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Date Posted: 16:18:51 11/28/02 Thu
Hello fellow InterLinos:
After looking for more than a year, late last summer I purchased a nice Intertype C-4 through a listing I saw here on Dave's site. The machine was located in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, about 450 miles from my home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After making the "deal" on the phone with the current owner, I hitched up my trailer and took off to take possession on my new gem.
The seller only had the machine for a year or so, obtaining it from the original owner who purchased it new in 1956; Amalgamated Printing in Peterboro, Ontario. The owner said that he had done some casting on the machine, but that there were a "few things" that had to be fixed.
I hauled it home, unloaded it, and located it my home hobby printshop. Never mind it didn't run, it just looked beautiful sitting there in all its glory! Oh, the stories I bet it could tell . . .
With the help of my good friend Dave Seat, the machine is now up and running like it did when it was new. We found a number of problems which had to be corrected: a missing 30 em ejector blade; mold driving pinion shaft leather dried out and stuck, and "groaning" when the machine cycled; broken spring on the lower case "t" keyboard springrod; and left vise jaw control rod loose on the quadder. I have ordered some parts from Don Black in Toronto to fix a worn bushing on the matrix delivery belt driving wheel pulley shaft, and a second elevator bar. Also, the heater relays are both pretty bacd, so I will replace them also. I am considering installing digital readout solid state controls. But, that's another story.
I have spent the past several days playing with this ol' girl, and getting to know her better. Like any complex machine, there are many small items which need attention and maintenance. But, my C-4 is among the living, and pumping out the lead. I took after her with an air hose and solvent rag yesterday, and she is definately looking pretty "fine" now.
. . . Now, I still have some room in my shop. Maybe a Comet with a TTS unit would look nice sitting next to the C-4! Humm . . .
Speed Gray, APA 736
The Gray Quill Press
Grand Rapids, MI