Weapon of Choice: “Thunderbird 3” 1966 Montgomery Ward Signature 440T #D6216161
Installing the silencer spring (thanks Typewriter Minutes!) – this is the “twisty” spring, and it goes pointy end down into the bottom ratchet wheel groove, so its travel back and forth is limited in the cutout below the loose dog. This is the disengaged position.
The second “straight” spring goes pointy end upwards in the top ratchet wheel groove, and to almost all appearances interacts with nothing. Well, nothing except a hook that rises when the tab key is pressed, so we think it is a sort of tabulator brake. If that’s true it seems to have negligible effect. The parts and service manuals don’t even mention it. Pictured above, the silencer spring is engaged and pushes up the loose dog when the carriage is on the return stroke. This “silences” that rattly grindy sound that the loose dog would ordinarily make as it bounces on the ratchet wheel.
Aaand.. while I’ve got that 440T opened up, I’m certainly gonna foam & felt it up tight. I do mean tight. I cram enough foam rubber under the felt that it requires hard hand-clamping to press the body panels far enough in that the screw holes line up, and the sides are under serious tension when you do get the screws in. Ain’t gonna be no rattlin’s side panels on my Brothers! :D
Burnt layer of leaves on my poor trees..
Hey, check it out – Hermes HD2-64 feet work pretty good on my new paper chopper! That’s good, because the original feet are ripped off.
There is no substitute for wood, cast iron and high-carbon steel when it comes to paper choppers. Them plastic-base Fiskars units are shamed by comparison. Three bucks at Deseret, and a Franklin-Covey Classic 7-hole puncher for a buck! :D
Packin’ up Thunderbird 3 for the evening. Below: a couple of new instruction sheets for some of the feet I have in stock.