Hi Paul thanks for the info.
I decided to give it a go today, got the bottom part off - watched carefully what goes on in there - but that's mostly the system to lock the shutter button. So I went ahead with the non-lever side panel. Got most of the small screws off but I got stuck on the last one ( of course ) as my screwdriver which was indeed small to fit fine in the screw - was too thin to get a good grip to open up the last little screw - located behind the small leather band located in the lower side ( I think I managed to unscrew about 5 tiny screws or something ). However - I decided to close her up like she was, and to get another screwdriver set to try and get them open - probably on Monday. I kinda got the hang of what needs to be done to get that part off. There are lots of screws and probably I don't really need to take them ALL out
Tell me this though, do I need to unscrew the knob that holds the strap too ? It has 2 small holes in it and I don't know how will I be able to rotate that counter-clockwise without scratching the body by accident or I don't need to work on that ?
Also what should I watch for once I get the side off ? The schematics in the repair manual scare the sh1t outta me ( all the angles explications etc )
Btw I am in Romania so... far far away from NYC