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I have an Olivetti Lettera 32 cursive typewriter

It's pretty dirty and needs to be cleaned, what's the best way to clean the mechanisms insie? I also need a manual because I'm not quite sure how to use it. How does the carriage advance when I've reached the end of a sentence? I also need a new ribbon and I'm wondering where to get one and how to install it. I'm so excited about this typewriter and the opportunity to get it into good working order. Sara

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Basic typewriter restoration (Xavier University) - http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/tw-restoration.html

Advanced restoration techniques from The Typewriter Restoration Site - http://www.xs4all.nl/~catch55/

Olivetti Lettera 22 Instruction Manual care of Strikethru blog: http://www.strikethru.net/2009/11/blog-post.html (Olivetti Lettera 32 replaced the 22 model, so many of the functions will be the same).

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WHEN WE CLEANED THESE M ACHINES, REMOVE ALL THE RUBBER PARTS, TAKE COVERS OFF AND CLEAN WITH A SOLUTION THAT CLEANS METAL, WATCH OUT SOME DEGREASERS BREAK OR MELT PLASTIC. WE USE TO USE RUBBING ALCOHOL, LET DRY AND LIGHTLY SPRAY WITH A VERY LIGHT OIL, NOT WD40, THAT WILL RUN OFF, HAS TO BE OIL. REPLACE COVERS, AND RUBBER PARTS, TEST IT OUT.

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I have an Olivetti Lettera 32. I put a brand new ribbon in it and when I type, the letters are coming up too light on the paper. How do I fix this? What needs to be done?


First thing is to be sure the ribbon is feeding, watch while you type. if not you may have a universal spool ribbon that isn't quite that universal. Wind the ribbon onto your old spools.

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It needs cleaning. Are there instructions on the best way to do it?


really about the only thing an operater should clean would be the typefaces. I use a pin or needle to carefully remove clumps of ink from typefaces and then use a cloth dampened with alcohol to finish

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Problem 1 means the the spring on the springdrum has unwound. It is a job winding it and hooking the carriage cord back up. Might want to have a pro do this one.
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Is there somewhere in Australia where I can buy ribbons for the Olivette lettera 32


These ribbons are getting harder to find because the spools are no longer made. I suggest that you buy a ribbon the same width 1/2" and wrap it on your spools.

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Learn how to unlock the carriage in Olivetti Lettera 22 Manual posted by Ed Cornish (Carriage Locking Lever 7). It is a different machine model, but the lock/unlock mechanism might be the same.
You can see the full manual at Ed’s Flickr account or you can download it from here: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1322442/Olivetti%20Lettera%2022%20Manual.pdf (temporary link)

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