It's always interesting how some things are there, and we just can't see them. Not so much for lack of trying, but for lack of knowing. And lack of visibility.
Case in point, an Underwood 5 frame brought down to bare metal. I've had this machine for about two years, and have been on and off working on it for most of this year.
Stamped as serial number 475,051-5, I rescued this machine from the depths of hell (otherwise known as Spokane). It had a good bit of rust when I got it.
If we look at the now exposed left side frame, where the foot would go, we see it stamped as 541824. What does the difference in serial numbers mean? Does the one on the base take into account all machine frames ever produced, and the actual number takes out of consideration broken or unused frames?
You will also note that the frame is not one single piece. The front bar is a seperate bit, with pins and screws to hold it to the frame sides.
The two screws at the top were unexposed prior to glassbeading, and are as flush as can be with the frame... perfect for painting over.
And the back piece is, of course, also a separate bit that is in place due to screws and pins.
This Underwoods getting painted tomorrow, in Regal Red. With the mechanisms painted black and new decals on the way, this Underwood is getting the full revitalization treatment.