I cannot tell from the picture if they are bent up, as in they do not lay flat against the rest. Or, if they are bent to the left or right and are hitting adjacent slug(s).
They are bent up! It has no effects on the typing... But ruins the aesthetical!
You can bend them into place very very VERY carefully. Hold the type car with one hand and just give the slug a slight push with your other hand. It is better to make many small adjustments than one BIG one (and break the typewriter!)
Thank for the tip :) I'll give it a try :)
They were probably bent out of shape by someone playing with them. So, the fulcrum for the bend is probably the point where they exit their slots. You have to use this as the fulcrum for bending them back with gentle pressure, one at a time, and only a little each time, until each type head can pass cleanly through the type guide without sticking. Trial and error, using not too much force. If you put a new bend in elsewhere along the length of the type bar, it will be very difficult to maintain the length of reach or the correct strike angle of the type slug itself. If you end up snapping one in the process (possible but unlikely) you are allowed to swear and congratulate yourself on becoming the new owner of a 'spare parts' machine.Good luck!
Since the typewriter is typing OK, I am not sure the other comments are right. The typebars themselves may be fine, and if you bend them they may not work properly. I suspect they are sticking up because the LINKS to the typebars are a little short. See if you can lengthen the links a little by pulling or pushing on them with some pliers. Lift a typebar to see and reach the link that connects to it.
I don't know about the typebars, but this hammertone-Baby looks absolutely gorgeous! My Continental 340 also has two slightly raised typebars, if I press them down, the corresponding keys go up, so I think it's in the leverage.
I have never seen a hammertone version of the baby - would you post some more pictures? thanks & congratulations!!ps: what's the serial number?
Thank you all for your help! I'll spend a few hours this weekend following your instructions and trying to fix it :) Hope to have the machine ready to be introduced to blog soon. I don't want to spoil the surprise but it's kind of a Baby but it's not an Hermes :)
Fernando, sorry I don't know how to help you.But I agree with Florian and Georg, please post full view pics of this Baby!
Fernando, Richard is on the money! The type bar linkage has been distorted and therefore have become too short. Get long nose pliers and lift up enough keys so that you can see the bent links. Grasp the offending link and lift upwards! Remember, gently. See what effect that has. If the keys is sitting down lower then you are on the right path.Good Luck....John