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Triumph Perfekt: getting it off the case base and replacing the bad bits.

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The magic C-Clip that releases the whole shebang

The magic C-Clip that releases the whole shebang

All the partses.

All the partses.

the rubber bushing remains in the frame. you can poke it through from underneath.

the rubber bushing remains in the frame. you can poke it through from underneath.

The original, permanently squished rubber bushing.

The original, permanently squished rubber bushing.

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Some completely deteriorated foam pads were once here.

Some completely deteriorated foam pads were once here.

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The Selectric feet bolts are an exact fit for the Triumph's case, and the machine's actual feet fit perfectly over the nuts if you make sure the pointy edges aren't pointed at the sides.

The Selectric feet bolts are an exact fit for the Triumph’s case, and the machine’s actual feet fit perfectly over the nuts if you make sure the pointy edges aren’t pointed at the sides.

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Cut the rubber roughly to size, you can trim it to exact size when you fit the washer and c-clamp back on.

Cut the rubber roughly to size, you can trim it to exact size when you fit the washer and c-clamp back on.

The new rubber bushing, installed.

The new rubber bushing, installed.

Repurposed feets from an IBM Selectric II

Repurposed feets from an IBM Selectric II

cleaned up real nice! :D

cleaned up real nice! :D

Updated: February 4, 2016 — 8:07 pm

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  1. Good stuff. Now I just need to find one to try it on!

  2. Congratulations! Great repair job Ted. I need to remember the hose for more than only feed rollers.

    1. It puts the lotion in the basket, or else it gets the hose again! :D

  3. Triumph! Great job and you’ve put together a good tutorial.

  4. Great stuff!
    Nice find, using hose for these type of feet. (Benefits of having an actual typewriter repair shop in the area :-)

  5. I love MacGyver-type repair stories like this. I hadn’t thought about using cut-to-size rubber hose for typewriter repairs before – something to file away for the future.

    1. heh, that’s what I love about stopping by Bill’s shop when I have an odd parts replacement issue. He’ll turn to his wall of tiny little drawers, unerringly pull one out and whip out some weird replacement part for a diswasher that he’ll then describe how he uses it to repair who-dads on Selectrics, frame bushings on Smith Premiers and whatzits on Panasonic printers. He’s been MacGuyvering his business for his entire life, and has figured out many uses for many odd things. :D

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this solution! I have a Perfekt of the same vintage in excellent shape but I thought I would need dynamite to get it off of its base.

    1. heh, you’re welcome! I was pretty hopeless about it until I glimpsed that c-pin. with no feet, the machine on it’s case base just slides all over the desk when typing, which is hardly optimal for such a Perfekt Triumph of a typer. (:

  7. That’s part of the magic of being a typewriter repairman. You have to re-purpose what IS available to replace what ISN’T.

    Back in the day, every part needed was available either from the manufacturer or a typewriter supply. There just aren’t any new parts available anymore, so you have to either manufacture them yourself or find something comparable that you can make work.

    Good job and nice details in your post.

  8. I’m going to have to do pretty much every single thing in this whole post to my own machine
    MUCH THANKS for the write up.

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