Thursday, 11 July 2013

Lexikology


Olivetti Lexikon 80 fully clothed
Remove ribbon/segment cover
Remove l/h slotted carriage screw (the one with the washer)
Remove l/h front bodywork screw
Remove r/h front bodywork screw
...and the second carriage screw
Centre the carriage and lift straight up...
...and away
Remove the newly uncovered l/h rear bodywork screw...
...and the one on the right
Lift straight up
To reassemble, reverse the order

12 comments:

  1. It remains beautiful every step of dismantlation.

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  2. Indeed, Nick!
    And just stunning accessibility design too. (:
    Ahh, Olivettis - if only I didn't have such bad luck with those Italian minxes :D

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  3. Many thanks for documenting the surgery, Rob. This is a great resource for us.

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  4. Those are some interesting photos.

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  5. After your first post I promptly took the cover off mine just for the hell of it. Incredibly easy indeed. Found some well preserved insects I never knew were in there. I love the criss-cross design of the inner frame.

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  6. Your machine cleaned up nicely. It's fun working on something designed for easy maintenance.

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  7. Well! That's quite well done. You know, I still haven't seen one of these in the flesh yet. I might have to have a poke at mr Snows!

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  8. I have to say that I never knew about the removing of the carriage on the Lexikon 80. However thanks to your blog I have a much cleaner machine today. The carriage use to stop at 47 and I had to push it to 50. Now the machine is working like new! Thank You for sharing and saving my machine.

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    1. Thank you Jose. I call that a result!

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  9. Great post, don't know how I missed this one until now!

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  10. Hey Rob, every few months, i come back to this post because every few months, convince myself that it is time to clean up my own Lex80. Simultaneously, i also flirt with the idea of repainting it to resemble the Graphika, like how Dwayne of Vintage Technology Obsessions did. One of these days for sure...
    Thanks for documenting the steps for carriage and cover removal and give the boost of confidence to perform some surgery.

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    1. That an interesting process - it really does look like a Graphika but with a one-piece space bar and just the single lever coming out of the ribbon selector hole... and the badge of course. I haven't removed the paper table from the carriage - it looks fiddly but not impossible. The sculptural shape of these typewriters will really lend itself to a new paint job!

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