To remove the Top Plate you need to access the screw under the leather
on the left side. Start by allowing water or I use Windex since it's used
all the time to soak the leather. Very carefully lift up a edge using
tweezers wet Q-Tips under to remove the leather ... I did say be careful
Save the leather as it will be reused. Remove the screw.
Start by get the film winding mechanism to frame one on the counter
Remove the two small screws and
remove the counter.
Parts of the counter (plus the two small screws in the bowl)
Remove the screw in the counter and the screw on the top of the winder.
Open the film back and hold the empty film spool to keep the winder from
Counter and winder removed.
Winder parts laid out.
With the other screw removed from the accessory shoe the top is ready to
Simply wiggle and pry the top off using only your hands. That's all
there is to it.
Now the fun begins ... Pay special attention to what your doing all the
geared pieces have to go back together as they were.
Take detailed notes or follow this.
Remember the winder was set to frame "ONE" and we did not turn anything.
Now with a sharp scribe mark the two geared pieces. Pull straight up to
The above removed and turned over. The one on the right you have to be
careful with the two small cylinders can fall out and are hard to put back
together. I usually just clean the out side.
Push the Film spindle it will fall into the film chamber. Open the back
Film winder spindle removed.
Clean the film spindle and apply a light coat of grease and reinsert the
Insert a empty film spool under the film winder. This keeps the spindle
With the film winder spindle reinstalled. Take a Q-tip with alcohol and
remove the surface grease.
Mark the two gears with a scribe. Lift straight up
This is the under side the notches are what make the frame counter work.
Caution.... the center section will come out if not careful.
I normally leave it together.
As you can see the little cylinder fell out. It just sits in the grove
and is held in place by grease.
Next layer down, use a small tool to move the "Hook" out of the way
while lifting straight up.
THIS GEAR IS A LEFT HAND THREAD that is "Righty Loose and Lefty Tighty"
Usually no need to remove but make sure it is tight.
This is as far I went, tighten the gear and make sure all the area
is clean with nothing jamming any gear. Look for dirt or anything that would
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