Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pearl White Dvorak SIII Conversion

Here's the Selectric III Dvorak conversion that I've been working on. It turned out better than I expected. It's painted Pearl White with a Black bottom, which was not a color that was normally available on Selectric III models. I chose this color combination due to the custom nature of this machine.

The machine has been fully re-conditioned with a chemical wash, necessary parts replacement including a new aluminum cycle clutch pulley, complete lubrication with synthetic lubricants and all adjustments checked and corrected. On top of all this, the keyboard was converted to ANSI Dvorak layout. A new velocity vane was installed to correct for the relocation of the low-velocity keys which isn't done in most conversions by others. This makes the machine type just like IBM engineers intended.

The ribbon was also converted on this machine to the more common and less expensive SRS version, instead of the "bicycle" ribbon it originally had. Switching the ribbon types was no easy task, but the SRS ribbon is much cheaper and much easier to purchase, so I went the extra mile on this one for longevity's sake.

The case was stripped of the old deteriorated foam, cleaned and painted this beautiful Pearl White. New sound-reducing foam was installed in the factory locations.

A normal re-condition job on a Selectric takes me about 20 - 25 hours. Nothing is left un-checked. Because of the extra work to convert the keyboard to ANSI Dvorak, this one has a substantial additional amount of time in it, plus the additional parts required that are not commonly available.

It's a beautiful, custom-built machine that will be a pleasure to own and type on. I will be documenting the details of the conversion as soon as I can.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Red Selectric II with Correction with Extras

This is a extra nice Selectric II  in Red that I just refurbished. It has been completely reconditioned with a chemical wash, necessary parts replacement, full lubrication with synthetic lubricants and adjustments checked and corrected. A new aluminum cycle clutch pulley has been installed for years of trouble-free service.

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 II (88 character elements).

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 Pearl White
  • Freshly Cleaned, Lubed and Adjusted
  • New Sound Insulating Foam
  • Ready To Use

Price:  $250  
One Year Guarantee on everything. You won't be disappointed. Contact me for more information or to come by to see it in person. It's located in Eureka Springs and because it's so heavy, I really don't want to ship it.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Selectric Dvorak Keyboard Conversion

Because of interest in converting a Selectric to a Dvorak keyboard, I'm working on refurbishing a Selectric III machine and converting the keyboard. My research shows IBM offered a Dvorak keyboard, but it varies slightly from the ANSI Dvorak keyboard. I've decided to utilize the ANSI Dvorak layout which switches the quote/double quote with the question/slash keys.

Hopefully I will be done in a few days and I'll post it here and the procedures necessary to do the conversion when I'm done.

Here is the machine I chose to convert. I will need a full overhaul first and then I'll work on the keyboard conversion.

Selectric III Dvorak Conversion (Before)

Stay tuned.