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1960 Tower Chieftain III Serial # 3 YT167152 1960 Tower Chieftain III typewriter, Serial # 3 YT167152 Erik Bruchez's 1960 Tower Chieftain III typewriter. 2021-08-18 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Erik Bruchez: 1960 Tower Chieftain III Serial # 3 YT167152 I got this machine for free. It's essentially a Smith-Corona Skyriter.

UPDATE 2021-08-18: The machine was originally free because the keys were "sticky". And they really were. I tried all sorts of solvents but nothing truly worked: things got better, but after a while everything was completely sticky again. So I decided to dig deeper. The front of the machine has slots where the key levers hang. I suspected the stickiness might be in there. I used a coat hanger to build a follower wire and, with a punch, I pushed out the rods that hold the keys together. The bottom one didn't seem to be the issue. But the top one was. I pulled out one by one the key levers that didn't move freely. They were systematically coated with some sticky sap-like substance. Wiping it away solved the problem.

See the "Cleaning the sticky key levers" link below for pictures of the process.

1960 Tower Chieftain III #3 YT167152

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Created: 10-26-2020 at 09:35PM
Last Edit: 08-18-2021 at 10:51PM


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I got this machine for free. It's essentially a Smith-Corona Skyriter.

UPDATE 2021-08-18: The machine was originally free because the keys were "sticky". And they really were. I tried all sorts of solvents but nothing truly worked: things got better, but after a while everything was completely sticky again. So I decided to dig deeper. The front of the machine has slots where the key levers hang. I suspected the stickiness might be in there. I used a coat hanger to build a follower wire and, with a punch, I pushed out the rods that hold the keys together. The bottom one didn't seem to be the issue. But the top one was. I pulled out one by one the key levers that didn't move freely. They were systematically coated with some sticky sap-like substance. Wiping it away solved the problem.

See the "Cleaning the sticky key levers" link below for pictures of the process.

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Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)

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I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1980s. As of 2020, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.



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