Disassemble and reassemble an Olympia SG1 in the time that it takes to bake a potato.

One of the great pleasures of having an Olympia SG1, other than the fact that it is a great typer with neat features, is how easy it is to take off the carriage and to remove the body. This makes it easy to clean and easy to adjust (uppercase and lowercase alignment, for example). My previous machine was manufactured in 1957. This new acquisition was manufactured in 1961. There are minor differences between the two. The newer machine better protects the card holders when reattaching the carriage. The newer machine also does not say “De Luxe” on its plate over the slugs, albeit it has all of the same features. Here are a few photos of the machine’s inner workings (or engine block, if you will).

Once the left and right side knobs are flipped in the same direction, the carriage pulls right off (pulling upward). The body screws are easy to find for body removal.

Cleaning is easy. Not surprisingly, the sound-dampening materials were corroded. I used a vacuum to remove them. I glued cut yoga mat material into my last SG1. It works quite well. I’ll likely do the same here. Other than that, there wasn’t much cleaning for me to do.

I used a copper-coated brillo pad to clear up the metal parts. Before starting this maintenance, I popped a potato into the oven. As I finished reassembling machine, the potato was ready. The good news is that a friend is sending me a ribbon cover from his parts machine. The other good news is that the potato was quite tasty.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. John Cooper says:

    I love the 1/ key; haven’t seen one of those before. But what is the @¢ key doing on the left of the colon and semicolon? That would really trip me up.

    I wouldn’t mind trying one of these, though they look so hulking when you’re used to the SM series.


    1. mcfeats says:

      I hd noticed the key placement. It is the reverse on my older SG1. Weird.

      I think the SG1 is the ultimate writing machine (some might argue for the Hermes Ambassador), but it weighs forty pounds and demands a permanent spot on a desk.

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  2. mcfeats says:

    “I had not noticed.” I hate writing on this darn iPad.


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