I just acquired my first Oliver No. 5. Very cool. I will freely admit to not knowing much about these machines. I also broke the cardinal rule in buying this typewriter: Know what you are buying!
The carriage did not move upon testing but I hoped that was a relatively minor issue…. Other than encrusted in dirt and grime, it looked like it was in very good shape overall. Everything else seemed to function on the Oliver even if it was molasses slow. Took the plunge and I am now looking forward to the clean-up.
Things have started off well. Downloaded instructions for the machine and quickly was able to remove the carriage. Discovered that the hook which catches the return string was stuck down in the machine instead of hooked onto the correct spot so that the carriage could catch upon install. Moved the hook to the right spot, put back on the carriage and it functioned as designed!
Other then that I have only studied the Oliver to this point. This has raised several questions I have so far been unable to answer.
- Where is the serial number? (I have seen others where it is located on a plate on the back. Not on this one? Nor on the rail as could be seen when the carriage is off.)
- Where is the Backspacer? (I have been told that this addition was what changed the model number from a No. 4 to a No. 5. It has not been broken off. It was never there.)
- Why is all the bare metal a copper/goldish in color? (I thought that all the metal should be chrome/nickel? Is this different or is it just dirty or corroded? If so, what would be the best way to remove this discoloration?)
I would appreciate any input before I begin on these questions and if there are any special considerations in cleaning an Oliver. It appears that the machine will clean up well with only minor nicks in the paint. Thanks!
More to come……………