While doing research on my Oliver No. 9’s problems, I came across an entertaining post about a Remington Travel-Riter DeLuxe by Robert Messenger. He described its ribbon vibrator and the spool capstans as “banjaxed”. I thought to myself: I will add that word and all its imaginary variations to my vocabulary.
My Oliver No. 9 isn’t the only train wreck in the house. While undeniably sexy, our Corona Four is thoroughly banjaxed. She has lived hard, but has obviously had a grand old time. I have photographed her in all her magnificent banjaxment. Here we go:
The Toll of Hard Living
- Frozen carriage. I had hoped that it was just a case of the carriage lock being on, but I really don’t think so.
- Ribbon vibrator in permanent “up” position – gives her a bit of a surprised look
- Broken space bar
- Sunken keys with missing linkage
- Bent typebars
- Deceased ribbon
- Generalized grime
Here’s some more pictures of her in alluring disarray:
I can clean her up – she has the potential for stunning looks. However, I don’t want just a display specimen. I want the Corona Four working and earning her keep in my stable of machines.
I am going to take the Corona completely apart. After I finish the Oliver.
4 thoughts on “The Hot Mess: Corona Four”
Once you start cleaning, I’m sure you’ll find it goes better than you hoped. I saw you grabbed the parts manual at the TWDB, you should grab the adjustment manual too. You’ll need it (:
Thank you. I will grab that adjustment manual. My fingers are itching to take that Corona apart, but not until the Oliver is working fully.
I see you have a pristine Corona Four in your collection – I may bother you for detail photos when I start work on my Corona.
I’ve got a Four parts machine, so don’t hesitate to ask if you need parts.
That is very good to know – I may take you up on your offer.