Thursday, July 28, 2016

1942 Remington Mill

This machine is really in pretty good shape with just a few sticky keys.  The ribbon reverse mechanism must be dirty because the ribbon will not advance unless I hold the directional level by hand (They stick out on the side of these Model 5 machines).  I plan to take the shell off of this typewriter at some future date so I can address the grime and surface rust on some of the mechanisms.  I am wondering what to do about the rust that shows through the paint.  I will certainly not be re-painting the machine as I would never want to spoil the Navy decals.  Any suggestions would be welcome in the comments.


  1. Wow! It is special. Is the issue with ribbon reverse common to Remingtons? Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I'll add you to my reading list.

  2. Special. Evokes the epoch.

    Have no experience with rust on/in a light paint, but on black I've rubbed with an oily rag (makes the rust blacker and smoother). This is an interesting challenge.

    May be anything on this one of course, but the ribbon mechanism on these is vulnerable to the reversing-needles and/or the spool capstans being bent. Even bending slightly out of shape, the reverse malfunctions. (I've accidentally bent stuff during my RP2 refurbs, then took me some time to find out why things all of a sudden stopped working.)

    Congratulations, a slice of history :)