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Olivetti Lettera 32 Mainspring possibly broken, or something like that.

Cool. Actually, I tried that, don't think that was the problem, [carriage may just have been jammed] but it may have been.
See I sort of half solved the problem [but it added a new one]. Releasing the carriage required a little bit of force [which I added with the release lever up and down to see which was which], which I didn't want to use, but after many hours I got fed up. I did muck about with the little tab, as part of it, suggested by another feller [Ryan], 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 [with escalating degrees of hardness] a few times till I hit it 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!

But, this sort of led to 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.

I consulted with a typewriter guy on the phone [but he wants over a hundred bucks to fix it] and he said, seemingly certain, that "the main spring is broken".

Would you maybe have any clues about this? Any advice is appreciated as I would love to start typing with this!

Thanks a billion for your response and advice, and any more you may be able to render.


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Not sure--sounds like you may have broken something in getting the release to give way...I'd say see if Olivetti has an 800 number, they might know better

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