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How can I determine whether my typewriter is a Selectric II or III?

Need to purchase a ribbon for typewriter but can't determine what ribbon to buy.

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The video shows the models C, Selectric I, and Selectric II.
If your typewriter doesn't compare to any of these in the video it is most likely a Selectric III.
This will also help:
The Selectric III featured a 96-character element vs. the previous 88-character element. IBM's series of "Electronic Typewriters" used this same 96-character element. The 96-character elements can be identified by yellow printing on the top plastic surface and the legend "96," which always appears along with the font name and pitch. The 96- and 88-character elements are mechanically incompatible with each other (they won't fit on each other's machines) and 96-character elements were not available in as many fonts as the older 88-character types.

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SOURCE: Ribbon not advancing on Selectric II typewriter

Yoy can also check that the ribbon driver (the spicked post) is making contact with the ribbon the sometimes get sticky and dont close on the ribbon or close very slowley.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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SOURCE: How to change the ribbon on an IBM selectric II

If this is acorrecting T/W there is ared lever to the rt. of the ribbon rotate it to the front of the ribbon, pull the old ribbon up and off, drop the new ribbon on the ribbon deck, thread the ribbon to the left of the shock wire right where it comes out of the cassette, thread through the lift guides on either side of the element, turn the knob ccw to take up the slack, check to be sure the ribbon is not folded or twisted, move the red lever back.

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Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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SOURCE: how to install a ribbon in an IBM selectric II

Pull the orange lever located on the carrier to the side. Make sure the ribbon passes through the ribbon lift guide next to the platen. The ribbon should go behind the the thick part of the guide and through the fingers to the inside on the outside of the guide. There is a wire (usually with a white platice roller on it) sticking up from the carrier. Maker sure the ribbon goes aroung the outside of the wire. Snap the ribbon down on the carrier then close the orange lever back in place.

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SOURCE: I need to know how to install a ribbon on an IBM

Go to lexmark.com and click your way to publications there you can get instructions and pictures of installation. Remember there are 2 different ribbons for Selectric III,s.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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SOURCE: I need a visual set of instructions to change the

A picture is worth a thousand words. Go to Lexmaek.com, click your way to publications there you will find a downloadable instruction book.

DickyO

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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