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I have a manual desktop circa 1940s royal typewriter. Bought it from a professional online who claimed it worked, everything looks good but the carriage and ribbon will not move. Tried messing with the margin buttons but still wont move. Help please!!!

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Hi. The biggest problem with these old typewriters is they sit for long periods of time. The old lube gets gummy and locks everything up. There is a lock that centres the carriage for the cover to close. I worked on these things years ago. If your carriage is not moving, or if you move out to the right and it flys over the draw band or tape is gone. If you a little technical this is how I was taught to clean them. You probably won't be able to remove the platten. The roller the keys hit. Cover it with towel. In a metal can use a little mineral spirit mix with some wd40. 1parts spirit 2 parts WD. Light bristled brush, clean type nest. If you can get it into spray bottle spray areas. You can see. Let it sit overnight to dreaming and dry cover plastic keys as well. Let me know if it helped.

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    not dream drain. on old rag towels, dont let it get on wood etc.

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Most royal portables have a locking lever to lock the carriage in the center position try looking on the right side near the lower edge of the carriage

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SOURCE: Royal Portable typewriter ribbon

Hi, I have a Royal Companion Portable from 1940's. I bought new ribbons at mytypewriter.com (select the "Royal Portable" ribbon). It fits. Anyway if it doesn't it's not an expensive mistake, but I researched this and apparently all vintage Royal Portables have the same standard ribbon. Worked out in my case. Good luck!

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The ribbon should reverse itself if it working properly. Just to the indide of each ribbon is a reversing that the ribbon should go thru, Move that arm away from the empty spool and type a few letters it should reverse. DickyO

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SOURCE: resetting the margins on a manual typewriter.

I can't be for sure if these are auto set margins, but it sounds like they might be. If they are, first move the carriage as far to the right as you can. Hold the Left Margin Set (not Margin Release) lever as you move the carriage all the way to the left. Release the Margin Set Button or Lever. Now hold the Right Margin Set Button or Lever (not the Margin Release), and move the carriage all the way to the right while holding the Margin Set. Once the carriage is all the way to the right, release the Margin Set. Move the carriage to the place you want to set your left margin. Hit the Left Margin Set and then release. Move the carriage to where you want to set the right margin. Hit the Right Margin Set and release it. It gets confusing, but Margin Release does not set margins. Its sole purpose is only to bypass the margins. Hope this helps.

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A lot of possibilities Which lights, beeps, how many? Check for debris in and around the printwheel, look for any obstructions under the carrier, put a few drops of oil on the silver shaft the carrier ride on.

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