Though I’m pleased with the way this brother turned out, I’m just not in love with the plastic shell. During cleaning I noticed that the body sported some redundant screw holes and tabs and so I’ll be interested to see if I can swap out the plastic for a spare metal shell I have (nicer design and also blue!) That’s a job for another day though. For now I have a few letters to write to put this machine back into proper use. I treated it to a new ribbon all its own too. There’s nothing like a clean typewriter with a new ribbon.
No matter how much I fiddled and twiddled I could not get the spring back into place. As it wasn’t my machine, and I had very limited time, I secured the spring to the return lever with a bit of fuse wire for future repair. I revitalised the ribbon with WD40 and typed out the details of two repair people I could confidently recommend. Then I made a quick type sample for the database.
Strange colour for clouds… I was testing out a re-inked ribbon and I forgot to switch the lever. I re-inked because it’s a silk ribbon, and was in perfect condition apart from being bone dry. The black ink has revamped the red half to make this brownish colour, which I am quite happy with, as you just can’t get colour ribbons in the UK unless you want to pay through the nose. Also happy to have a silk ribbon too.
How did I re-ink? Like this. It’s messy. But it came out quite even on this ribbon and I don’t seem to have any splodgy spots.