exterior with some Scrubbing Bubbles. Cleaned the interior in a bath of PB B'laster followed up with some mineral spirits. Everything is squeaky clean now.

2024-07-14 Ran through a list of adjustments to fine tune the machine for typing including some timing issues for both the type slugs and the spacebar. Ring and cylinder, on feet, motion, etc.

2024-07-15 Handspooled on some new black/red nylon ribbon. Took out the platen and fixed a small issue with the variable spacing mechanism to get it working properly. Removed the carriage to lubricate the bearings and carriage rails before putting it back on. Made a typeface sample to upload to the database. Used a spritz of Samsara perfume on the felt inside the hood to help cover up residual cleaning solvent smell.

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I have a love for analog office equipment including library card catalogs and typewriters. As of Summer 2024, I've got a segment of 13 typewriters, mostly portable and all manual. I'm working may way into trying out some standards soon and have been learning how to completely overhaul all of the machines in my collection, all of which work well aside from one machine which needs some parts. I've got more than half a dozen card catalogs including a Gaylord Bros. and a Steelcase along with several Remington Rand and some Shaw-Walkers. I've lost count of my index card collection once I passed 10,000.



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