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Olivetti Lettera 32 Typewriter Carriage Stuck Jammed Locked Up rigidly all the way to left.

Please excuse my lack of proper typewriter terminology, I'm new to this,
but I hit the "bing" button which releases the carriage to the left so I could start a new sentence, and the carriage jammed, seemingly as far as it could go to the left. It has been suggested to me that the carriage has gone off the rail, but I would think it might wobble about a bit if that were the case, or be at some angle, but it does not, it is absolutely rigid and immovable.

I feel like this is probably something really simple to solve, and I'm a bit of an idiot for asking, but any reply or help on how I can free this carriage back into order is greatly appreciated.

Thanks and regards,
Carl.

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  • benway May 29, 2008

    Nope, that didn't do, but thanks a lot anyway. I think I know the one you mean. Do you mean the thing on some typewriters that holds the carriage in the middle so it doesn't move when being transported?
    Thanks again anyhow.


  • benway May 29, 2008

    Oh, I meant "that didn't do it" not "that didn't do". It was a perfectly good idea.

  • benway May 29, 2008

    I solved the problem! It required a little bit of force, which I didn't want to use, but after many hours I got fed up. I did muck about with the little tab, as Ryan said to, to release the mechanism, so maybe that was a part of it, but on it's own it didn't work.

    Directly under the carriage, toward the right, built into the rail, is a little lever, which I had also been fooling around with. I messed with the initial tab, and pulled this little lever under the carriage, and whacked the left side of the carriage with my hand quite hard, while trying to sort of jiggle it, or get it to budge (although at first VERY lightly with a hammer, but I stopped because I didn't want to ruin it)
    and finally it moved to the right and now swings freely!

    I used the initial tab to get it into position, BUT
    there is a new problem.
    I can move the carriage with my hand, and it is still connected to the string, springs, and rails and all, but it doesn't lock, that is to type, it just swings back and forth freely. Tapping keys has no effect except to just whack.

    Does anybody have any clues about this? Any advice is appreciated as I would love to start typing with this!

    Thanks very much for your advice Ryan, and to anybody who might be able to help out.
    Regards,
    Carl.


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There might be a little tab below the carriage wheel on the left of the machine. You should be able to move it up or down, and release the mechanism.

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