Yikes. I wish I would have seen this thread sooner, but this is the first time that I have visited this subforum. It is pretty easy to make a straight conversion. First take off the back and the plate around the opening to the bellows and you can get rid of these (this saves an enormous amount of weight). Use an old 405 type polaroid back (these can be had for pennies on ebay. Look for one that fits a Bronica or similar medium format camera) Take out the insides of the Polaroid back. The back should fit snugly into the guide rails on the body. Attach a graflock type back to the Polaroid back (after cutting out the back of the Polaroid back obviously). Attach everything with screws (2 or 3mm machine screws work great) and seal up all the leaks you can find. Reset the lens on the standard so it agrees with infinity and Voila! you have a conversion. It should only take a few hours if you preplan everything that you need. By doing it this way you get a lightweight camera. There is obviously more to it than this, but anyone with common sense and a little mechanical aptitude can figure out the rest.
These will work fine since Polaroid made all of these backs from the same original one type. You just need to take off the adapter that they added for whatever system they were adapting it to. Bronica is the best one to get because no one uses Bronica anymore so they go for cheap. You could also use Hasselblad as well.
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