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Old remington typewriter

This is an old Remington typewriter from the '30s or '40s... it still seems in good shape, but when you hit the keys, the carriage does not advance.  Seems like it should just be a belt of something, but I do not want to go poking around without advice and possibly make the problem worse.  I can supply photos of the typewriter if you really want to see them.

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  • cnguyen1 Feb 14, 2008

    For some reason when I type, the carriage won't advance. Moreover, when I try to manually move the carriage, it too is stuck.

  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2008

    I acquired a 1930-1940 Remington Typewriter which looks to be in good shape, but carriage is locked up. The keys work, but nothing will move the carriage backwards or foreward. It rolls paper up and down, but that's it.



    Charles M. Harper

    804-273-0780

  • robstack Mar 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. These instructions are a bit complicated to follow. Does anyone have picture samples?

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G'day mate, most likely cause is that the drawband is broken/disconnected. Look under the right-hand side of the carriage,you would have to tilt the typewriter on it's back. There you will see a small hook where the drawband should be attached to. If not, set the typewriter on it's feet again and move the carriage to the extreme right then looking down past the left thumb wheel you will notice a drum with the drawband attached. Rotate it until the drawband hook come into view. Get a piece of strong wire about 12 inches long,fashion one end into a hook,thread it through the machine under the carriage,from the right-hand side until it appears just over the drum. Ayyach the drawband hook to it and pull your piece of wire out to the right. You will notice the drum rotating and the increasing tension on the drawband , this good,nothing is going to snap, break etc. Hook the drawband on to it's latch and try the typing. If the typewriter's carriage moves slowly it means that there is not enough tension on the main-spring located inside that drum. Do not depair, because by removing both side plates you will see a large screw on each side of the back cover plate remove these and then you will see the mainspring drum in it's entirety. There will be a winding gear central to the drum,loosen the locking pawl and begin winding in aclock-wise direction to increase the main-spring tension. Test the carriage occasionally for tension.
When all is OK reverse all what you did before.  Cheers and goo luck from Australia....

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Alot of these old typewriters had a lock point in the center of the carriage so they would sit properly in the case for transport. Usually these are unlocked by a release lever on 1 or both sides of the carraige, by the platen or rollers. My Remington deluxe noiseless has this lock, it is released via a lever on the right hand side. Poke around and pull the levers up and down and often you can find the correct lever to release the carriage. Often this same lever will also lock it back up for transport. Good luck and happy typing!

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