Re: Super 8 projector - easy fix?

From: David Woods (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Feb 20 2010 - 06:38:27 PST

Well! You addressed your call for help to "NYC Frameworkers", and my
sojourn in said fair city in the late 60's perhaps qualifies me in this
reply from afar.


There are few easy fixes in this life (I'm inclined to think) but your
excellent and concise description would indicate to me, NOT KNOWING THIS
particular model, and indeed refusing to ever work with Super 8mm from its
inception to its tenuous continuance (preferring the ability of 8mm to be
precisely reversed to a frame-accurate position, this for various nefarious
transgressive purposes-when compared with dominant practice - my
inclinations however being rather thwarted by the manufacturers of this
particular guage of stock). Nevertheless, I would suggest you do your
friend / loaner / whoever a favour, and yourself, get a Phillips or
appropriate small screwdriver, remove "the BACK / cover" and locate the
UPPER FORWARD DRIVE RUBBER or METAL BELT. The fact that this machine runs
OK in reverse would seem to indicate that the FORWARD operation is sabotaged
by, either:

1. Slippage due to excessive grease-splatter at the motor or at the
sprocketted-wheel end - thus denying sustained friction traction

2. Or

3. Upper DRIVE BEARING seizure through DRYING-OUT - which might
explain the friction NOISE and the halting. A spot of oil or other
lubricant and appropriate manual rotation to allow penetration, could solve
this problem, at least for a while

4. Or

5. Other physical manifestations beyond my imaginings


Removing the cover and switching the machine ON (while ensuring you are
SAFELY REMOVED from electrical hazard!!!!) may allow you to VIEW the hidden
phenomenon / a in those all too important but brief opening moments of this
minor disaster movie, and thus establish the likely cause / cores.

Good luck


"THE" David Woods

MD Holcus Ltd




From: Experimental Film Discussion List [mailto:email suppressed]
On Behalf Of C Colvin
Sent: 20 February 2010 04:07
To: email suppressed
Subject: Super 8 projector - easy fix?


Dear NYC Frameworkers -

The Super 8 projector I've got right now isn't consistently working. It's a
Bell & Howell 346A. Here's a brief summary of the issue: The top gear
which advances the film gives a slightly squeaking noise when starting.
Within a few seconds it slows down to a complete stop. (i.e., when
auto-loading it completely stops before the film is to the gate.) The
bottom gear continues to spin in a regular speed. The top and bottom gear
work correctly when in reverse position, with no slowing. It worked for
one screening of a 3 minute short. (It's not my machine, so I'm a little

If this isn't an easy fix, I'm open to information on someone trustworthy
who can do repairs.

Connie Colvin


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