Of course, it is impossible to offer even a little help or advice to someone with a problem with their typewriter unless that typewriter is right there in front of you. Even when you have the problem typewriter at arm’s length, it is a huge advantage to have another, working model of the same typewriter, to sit beside the problem machine and work out where the two differ.
The best I can do in the case of Tyler Anderson is to post here a series of photographs showing the anatomy of the Fox No 1 portable, in the hope he will be able to look through them and work out what needs to be fixed. This, by the way, is the typewriter Richard Polt so generously gave me when I was in Cincinnati last October.
Tyler has approached a few collectors, including Richard, seeking advice on the restoration of his Fox. “In my endeavours, I have found that the system for ringing the bell has been rendered inoperable. Namely, the small wire holding the weight which strikes the bell has, in the machine’s long life, snapped. Alongside this, the wire spring which puts tension on the rotating piece which holds said weight-wire had not been in its proper place. Luckily, I believe I have found all the pieces within the carrying case, and am now at the conundrum of having to figure out exactly how the system is supposed to work. I ask for your help in understanding how the pieces are supposed to go together again.”
Tyler, if any more photos are required to help you out, please let me know, but I think this series of 35 images just about covers the whole anatomy of a Fox No 1 portable typewriter: