Isolette II parts and questions re: broken film advance screw

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  1. ChicagoDave

    ChicagoDave Member

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    (I meant Isolette III wrong title)

    Didn't know where to put this so I cross posted in a couple of categories, hope that's ok..

    Just found you guys and have a question..

    I have an Agfa Isolette III and I stupidly snapped off the screw that holds the film advance knob on.

    I was taking the top off to do some cleaning..the screw was tight, started turning...snap.

    I have two issues...one: a source for a new screw. Hopefully, the exact screw for the sake of staying vintage.

    Second: Drilling out the shaft of the old screw...

    I spose I plan on putting a few drops of penetrating oil into the screwhole where the broken screw rests and letting that soak for a few days.

    Then, with a very small drill bit, getting a starter hole going in the screw shaft...

    After that???

    Using a backwards screw puller? Not sure if they make those small enough for this...or, figuring a way to get hold of the screw to get it to turn. there is no wa I can see to get a dremel in there to create new slot on the top of the screw shaft.

    Any help on this would greatly appreciated.

    One more thing actually..I'm considering doing a bellows replacement..any sources for well made, well fitted bellows for an Isolette III?

    Thanks all..

    Dave
     
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  2. psboon

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    Hello....

    If you can find a small enough left hand twist drill it may back the screw out. They make very small left hand bits. A gunsmith may be able to help you. Hope his will help.
     
  3. ChicagoDave

    ChicagoDave Member

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    psboon,

    I got it out by slowly scribing a slot in the top of the shaft (a harder metal blade vs softer brass) with a very sharply pointed knife until it would accept a jewelers screwdriver.

    Once the oil did it's work it came out easily. Ha, "easily" after I figured out that it was a screw with reverse threads. That's why I broke the darn thing, trying to remove by turning lefty-loosy. Sometimes you learn the hard way.

    I appreciate your comment, thanks

    Now I just need a source for a screw to match the one I broke.
     
  4. Frank R

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    Watch ebay for old parts cameras. You may even win one in nicer shape than yours.
     
  5. ChicagoDave

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    Frank,

    Doing that as we speak..thanks

    This little baby is in pretty nice shape, except for this darn screw. Though, my head hurts from banging it against the wall after I realized what I had done
     
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