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Underwood Noiseless Portable Typewriter spacebar guidewire is broken. How do I fix this?

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What you have is a broken tab cord You can make one out of 50# test fish line. You will have to wind tension on the take up wheel befor attaching the cord.


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the cord is shaped much like a shoe lace, and these make great replacements, a spare clip can be fashioned out of a paper clip, it's not a precision part. the spring if broken can be replaced with any clock style spring, i bought a wind up kitchen timer at the dollar store (same for the shoe lace) and took the spring from that. for $2.14, got mine working good as new

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