I was able to obtain the answers I required to understand the Oliver No. 5 sufficiently, to attempt the clean-up needed that will put the machine back into shape. For those that do not follow any of the other typewriter groups, I will provide those answers here.
- Where is the serial number? See my previous post for both locations on the typewriter.
- Where is the Backspacer? Did Oliver make any No. 5 machines without a backspace lever? Backspace lever was added sometime after the Oliver No. 5 was introduced. (See below)
- Why is all the bare metal a copper/goldish in color? No definitive answer on this one. Some speculation that this was nicotine stains however there was no such smell accompanying the machine. Discoloration is best described as like a yellowing varnish.
- Did Oliver's come with shiny Nickel, or was it more muted? Much of the exposed Nickel plating apparently came shiny. The remainder of the nickel was more of a satin finish.
- Does someone with more experience on Oliver's think that a backspace lever could be mounted on my machine? Where can I obtain a backspace lever for my machine? Moot point, I would not put something on the machine which did not originally come from the factory.
- Where can I obtain ribbon covers? I did find a place on eBay for reproduction ribbon covers and ordered a pair (See Below). These repo’s do not have holes in the top as most production covers I have seen on Oliver’s have. Also not sure the color will match? We shall see.
Armed with the above knowledge it was time to tackle the work. As my previous post shows, I was able to remove the yellowing film from the spot on the back of the carrier where the serial number is located. This was not achieved however without considerable elbow grease.
Starting with the removed carrier, I progressed through a series of methods for removal of the yellowish film. I will not reveal that method yet because only the carrier has been completed and I want to be sure that my methods do not cause something bad while doing the body of the machine.
The results on the carrier do seem promising as the images show.
Before & After:
More to come............
Oliver No. 5 Year of Manufacture: No. 5 started about serial number 183000 in 1907. Backspace added about 282,000 approximately 1911. (http://www.sljohnson.net/typewriter/oliver/oliver-serials.html)
Reproduction Ribbon Spool Covers for Oliver Typewriters 3,5,7,9 and 11: Enter this query into eBay for this item from “oliverserviceuk”. Cost $30.29 + shipping.