Type slug fully extended as far as it will go - not touching the platen, just lightly grazing the ribbon. Another problem is that the paper bail rests quite close to the plastic guard, perhaps a result of the carriage sitting too low.
The shadow of the type slug on the platen - so close. And yet.
Look at that carriage - it just isn't sitting right. The groove is where it's rubbing against the shell each time I move it back and forth, wearing off the paint.
Does anyone know what the little lever under the left platen knob is for? I doubt it is the key to our problems, but I'm curious as to its function.
More scraping on the right side of the carriage.
A look at the innards - anything obvious out of place?
The carriage lock is the lever on the right, but it seems to be working as intended.
Another thing we're wondering is whether the metal nuts above need to be resting directly on the green hole below - it's slightly offset. But how we would manipulate it back, and whether it would make a difference... well, who knows.
These days, I am this guy. Oh, and as if to tempt me, this "Oliver" just appeared on eBay UK...