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Please let me know if you find a solution. The same problem is keeping my Olympia Simplex from going back into service.
I know it's a bit barbaric, but back in the day when old printers had this issue, I would simply remove the roller, sand it round, and reinstall it.
AH, yes. I have seen similar on some of mine since the first thing I do with mine after blowing them out with compressed air and brushing off the dust is remove the platen and whatever else needs removed to remove the pressure rollers. I clean them all and treat with rubber rejuvenator from Craig Labs (USA) or sometimes brake fluid (be careful if left on too long this will melt the rubber into a worthless goo). This usually softens them and if they are still out of round I true them on my lathe (sometimes I do this while they are still hard (it gums the file less). Some people cover out of round ones with heat shrink to return them to use. Worse case I get some rubber round stock and rebuild them. Just some of many suggestions from the world of the Typewriterdom.
This is one of the design features I really admire about the Olivetti machines - theirs are metal, and are not going flat anytime soon. There are many round rubber doodads with holes in the middle at the hardware store, surely one or another can be adapted for this use.
That sounds like some good tips, Mike, Bill and notagain. Maybe I'll find some time over the golidays to try it out.
I know that Ames can replace flattened feed rollers with new ones. I had that done to my Remie Scout not too long ago.
You have a great place here. Thanks for stopping by at Iron&Ribbon. A happy merry super Christmas for you and your family!!Max Rudiari
A long time ago (it seems) I shared a solution with Richard for bad rubber on an Underwood 3. The feed rollers being slimmer and linger than yours. It involved stripping off the old rubber - it usually isn't real rubber anyway and nothing will un-flatten it very successfully. I built up layers of square latex cut from washed surgical gloves. Rubber hose from an automotive repair shop could work - or even a series of very small diameter rubber bands or O-ring seals. This page might be some inspiration too. Good luck!
Rob,I like the idea of automotive rubber hoses. Those come in many sizes, a short trip to an auto parts store may be worthwhile.
I found latex tubing at the hardware store that worked well on the feed rollers for my Sholes Visible.
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