Yeah, Jack, my model 1 Original (no letter) is in Ken's capable hands at this time, and it also suffers from the out of focus problem, among a long list of others. Anyhoo, he is working on it now and hopefully will have all the issues fixed soon.
I would think it might be easier to use push-on ND filters rather than faucet washer "waterhouse stops" to control overexposures. Either make them yourself or search FleaBay for 19mm push-on adapters for series 1 (21.5mm) or series 4 (20.8mm) ND filters. Push on holders certainly would be easier to remove than the washer inserts . . .and I suppose they would be less likely to vignette. Also, they could hold other filters (e.g., #8, #11, #15, #23, etc.) when desired.
By the way, the patent number mentioned in a previous post (#693583) is actually a revision of a prior patent (#689159), with the latter offering more details of the whole Panoram camera body, not just the swing lens mechanism. This was pointed out to me by Bill McBride, an authority on the Panorams, so you might wish to print out that 2nd patent to add to your Panoram file. Now to find and photocopy an owner's manual!!
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Reason: corrected Bill McBride's name (Frank is an Atty in VA)