Continuing on with the box of folders … the Kodak Vigilant, lets take a look at that No.1 Kodamatic shutter.
Ok, as typical with these old folders the shutter/lens can be removed.
Unscrew the retaining ring in back using a spanner wrench through the back of the camera.
Shutter release arm coupling can be unscrewed.
Note the front cell sits with little gap when at infinity … remove the infinity stop which is hexagonal making it easier to grip than the TKS.
Unscrew the front cell.
Ok, now flip it over.
The curved shutter release arm can be remove my taking off the two top screws.
Do not remove the bottom screws at this time.
The rear lens element just unscrews.
OK back to the front.
In order to get deeper you have to unscrew the middle group … typically you can use a rubber tool to get a grip, but in this case it was really stuck. You should use a large flexi clamp, but I did not have one, so I ,reluctantly, cut a couple of “nice” notches with a Dremel, so I could use a spanner wrench.
Wiggle off the cover.
Remove metal shutter setting arm cover
The black speed cam ring pulls off, along with the self timer charging arm.
Next plate, three large flat headed slot screws … one at top is shortest.
Shutter release arm … move the spring out of the way
Convince the top plate to come out …
Map all the springs that you can see …
Unscrew the cover for the shutter arming lever.
Flip over and remove the two last screws … longer is the one on left.
Remove loose self timer springed gear (at 7 o’clock).
Next will be lifting the shutter out … note that the aperture blades will come along with it all, so be aware of the underside.
Open the aperture wide open … cock the shutter
Slowly lift out while looking at all those springs … memorize
The escapements are not self contained, so if you remove the securing screws you will loosen the top cover plate … and then you will have a handful of gears to contend with.
Bottom part will have the aperture ring thing
Ok, the ring thing is actually called the diaphram operating ring.
Flip over to see aperture
If you want to get to the shutter you have to (nicely) spread out the aperture blades to get at the screws.
You will notice that the blades have no real post … they have a punched hole (burst hole) that creates its own post from the bent metal, so this makes them susceptible to being flattened if they pop out.
I decided not to go there (luckily the blades were good), so I nicely put the aperture blades back into position.
Now … putting it back you have to play around a bit to get those blades back into the slots of the operating ring. … close the aperture so it forms a perfect circle on the inside … move the aperture lever to the top … then slide back in … while partially sliding it back in, work all the springs back to where they are supposed to be.
Work the aperture lever to see if it catches all the leaf posts … keep on working it in.