Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Streamliner Update: The Drawband

I tackled the only problem that my Streamliner had today - a broken drawband.  The open mechanicals of the carriage made this fix pretty easy.  I did a bit of online research and found a misconception that I want to correct.  Two sites mentioned connecting the band to the spring itself.  One site recommended tieing the new band to part of the broken band to avoid this difficult procedure.  I found this to be unnecessary.  By winding the spring, I created a gap that allowed me to feed the new drawband into the drum and tie it off.  Problem solved, my Streamliner types great.

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Perfect Remington Arrives

One so often hears shipping tales of woe in the typosphere.  I'd like to offer proof of the positive.  I had been shopping for a Remington 5 Streamliner for almost a year after I gave the first Remington 5 I came across to my daughter.  I found a nice example offered on eBay from a woman named Rosie.  She was honest and let me know that the drawstring was broken on this machine.  We arrived at a mutually beneficial deal and Rosie shipped it to me in perfect condition.  I had sent her a link to Bryan Kruk's shipping directions on his site Typewriters 101 and Rosie followed the directions to the letter.  As you can see, I have one fine machine.  You will also notice my daily typer in the background, a 1950's Remington Quiet-Riter.  I will post a full report on the #5 once I fix that drawstring and polish it up!