Thursday, July 25, 2019

Springfield, MO Typewriter Repair

I have recently moved to the Springfield Missouri area. Now that I'm settled in, I'm restarted my typewriter repair service. I specialize in IBM Selectric typewriters, but I have and can repair antique, vintage manual and electric typewriters and even electronic typewriters.






I repair all kinds of typewriters, IBM or otherwise. 
I'm located about 6 miles south of Springfield in Nixa, Missouri. Please contact me before coming by. My email address is in my profile.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Garnet Rose IBM Selectric II - Refurbished

Here's a terrific IBM Selectric II with correction that I just finished. I gave it a complete overhaul including a chemical wash, synthetic lubrication, high mortality parts replacements, careful inspection and adjustment and numerous upgrades to make this machine like-new again.



A beautiful machine, inside and out. Literally each and every part is cleaned, inspected and reconditioned or replaced, if necessary, to return it to like-new appearance and operation





Complete with Dual-Pitch and Correction, this machine is the standard by which other typewriters are measured. Such a dream to use.





It has a 15" platen, Error Correction and the wonderful Selectric "touch" keyboard that everyone loves. It is a Dual-pitch (10 and 12 cpi) typewriter that uses any of the elements for a Selectric I or I (88 character elements).




IBM Selectric II
    Dual-Pitch Correcting, model 895
    Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
    New Sound Insulating Foam
    Ready To Use




Extras Included:

New Black Vinyl Dust Cover
Printed Owner's Manual

One Year Guarantee on everything. No disappointments. Contact me for more information or to come by to see it in person. It's located in Nixa, Missouri (close to Springfield, MO) and because it's so heavy, I really don't want to ship it.

Price: $350

I can also service and repair your Selectric. Simple repairs to full overhauls and rebuilds. Parts for Selectrics also available. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Raven Black Selectric II - Sold

Just finished. This is a beautiful Mid-Size Raven Black Selectric II with Correction. This machine was previously reconditioned by IBM in 1981 and apparently not used much after that.

 
But time has it's way with all things and over the last 30 or so years while it wasn't used, the oil and grease stiffened, causing it not to work. The first step to any successful reconditioning process is to remove the old oil and grease and free everything up again. Then inspect and replace all necessary parts and finally re-adjust the machine to bring it back to like-new operation. A long and tedious process, but one that can't be rushed. I spend somewhere between 25 and 30 hours on each machine. Obviously I"m not getting rich rebuilding Selectrics, but I know you will be proud to use it for years when I'm finished.




Literally each and every part is cleaned, inspected and reconditioned or replaced, if necessary, to return it to like-new appearance and operation. It's amazing how many things I find that need correction during the process, some of which were incorrect from new.

 
It has a 13" platen, Error Correction and the wonderful Selectric "touch" keyboard that everyone loves. It is a Dual-pitch (10 and 12 cpi) typewriter that uses any of the elements for a Selectric I or I (88 character elements).





IBM Selectric II
    Dual-Pitch Correcting, model 893
    Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
    New Sound Insulating Foam
    Ready To Use




Extras Included:

New Black Vinyl Dust Cover
Printed Owner's Manual

One Year Guarantee on everything. No disappointments. Contact me for more information or to come by to see it in person. It's located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and because it's so heavy, I really don't want to ship it.

SOLD

I can also service and repair your Selectric. Simple repairs to full overhauls and rebuilds. Parts for Selectrics also available. 


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Marlin Blue Selectric III - Sold

Here's a beautiful Marlin Blue Correcting Selectric III that I just finished. What a great machine! A real closet queen that was a personal machine and saw very little use back in the day. It still needed lots of TLC to remove sticky, hardened grease and oil from years of just sitting around to return it to factory-perfect operation.




This one is the best of the best. Produced near the end of production in December 1983, this one also has the latest revisions and uses the more common and less expensive SRS ribbon that Selectric II's also use. Highly desirable.  




IBM Selectric III
    Dual-Pitch Correcting, model 6705
    Lighted Margin Scale
    Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
    New Sound Insulating Foam
    Ready To Use






It has a 15" platen, Error Correction and the wonderful Selectric "touch" keyboard that everyone loves. It is a Dual-pitch (10 and 12 cpi) typewriter that uses any of the elements for a Selectric III (96 character elements).






Extras Included:

New Black Vinyl Dust Cover
Printed Owner's Manual

One Year Guarantee on everything. No disappointments. Contact me for more information or to come by to see it in person. It's located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and because it's so heavy, I really don't want to ship it.

SOLD

I can also service and repair your Selectric. Simple repairs to full overhauls and rebuilds. Parts for Selectrics also available. 




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Classic Blue Correcting Selectric II - SOLD

Here's a Classic Blue Correcting Selectric II that I just refurbished. It was manufactured in 1973, the first year Correction was available. Due to it's early production, it has many parts that are stainless steel and high quality metal parts that were changed in later models to reduce cost. For example, it features the all-steel carrier transport that uses two steel cables to move the carrier, instead of a nylon tab cord that later models used. This is a true quality machine.




It has been completely refurbished with a chemical wash to remove old grease, dirt and oil, high mortality parts replacement, synthetic lubrication to extend service life, new noise reducing foam and a complete repaint in the original color. Lots of time went into the cosmetics too to make it look as new as possible. It's a beautiful machine.













Extras Included:

New Black Vinyl Cover
Printed Owner's Manual


Come see and type on this beautiful machine and you'll be hooked!

  • Dual-Pitch Correcting Selectric II, model 895
  • Completely Refinished in Classic Blue
  • Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
  • New Sound Insulating Foam
  • Ready To Use
SOLD

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Emerald Green Selectric II with Correction - SOLD

This is another machine that I've refurbished from my collection. Summer is my busy time around our place, so it took a little longer than normal. It takes me 25 to 30 hours to completely refurbish a Selectric from top to bottom and I have to find that time in short spurts when other things aren't pressing.

I start my refurbishing process by carefully picking a machine from the dozens I have. Initially looking for obvious problems like damaged or missing parts, damage that can't be fixed like from being dropped or from rust. Most anything can usually be fixed, but the nicer a machine is to start with, the nicer it will turn out in the end.

This is a very fine Selectric II with Correction from 1979. In my opinion, the late 70's was the best time for Selectrics as most revisions had taken place to solve problems in the field and they were rock-solid dependable. You see, IBM never stopped improving the Selectric from the moment it was introduced in 1961. Changes and revisions were made constantly in the early years, making parts replacement sometimes confusing and complicated. But after nearly 20 years of production, the mechanisms had been improved and refined to be trouble-free and easier to manufacture.




This machine received my entire refurbishing process, beginning with disassembly to inspect and clean. Rubber components and the motor and switch are removed to allow for a chemical wash. Each removed part is individually inspected and cleaned to prepare for re-installation later on. The power frame is put into the typewriter washer and cleaned thoroughly. While it's cleaning, the case is prepped for repainting. Emblems, trim and logos are removed and reconditioned if necessary. Dirt, grease and scratches are removed to allow for the best finish possible.



The case is then repainted with colors matching the IBM original in a textured finish. I want the machine to look and work just like it came from IBM.  While the paint is curing, I then turn my attention to the inner workings, further disassembling, cleaning and repairing as necessary. Experience guides me to the areas that should be given more attention to produce the best possible machine.





The mechanisms are thoroughly lubricated with synthetic oil and grease to prolong service intervals and reduce wear. Parts are replaced as necessary along with high-mortality parts as a preventative measure.






New sound reduction foam installed for quiet operation. I have basically remanufactured every aspect of this machine, inside and out. It looks and functions just like new.



Extras Included:

New Black Vinyl Cover
Printed Owner's Manual


Come see and type on this beautiful machine and you'll be hooked!

  • Dual-Pitch Correcting Selectric II, model 895
  • Completely Refinished in Emerald Green
  • Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
  • New Sound Insulating Foam
  • Ready To Use

SOLD

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Another Selectric III Dvorak Keyboard Layout - SOLD

FOR SALE:
I refurbished this Selectric III and converted the keyboard to a Dvorak Simplified layout. You can read about the procedure I use to convert the keyboard here> https://ibmselectric.blogspot.com/2017/07/ibm-selectric-dvorak-keyboard.html

It's important to me to retain the dual-velocity operation when changing the keyboard layout. Otherwise, the punctuation characters will strike harder than intended and cut the paper. I custom modify the velocity vane so that it prints with the proper impression force as designed.

This machine made an ideal candidate since it was in great cosmetic condition and it saw very little actual use as it was manufactured in April, 1986, near the end of Selectric production. Starting with a nice machine helps, but I still did a full refurbishment process including chemical wash, synthetic lubrication, new sound reduction foam and much more. I try to make every machine as new again as possible. 

Comes complete with a new vinyl dust cover and a copy of the owner's manual.

SOLD