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    Default WTB: Friden Flexowriter Service Manual

    WTB: Friden Flexowriter / Justowriter Service Manual, tools or spare parts or factory training manuals. Service manual for SFD or ANY similarly cased Flexowriter. Manual can be original or copy.
    Also, any leads as to repair or any of the above would be appreciated.

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    I will have one in late April I hope. Check back with me then, I will scan and put online when I get it.
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    You might want to ask the folks at the TNMOC in the UK (http://www.tnmoc.org/) if you can't find anything any where else. They have a Friden on the Collosus, but I think they are also short of service info. There are also some Friden manuals on Bitsavers but not sure if they match yours..
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    Quote Originally Posted by g4ugm View Post
    You might want to ask the folks at the TNMOC in the UK (http://www.tnmoc.org/) if you can't find anything any where else. They have a Friden on the Collosus, but I think they are also short of service info. There are also some Friden manuals on Bitsavers but not sure if they match yours..
    I donated a Flexowriter to the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists computer museum this Christmas, if you're headed to the VCF East this year, it'll be there. I will get the docs by then and deliver them to the museum when I go to the festival. Assuming I get the manuals that is.

    I have a pic or two on my site if you want to see if yours is like MARCH's

    http://vintagecomputer.net/friden/flexowriter/

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    Thanks Dave.
    There's enough info on operation and programming but not much on service.

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    Hi Bill,
    Service manuals and tools are hard to locate, but not rare.
    I found someone who has been "servicing Flexowriter's since 1961". I have an appointment this week to take the Flexo to him. I thought that I could replace the belt myself, but after he told me I'd probably need "a Bristol 6 spline and a 4 spline Bristol DS-069-4 for the motor/tab governor pulley" and "Dis-assembly involves removing the bottom Selector unit, the Tape Punch unit, the Power Roll, the main Drive Shaft , and in some cases the cover by the power switch", I decided a professional was needed.

    Here's a link to the Flexowriter page: http://www.p3oriontopsecret.com/frid...eripheral.html

    I hope you get a service manual in April.

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    I happen to posess a Systems Adjustment Manual for Friden SFD/SPS//SPD Flexowriter and a variety of the add-on options. Is this what you are looking for?

    Also, I have some of the small hand tools (Bristol wrenches, spring gague, spring hooks, etc) but I no longer have the type adjusting (forming) tools, the various ounce and fractional weigths or other the many other specialty tools.

    If I can find the correct box, I have spare cams, springs, permutation bar and other parts.

    I went to the Friden school in San Leandro in 1967 to maintain SPD's on Burroughs D825 systems (USAF BUIC systems), and used the knowledge when servicing PDP-1/4/5 systems for DEC.

    Regards - Bill Vickers

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    vickersw1,
    Sent you a PM.

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    I worked for Friden/Singer from 1961 until 1976 when TRW bought the support operation and Singer closed the door on the rest.

    I repaired the Flexowriter and Computypers.

    Could I be of any help?

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    I'm also interested in maintenance information: schematics, wiring diagrams, parts diagrams, adjustment procedures, etc. I happened upon a large number of flexowriters for cheap and decided to grab them.

    Some of them can be seen in these photos:
    http://computergraphicsmuseum.org/wp...03/wall-01.jpg
    http://computergraphicsmuseum.org/wp...03/wall-02.jpg

    Whenever I obtain manuals or other documentation, I scan them so they're accessible to all.

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