Some of you might recognize this ol' machine. (Though with its front frame, perhaps)
You would have last seen it at https://myoldtypewriter.wordpress.com/, where it had been brought from a dysfunctional state to one of smooth foxy typin' action. (I would like to mention that this machines carriage advanced very smoothly on arrival... despite the fact it is missing its ball bearing. Now that's a smooth design!) Now, due to the incredible generosity of a fellow Typospherian, Mrs. Mary E., it has come into my possession. And I will not fail this Fox; it's going to get the full, patented, copyrighted and trademarked Words Are Winged™ Typewriter Restoration Treatment©.
What does that even mean, oh insane one?
Well, that means that this grand ol' Fox is going to have its:
Nickel parts re-plated
Aluminum parts polished to a shine
Painted mechanisms repainted
All parts properly lubricated
All rust eradicated
All typing... perfected.
The shifting arms had, once again, broken during transit. Folks, I hereby declare all Fox Desktops officially un-shippable. The magic pixies are out to harm these glorious machines.
The paint will be the hardest part to deal with. I'm good with the mechanics, but I'm still learning to deal properly with paint. Especially pain that has its layer of varnish bubbling and yellowing.
A comparison of the Underwood 5 frame to the Fox. The Underwood would be slightly smaller, I believe.
A little bit of careful scratching revealed the gold lettering of the E. That whoever randomly painted some of the parts on this machine did so without even caring about the beautiful decor annoys me.
Well, perhaps I can get this thing cleaned without taking it apaWOOPS
Too late. This is the Fox after only an hour and a half in my hands.
The back top frame piece is held in by a rod in the dead center on its bottom. I cannot yet get it out, and that annoys me as well. It would expose the rest of the typewriter if I could get it out. That is tomorrows official job.
A Gajillion linkages. Not a Billion. A Gajillion.
Underwood Update: I've got the paper bail plate painted, and the front plate primed. This is what Regal Red looks like. Now, I just need to await the arrival of the new decals.