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1973 Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 Serial # 6LEA-100975 1973 Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 typewriter, Serial # 6LEA-100975 Mei Travis's 1973 Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 typewriter. 2021-03-11 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1973 Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 Serial # 6LEA-100975 I thought I'd give an old cartridge machine a spin, since the ribbon is still available, but I was sorely disappointed to find that all the ribbon is old stock and not being made anymore, so it was dried out and printing a spotty light gray. The only thing this typewriter is good for is the platen and maybe other backup parts I can harvest for my Electras. If it weren't for the cartridge ordeal, it would be a decent typewriter. Someday I may get brave and try to transplant a standard ribbon mechanism into this typewriter since there's plenty of room for one.

UPDATE: The ribbon works perfectly, and the old lumpy cracked belts were causing the problems. Fortunately this is a common issue with an easy fix. I took the advice of a YouTuber and purchased a set of very large o-rings at Lowes for about $5 (photo below) and the two smallest of the narrow ones are perfect. For my Coronet, the 3.5" ( 89 mm) goes on the motor pulley and the 3-5/8" (92 mm) goes on the front. Keep in mind, these are o-rings, for sealing liquids, and not intended to be motor belts. O-rings have a little stretch unlike the original fiber-enforced belts, so there's no telling how long they'll last, but other clever typewriter peeps have reported several months of success so far. Yay!

1973 Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 #6LEA-100975

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 12-08-2020 at 05:21PM
Last Edit: 03-11-2021 at 11:07AM


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I thought I'd give an old cartridge machine a spin, since the ribbon is still available, but I was sorely disappointed to find that all the ribbon is old stock and not being made anymore, so it was dried out and printing a spotty light gray. The only thing this typewriter is good for is the platen and maybe other backup parts I can harvest for my Electras. If it weren't for the cartridge ordeal, it would be a decent typewriter. Someday I may get brave and try to transplant a standard ribbon mechanism into this typewriter since there's plenty of room for one.

UPDATE: The ribbon works perfectly, and the old lumpy cracked belts were causing the problems. Fortunately this is a common issue with an easy fix. I took the advice of a YouTuber and purchased a set of very large o-rings at Lowes for about $5 (photo below) and the two smallest of the narrow ones are perfect. For my Coronet, the 3.5" ( 89 mm) goes on the motor pulley and the 3-5/8" (92 mm) goes on the front. Keep in mind, these are o-rings, for sealing liquids, and not intended to be motor belts. O-rings have a little stretch unlike the original fiber-enforced belts, so there's no telling how long they'll last, but other clever typewriter peeps have reported several months of success so far. Yay!

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I'm thinking it is possible to re-ink this ribbon although it may be a huge PITA.
I'm thinking it is possible to re-ink this ribbon although it may be a huge PITA.




After replacing the worn belts with o-rings, it's like a new typewriter again. The printing problems were caused by belt slippage and not the cartriges themselves, which are all typing well now, both new and old nylon as well as the crisp black carbon film.
After replacing the worn belts with o-rings, it's like a new typewriter again. The printing problems were caused by belt slippage and not the cartriges themselves, which are all typing well now, both new and old nylon as well as the crisp black carbon film.


Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)

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Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.



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