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Removing the hood from a 3x4 RB Auto

 
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camz



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:26 pm    Post subject: Removing the hood from a 3x4 RB Auto Reply with quote

Does anyone know how to remove the view hood from an early 3x4 RB Auto?
The hood door is hinged at the front.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a thin metal frame with a screw at each corner that has to be removed then it lifts up.

The serial number may be engraved/stamped into the lip of the view opening if the box is square with no notch in the front which is pre 1916 design.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you mean screws located inside the hood?
I've seen some, but it's rather difficult to get your hand plus
a screwdriver inside and still be able to see what you're doing.

I believe the camera dates to 1910.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, they should be on the outside perimeter, one at each corner or near the corner front and rear.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay. No, the only screws I've seen are inside.
Two at the front, and four at the back.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the screw heads are parallel to the base of the hood then use a 6 inch #0 or #1 slot screwdriver to remove them. They should be #0 or #1 brass 1/4 to 3/16 long.

Its been 15 years since I had a 1915 RB Auto.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for your help!

I removed the 6 screws and the hood was free.

You need at least a 10" long screwdriver with a blade not wider
than 4mm.

Using a mini flashlight helps. Turn the camera on its side, in case
you drop the screwdriver.
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