The Underwood keeps slowly coming together. In cleaning the machine, I'm always glad to take the time to compare before and after pieces so that I can assure myself all is going well, and looking better.
Nice and shiny new lacquer on the left, dull dirty dusty tarnishing on the right.
This immediate difference made my day:
The left bar had previously looked like the right bar, but steel wool put an end to that.
I have every single remaining part of the body of the machine cleaned and painted, ready to be installed. That is just waiting on...
41 typebars. Yay for countless forthcoming hours of sitting like a zombie at the bench, dremel-ing away.
FUN FACT! The Underwood is designed to allow you to take out the type-bars without much dissassembly. Simply throwing the escapement and another bit allows you to wiggle type-bars out. Now you have no excuse to not clean your Underwood type-bars fully!
Has progress occurred? You decide!
Before being torn asunder
Trust me, it looked worse than the picture would lead you to assume.
Torn asunder, all the way to the frame.
Everything taken off, including the paint.
A new paint job
Keyboard completed, Ribbon assembly installed and tuned, Escapement, slotted segment, and type-bar rest installed, type-bar installation beginning.