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Funny how much we have in common. Can you tell me how to remove the carriage on a Travel-Riter?
Hi Peter, I'm not familiar with the Travel-Riter, but you'll need to detach the drawband first. This will either be screwed onto a lug on the right end of the carriage or, if you are lucky, hooked on. If the latter, there should be somewhere on the body of the machine to hook it in tension while you figure out how to remove the carriage. Before this, I'd take a photo of the drawband's path, just in case it decides to recoil onto the motor in a hurry. The carriage will hit a stop, maybe a screw head or square nut either attached to the carriage itself, or to the body. Look for wear, this should help identify which screw or nut is used as a stop - or buffer, if we continue the railway analogy. When you find and remove it, the carriage should run off one end, probably leftwards. It may help to remove the platen and paper tray as well - if you are up to it. Your derailed carriage may have happened because the rails need adjusting. Their distance apart might have got too great. I think the rails on the carriage are fixed, so it may be the lower pair where you'll find a screw at each end which attaches the rail. The hole in the rail through which the screw passes may be slotted - giving some scope for adjustment - closer together in this case. I have actually performed this operation, but I can't remember which machine.Don't forget to replace the bearings before reassembly.Plan B would to ask Richard "Mr Remington" Polt.Plan C? At least you have a repairer within your shores!Plan D - get a replacement Travel-Riter.Seriously hope no professionals read this, or I'll be drummed out of the club. GOOD LUCK!
Ha ha! I'm hoping I can hook the drawband to the right side somehow - bent paper clip or something - so i don't have to re-feed it. Finding the time is the tough part. Thanks for the suggestions.