Monday, March 14, 2011
The Amazing Floating Olympia
I like to use "Bibb washers" from the plumbing aisle of the hardware store, although these photos show the machine using rubber gaskets from an auto parts store. You have a fair amount of flexibility here: you primarily need to accommodate the screw, and have something thick enough that it will support the weight of the typewriter and hold the workings up above the frame. Most carriage-related ills that I've seen on SM-x machines magically resolve with this fix.
Old washer on the left, replacement on the right.
Time + gravity does this to the original rubber washer: the synthetic replacement should last another 50 years, easy.
Typed on Morticia, the Olympia SM-3