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Re: IBM Selectra III typewriter
There are two different ribbons for selectric III T/W's. One has the ribbon guides as part of the cassette the other the guides are part of the machine.
Be sure the ribbon and L/Oare installed properly and the ribbon is winding on the take up spool properly (counter clock wise) and if the guides are in the machine id to the left if thr white slacker finger just L. of the ribbon also be sure the L/O tape is behind the black seperation finger and the ribbon is in front of it (just to the rt. of the opening in the plastic card holder).
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I just replaced a ribbon in a 3500 IBM wheelrider ribbon with the following product which is supposed to be combatible.
DataProducts Compatible Typewriter Ribbon
Dataproducts Lift Offf Tape Catridge
I had no problem istalling the tapers, forwarded the ribbon as instructed, but when I type no tryping appears on my paper.
Go to lexmark.com , click yuor way to publications there you will find an operators manual. The pictures and descriptions are better than mine. (Be sure you have the right ribbon Selectric III takes two different ribbons)
Selectric III has two different ribbons the selectric II ribbon tha the ribbon guides are part of the macine and the "bicycle" ribbon that has the guides bilt into the ribbon. to replace the "bicycle" ribbon move pull the red lever on the right toward you, drop the ribbon in turn the knob a few times in the direction of the arrows, move the red lever back done. The other style move the lever, drop the ribbon in, be sure the ribbon is left of the slacker finger sticking up on the left,thread it tru the guides, turn the knob inthe direction of the arrows, move red lever back,done.
Lift top cover up.
Move the carrier to center of machine.
On the right hand side of the carrier there is a red lever. slide it to the left.
( it will lift ribbon arm's up & move the ribbon drive mecanisem out of the way.)
you now can lift the ribbon cassett out of the machine,
put the new ribbon in the machine.
there is a wire with a white plastic roller around it on the left side of carrier. make sure the ribbon goes on the out side of the that wire.
put the ribbon throuugh the lift arms
turn the knob on ribbon till the colored led is in to the ribbon cassett + a few turns of the black ribbon is around the spool.
slip the red lever to the right.
close cover & try typing
hope it works for you
There are two different ribbons for the selectric III one has the ribbon lift guides built into the ribbon the other the guides are part of the typewriter. The first is a General Ribbon T=387 the other is a G.R. T-385.