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Would you like a Typewriter Repair Bible? (:

Okie doke, I’ve got three of ’em done, one more almost in the can and one out for proof copy. Here’s the three that are done, and ready for you to purchase and enjoy.

The Manual Typewriter Repair Bible

478 Pages, Professionally printed and coil bound to lay flat on your work table!
Includes:

  • Basic Mechanical Theory and Indoctrination on how mid-20th Century manual typewriters work.
  • Step-By-Step Typewriter Symptom Troubleshooting Guide.
  • Complete 1946 OAMI Service and Adjustment Manual Covering: Standard Manual Typewriters: Remington * Royal * Underwood * Woodstock * L.C. Smith, Portable Manual Typewriters: Remington * Royal * Corona * Underwood.
  • Typewriter Tools, Ribbon Spools, Ribbons, Platens, Springs and Ball Bearings Reference.
  • Typewriter Typeface and Keyboard Reference.

 

The Olympia SM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 Typewriter Repair Bible

206 Pages, Professionally printed and coil bound to lay flat on your work table!
Includes:

  • Olympia SM-7 User Manual and Olympia SM-3 User Manual
  • Complete 1955 Service, Troubleshooting and Adjustment Manual Covering: Portable Manual Typewriter: Olympia SM-1, SM-2, SM-3, SM-4, SM-5, SM-7
  • Complete 1962 Tools and Exploded Parts Reference Manual Covering: Portable Manual Typewriter: Olympia SM-1, SM-2, SM-3, SM-4, SM-5, SM-7
  • Olympia/ITC Technical Service Bulletins
  • Reference Catalog: Olympia Typewriter Typefaces and Keyboards
  • Illustrated Olympia SM Model Age Guide

 

The Olympia SG1 Typewriter Repair Bible

256 Pages, Professionally printed and coil bound to lay flat on your work table!
Includes:

  • Olympia SG-1 User Manual and Salesman’s Training Guide
  • Complete 1955 Service, Troubleshooting and Adjustment Manual Covering: Standard Manual Typewriter: Olympia SG-1
  • Complete 1962 Tools and Exploded Parts Reference Manual Covering: Standard Manual Typewriter: Olympia SG-1
  • Reference Catalog: Olympia Typewriter Typefaces and Keyboards
  • Illustrated Olympia SG Model Age Guide

The one that’s nearly in the can is on the Smith-Corona “Floating Shift” 1 through 5 series, Squarelines, Speedlines and Super-5’s. Should clock in a bit over 300 pages. Stay Tuned! (:

Updated: September 6, 2017 — 7:52 pm

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  1. Ted, you’re doing a fine service to the typewriter community, well done.

  2. Thank you Reverend. Just placed my order!

  3. Thanks Ted!

    Just finished placing my order.

  4. Mine are on the way. Can’t wait!

  5. Thank you so much. I look forward to getting the books. :)

  6. Just ordered mine! Viva la Qwerty!

  7. Perfect for my kitchen counter work bench. I love that they are coil bound and will lay flat.

    1. Mr. Polt suggested the coil binding, a very worthy idea :D

  8. Thanks Ted! This is a great use of all that Knowledge you’ve amassed.

  9. I have an Olympia SM3. the tops of the letter “l” and some other taller letter ( b, d, h ) are very light to fading out completely. The “l” is certainly the worst and the bottom part of upper case “L” is fading out.

    All the letters type evenly and there are no wavey sentences.

    I have replaced the ribbon and tried different finger type pressure settings with no difference. The original ribbon was heavy and I went to medium, once again no difference. What can you suggest and would your book cover anything like this?

    Thanks,

    Frank Wolff

    1. That’s called a “Motion and Shift” adjustment, and yes, it is covered. You’d be adjusting the position of the platen at the top and bottom of shift travel to square the type slug to the center of the platen face.

  10. Not having much luck with the offer code I’m afraid, just reports back “The code you entered is not valid”. May be not applicable to UK lulu store maybe?

    Cheers,

    Richard

    1. protip: if you are not in the US and the discount code doesn’t work, you can fix it by setting the Lulu Site language to English. I’ve been told by buyers in Germany and Italy that this trick works to enable the coupon code to work again.

      1. Hi thanks but I couldn’t get that trick to work either, never mind, ordered it anyway. Arrived today from lulu but only 5 pages out of the inch thick spiral bound book had anything printed on them!

        The typewriting gods obviously don’t want me to do any repairs; perhaps they’ve witnessed my handiwork on other projects. Anyway, I’ll take it up with lulu,

        Cheers,

        Richard

        1. Yep, if you get one that’s printed wrong, you should be able to get LuLu to ship you another as replacement. Let me know how that goes – I think that’s the first one I’ve heard of being wonky from the LuLu printing centers. The 10 or so I’ve ordered so far have all been printed nicely. Good luck! (:

          1. Hi, replacement copy arrived today from LuLu, but only 12 pages this time and mostly different ones. Very odd as LuLu confirmed they couldn’t see anything wrong with the print ready file.

            To be clear – I’m not complaining at you, its clearly something LuLu need to sort out, just thought you’d like to be aware.

            Cheers,

            Richard in Salisbury England

          2. very weird. Yeah, so far you’re the only one who’s gotten a badly-printed copy. Does your receipt say which printing facility did them? I do know that customers in Australia and Japan get ones printed at a facility in AU, so I wonder if there’s a particular UK facility that’s having issues.

          3. Hi Munk,

            (apologies if this text appears out of order – there is no ‘reply’ button for your question about where my copies were being printed, guess its a nested reply limit on the webpage or something.)

            I’ve heard back from LuLu and to give them their due, they were very prompt to respond after the second printing failure. They think their UK printer may have a problem with the 1.1GB file size so they’ve ordered me a copy from their US printers instead.

            Cheers,

            Richard

  11. Ok, so we can note that UK customers might have problems with the larger books, and should request them printed at the US facility if possible. That’s an unfortunate wrinkle. Hopefully the sub-400 page ones are ok, though.

    Heh, it’ll be worth the wait, though – it’s a hefty tome packed with everything a beginning typewriter mechanic interested in tinkering with post-war American machines should know – everything I could fit within the spiral-bound 470 page limit, anyway. The 1940 AMES parts manual is a good companion piece to the Manual Bible, as it covers the same machines illustrating and enumerating all the parts along with lists of “high mortality” parts compiled just after WW2’s hard experience. It’s also a big one, 400+ pages, so you’d have to order that printed in the US too. /:

  12. Quick question: I have a 1960’s Underwood Touchmaster 5, and I can’t seem to find any kind of specific repair manual on it anywhere. I’m thinking it’s not that different than previous models, so a generic manual would probably work. What are your thoughts on that?

    1. well, how about the TM5-specific service manual? https://sellfy.com/p/WMgT/

      1. That’s awesome! That’s exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again!

  13. HI I have a royal empress. I need any documentation –user manual and service manuals that are available. Please let me know what is available and cost- It would be awesome to get this information. Thank you!!

    1. well, you’re in luck. Here’s the owner’s manual:
      http://munk.org/typecast/2013/02/13/royal-empress-typewriter-owners-manual-1961/

      an Empress service manual is included in the 1968 AMES Standards book:
      http://typewriterdatabase.com/1968-Ames_Standard_SVC.royal-repair.manual

      if you want that on paper, professionally printed with a coil bind, wait about a week. I have the proof copy of the edition coming in a day or two, so it should be available before the week is out.

  14. Hi, do any of your repair manuals specifically cover the Smith-Corona Super Sterling? Thanks!

    1. Super Sterling is a 6-Series, so you’d want this one:
      https://sellfy.com/p/7Kkk/
      That’s the PDF version. If you want to wait for the coil-bound printed workshop version, it’ll be a bit. I have to re-set up my supplier.

  15. Well, dang. The links take me to a “not found” message at Lulu. I tried a variety of searches at Lulu with no luck. Perhaps the iNet gods are unhappy at the moment – I’ll try again later

    1. These links are all dead now, I’ve moved from Lulu to a different printer:
      http://thebp.site/121020

  16. Looking for a manual for a 1940 lc smith super speed typewriter. Looking for basic upkeep and repair. Will this Bible have it.

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