Thursday, April 26, 2018

All for My Model 1

I have an update since I wrote this piece a few days ago.  I've been ignoring my sad Smith-Corona and focusing on my Remington Model 1, Noisey Noiseless.  Encouraged by the tips I learned from Nelson and Clifford I gave the carriage release spring another try. Both Nelson and I had taken disassembly a bit too far and removed the metal covers on the left end of the carriage only to have the carriage release lever fall out and a spring leap from the typewriter.  I didn't know how to reinstall the spring and neither did Nelson.  In fact, I had taken this machine to Tom Furrier at Cambridge Typewriter to pick his brain and he admitted it could be done but that it took him a while to figure it out as well.  Spurred on by my success with the platen, I gave that spring and cover another shot worked!  I have learned a lot from this beautiful Model 1. Previous to my trials and tribulations with the platen and springs, I made my own replacement feed rollers by rounding out the flat sides of the existing rollers and applying rubber strips.  Not pretty and not really efficient, but they will stay that way for now.  My 1935 Model 1 was ready for a test run.  It has come a long way from the day I found it in a local antique shop and struck a bargain for $45 because the platen wouldn't turn.

So that's where the spring goes!

Art Deco Madness!

Worth it for the ribbon covers alone!


  1. Congratulations on the repair. I have a No.1 apart for about 2 or 3 years. I planned on getting the platen recovered and the tiny rollers, but other things took priority. One day I'll get back to it. I recently bought another Remington Noiseless without any other decal but Remington on the paper tray. Looks almost like a No.1. This one is in great shape too, and only needs the draw string replaced. I've done several of these in the machine shop, now to try one in my shop.

  2. Ah yes, I had the same situation once with a noiseless portable. It's a tricky little puzzle!