|Olympia SM5 Serial Number 2210659 (1962)|
When this creamy white Olympia arrived it looked to be a beaut. No dings or scratches, it still had life in the platten and other rubber bits, except those washers is sits on, but that's easy to fix. But then I began to type ...
Oh dear ... the lower case characters were hitting the platten too low, even though the adjustment was at it's limit, and they were out of alignment with the upper case characters.
Thanks to a tip from a friendly Typospherian on The portable typewriter Forum (thank you Grace!!!) I found Rob Bowker's detailed post on the same problem. I very much doubt if I would have worked out the solution on my own. The gist of it is that by very slightly increasing the distance between the carriage rails, the carriage (and platten) are lowered enough to get the type slugs to hit the platten properly, i.e., at a tangent so that the impression is even from ttop to bottom of the character.
To access both the screw and lock nut of the upper case alignment adjustment the machine would need to have an "out of body" experience. OK, fine, that would make it easier to clean also.
|By loosening the carriage rail hold-down (Rob Bowker Screw) on each side the rail can be scooched forward a wee bit. It worked! The lower case characters printed perfectly.|
|Now all is well|
Once the adjustments were made I got out the Q-tips and alcohol and gave everything a good spruce-up, followed by a coat of wax. Wow! Now there's a fine typer!
Looking very sexy there!ReplyDelete
That's a gorgeous SM5! They seem difficult to find in super condition.ReplyDelete
What kind of wax do you use? I always wax my old shiny black enamel machines but never tried it on any others.
Nick, your question and the lovely early morning light have prompted me to add a photo of the materials used to spruce up that machine. The wax is Mother's California Gold Brazillian Carnauba Cleaner/Wax.Delete
It is a beauty. I have the same model in the same colours - two years younger though - also in a very good shape and still with that Olympia scent. And I very much like the typing action, the feel of the paint and - of course - the looks. For me it is the best of the SM line (so far I've tried 3, 4, 7 and 9) - SM9 may have the advantage on the basket shift but is waaaaaay back on the looks :).ReplyDelete
Oh! And kudos on the brilliantly detailed adjustment job here!!!Delete
That's brilliant. Thanks for posting.ReplyDelete
Fantastic job Tony!ReplyDelete
Keep it going - the momentum to fixing and cleaning is never ending, but I'm loving your updates! :)
Great job indeed! It's always nice seeing a nice typewriter back in perfect working order.ReplyDelete
Hey! A screw named after me. The results speak for themselves, that iis typing beautifully now. I think my misalignment was actually down to gravity having its way with a slack-running carriage, I never got as far as removing the cover to play with those hard to reach shift adjusters but the main thing is you got to the place you needed to be. And I like the blue ribbon!ReplyDelete
Nicely done! (:ReplyDelete
well done. I will have to bookmark this. I never have found a 5, and only one 4.ReplyDelete
Hello, this is Grace from the Yahoo typewriter forum. Thank YOU for making this blog post. It is very helpful to me, and I am sure to others as well. I've always wondered what people use to get their typewriters so shiny for the pictures.ReplyDelete
THANK YOU... THIS HELPED ME A LOT! found an OLYMPIA, CARINA 3, and got the same troble, now it's fixed, thank you...ReplyDelete
I'm having a similar problem with my Olympia SM3. The allignment is fine, but the type is very faint on the page. I have tried a new ribbon (a ribbon which worked great on my other typewriter), and I've tried two thicker backing sheets. It almost seems like the typeslugs aren't striking the platen sometimes, unless I slam my fingers down. Is there an adjustment I can make to move the platen closer to the typeslugs?ReplyDelete
Thanks in advance!
Great advice, I love the Olympia SM’s, really good solid machines 👍ReplyDelete
I have one at the moment with a type bar lock issue, even when the carriage lock is off, the type bars are still in the locked position and so do not strike the platen. Ive tried all the adjustments I know but have failed to solve the problem… I would welcome any suggestions 🙏