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A green machine

by | Sep 11, 2023 | Royal | 8 comments

 Here’s the typewriter that goes in the case whose handle I replaced with “one weird trick.”

This is a 1935 Royal A portable with a deep green finish—still lovely despite the wear and chips.

This typewriter was quite grimy, so I removed the shell (fairly challenging) and gave it a bath in an ultrasonic cleaning tank. Mitch Hamm alerted me that such tanks, big enough to dip a portable while keeping its keys out of the water, are now available for a mere $150 or so. Here’s the Royal undergoing what sounds like electroshock therapy, but is really just a micro-agitated bath. Concentrated Simple Green Industrial Cleaner & Degreaser was added to hot water in a 1:20 ratio.

I also replaced the paper bail rollers, feed rollers, and platen. The feed rollers were recovered with automotive tubing; the paper bail rollers and platen came from a ca. 1960 Futura 800 parts machine. (The 1935 platen was pockmarked and rock hard.)

Now this good ol’ Royal is ready to write!

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Handsome! :D

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  2. Anonymous

    The ultrasonic bath trick looks interesting, but my Google search on such devices turns up nothing. Inquiring minds want to know. Got any more info?

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  3. Kevin Stallaert

    I wish they were that cheap in Europe. I need to cough up twice hat amount for a sizeable ultrasonic cleaner. But it's the best way to get all dirt out from every crevice. Maybe one day.

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  4. Doug Freeman

    Had a feeling whatever was in that case you fixed up would be either maroon or green, but also anticipated chrome trim. Maybe yours is an early version of that machine? Looks like it's elite too, yes? Such a handsome typewriter.

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  5. Anonymous

    Excellent, thanks! I was very excited to see that this unit would also do “mental cleaning”, according to the description. After years of breathing PB Blaster fumes, this is just what I need! I immediately sent in my order. Thanks, TomR

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  6. Richard P

    Yes, it's elite. I guess the Model A doesn't have chrome. I find it hard to keep track of all the minor variations of Royal portables in the '30s, but The Typewriter Database helps a lot.

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  7. Richard P

    Ha ha, I hadn't noticed that! Presumably a typo for "dental." (Just plunge your face into the thing and your teeth will be shiny … no, I think they mean dentist's tools.)

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