While doing research on my Oliver No. 9’s problems, I came across an entertaining post about a Remington Travel-Riter DeLuxe by Robert Messenger. He described its ribbon vibrator and the spool capstans as “banjaxed”. I thought to myself: I will add that word and all its imaginary variations to my vocabulary.
My Oliver No. 9 isn’t the only train wreck in the house. While undeniably sexy, our Corona Four is thoroughly banjaxed. She has lived hard, but has obviously had a grand old time. I have photographed her in all her magnificent banjaxment. Here we go:
The Toll of Hard Living
- Frozen carriage. I had hoped that it was just a case of the carriage lock being on, but I really don’t think so.
- Ribbon vibrator in permanent “up” position – gives her a bit of a surprised look
- Broken space bar
- Sunken keys with missing linkage
- Bent typebars
- Deceased ribbon
- Generalized grime
Here’s some more pictures of her in alluring disarray:
I can clean her up – she has the potential for stunning looks. However, I don’t want just a display specimen. I want the Corona Four working and earning her keep in my stable of machines.
I am going to take the Corona completely apart. After I finish the Oliver.