A package showed up today. It was marked “Fragile” and had some mysterious puncture wounds.
Hurray! It’s our long-awaited little Oliver!
I dragged her out to the back patio and gave her a good look.
She was filthy – I could see families of dust bunnies in the cracks, so I took off the front plate.
Fortunately we have a convenient hand-held air compressor with lots of attachments. It’s cheaper in the long run than canned compressed air.
I removed the carriage as well (thanks to a very helpful Martin Rice video). The carriage was very sticky and hung up on areas of rust, but I was able to gently wiggle it free from the body.
I blew the dust and debris out from the body. I then carefully wiped down the body with warm water and little dish soap.
Inventory of Ills
The Oliver looks fairly complete, but has a few issues:
- Missing draw band. This is not a big problem; I can replace that thanks to another Martin Rice video about Oliver draw band replacement.
- Missing draw band hook. I can probably fabricate a hook as Tony Mindling did with his Oliver.
- Sticky keys. These should respond to gentle cleaning
- Lots of rust. I may need to make a run to the auto parts store for some Evapo-Rust. I have some naval jelly, so I’ll try that first. I just need to be careful around the paint.
- Broken mainspring. I had hoped this wouldn’t be the case, but I am unable to wind the mainspring without it giving a sad little snap and losing tension. Fortunately, Tony Mindling had a mainspring problem with his Oliver that he was able to fix. I will refer to his post.
- Bent right tower. At some point in her travels west, this Oliver landed hard on her right tower. She arrived today with alarmingly little packing, so she suffered a bit on her trip. The type bars seem OK, but the right U shape band is bent as is the pencil holder. I’m unable to fully retract the pencil holder and keys are hitting the tower band. I am going to remove the U shaped band and do some careful bending of the band and the pencil holder.
- Frozen carriage. This seems unrelated to the draw band. It may be a rust issue. I hope.
Despite all her flaws, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon cleaning and tinkering with our new Oliver. She is very special, what you might call a “terrible beauty”. Our new Oliver No. 9 is quite a beauty, but, boy, is she in terrible shape. I think that I am up to the task.