Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 18, 2014 - My Nemesis

This 1930's Continental model 35 has an issue with the typebars resting in a tensioned position.

I cannot for the life of me figure this out. I thought there might be a crack in a casting, but I found nothing.

What a bummer - it's a beautiful machine.


  1. Yikes .... All I can say is that slight differences in the length of those connecting links could make a very noticeable difference in the position of the typeheads, so maybe some of them need to be straightened out.

  2. Yeah, I understand what you're saying. I've resolved similar issues on smaller scales in the manner in which you describe. This case though, the thing is that there are so many raised, and if you push down on the Z for instance (in the middle), they all drop down together and will rest in the correct place when the Z type bar reaches the rest. As you do this, the stresses imparted on the machine move things - and the thing that led me to disassemble the segment, was that the bottom of the segment will flex outward toward the keyboard. I feared that the cast cross member(s) might be cracked. But no dice.
    Also, the connecting links look pretty good. :-/