Holy crap! I'm in Canada... so I tried to use the $1 coin and even though it was soaked in rubbing alcohol I think I broke the camera!

Just kidding!

Wow, thank you for all the input! I take it removing the bottom plate is something I can do, and if it looks too "scary" in there, replace without anything getting mis-aligned, etc? I would like my first attempts at camera fixing to be fairly fool proof! So far the extent of my experience has been cleaning the rangefinder windows on a Canonet 19 and taking apart the whole focusing assembly (top lens and mirror, ground glass, etc) on my Lubitel (and did it ever make a difference!). I know that neither are SLR's, and one not even 35mm - I just put them in to give an idea of my limited experience!