Selectrik II sat for years. No escapt to next space after typing a letter or number
I used to work on IBM- 360/75J in 1974. Used a 1052 output console. Could fix it with one hand.
Bought a Selectric II. It sat for 15 years in the garage. Fired it up and no typie. Cleaned all spring clutches, cables, escapements etc. Motor is motoring, clutches are clutching, stainless tape is tight and expertly adjusted ... but unless hot (leave on and under a blanket for 2 days), the carriage won't escape to the next space after typing a letter or number.
Tab causes a full excursion of the carriage, return causes a full excursion back home. Tab stops and margins are honored. Print head strikes paper, ribbon moves up for the stroke, repeat hyphen works except for no escapement.
This should be a simple problem. I am stumped (because I don't know what widget is not moving out of the way).
The machine is loaded with WD-40 in hopes it will loosen some stuck by grease part (since it works when hot, I have eliminated rust or foreign objetct. No paperclips, bobby pins or PB&J sandwitch from the kids 15 years ago.
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Left Rear chrome lever with ABCDE or - marks should be towards the typist and the red ball next to the typing ballo should be moved to a higher number. Messy printing is caused by paper not being held tight against platen(black roller)
Several possible causes. Needs lubrication most commonly. Sometimes the velocity cable is hung up on the left side and under the carriage. remove the ribbon and shine a light down on the left side and look for a cable hung up on the pulley, make a hook with a paper clip and lift the cable up and past the pulley
If you know how to remove the right dust cover (black inside the T/W below the carrier) next to the R. side frame is the correction set up mech. spray some WD40 on the arms especially where they pivot, they should free up.
Selectric I and II type elements are identical (88 char) where Selectric III uses a different element (96 char). The 88 character element will have white lettering and the 96 character element will have yellow. Directly underneath the lift-up tab to remove the element will be a 3-digit number. That's the last 3 digits of the element's part number, which will be preceeded by 1167 for 88 character, or 1352 or 96 character. For example, if you have a '052" stamped on the element, and it's an 88 character style, the P/N will be 1167052.
The correcting mechanism is an intricate additional function of the backspace function. To test it/adjust it/or repair it requires the machine be hand-cycled using a hand cycle wheel which is screwed into the right hand side operational shaft. It's unlikely that an un-trained party would be successful repairing this..