Need to remove a top
casting on a Kiev to access something? Perhaps you need to remove
the shutter assembly or to fix some leaking light baffles.
First thing you have
to get yourself is one of these multi-cavity parts bins. The idea is
to keep each disassembly step in a discrete compartment. Some
chocolates, such as Ferrero Rocher, come in a beautiful 24 cavity
plastic tray. You can treat yourself to a chocolate for each step
along the way.
further, wind the camera and set the shutter to 1/1250 or 1/1000 and
fire it. We want to have the shutter at some known speed so that we
can reassemble it back into the same state. OK, lets start, remove
these three screws….
Lift off the Shutter
Button and Inner Knob Face. Place the Spring with the rest of the
parts in a parts compartment. Good work so far, eat a chocolate to
make room for more removed parts!
If you have a later
model Kiev 4AM or M then you need to unscrew the Shutter Button
Plate to get access.
Remove these three
screws and lift off the Winding Knob.
Remove these two
Lift off the Shutter
Speed Bezel. Notice the two Wavy Spacers under the bezel.
Depending on which
year of Kiev you have the removal of the Winding Knob may be
slightly different. In this example, a 1962 Kiev 4A, you brace the
Winding Fork and turn the Winding Knob counterclockwise to unthread
the fork off of the shaft.
On this 1964 Kiev 4,
there is a screw inset in the Winding Fork. Later model Kiev 4AM and
M’s are similar.
As always, make note
of any parts stacked up on a shaft and the order the came out. Make
simple diagrams on a small piece of paper and stick it with the
parts in the compartment of the parts bin.
Pull out the Yak hair
twine used for a light seal as shown by Blue Arrows. It probably is
in poor shape by now anyway. Remove three screws shown by Yellow
Remove this one big
Lift off the top
casting as a whole unit. The Exposure Counter Dial and its adjoining
Drive Gear will probably come along for the ride. You are now done
replace Exposure Counter Dial and Drive Gear in the following
fashion. You may not have noticed exactly where they sat when they
fell out when the top casting was removed.
Other things to watch
for are any extra bits of Yak string used for light sealing as shown
under the viewfinder. Make sure to replace any light sealing
material with new yarn or string.
Or, if you are like
me, I replace the light seals with more modern synthetic materials.
This urethane foam made by Rogers Corporation under the Poron
product name has an adhesive back and comes in many thicknesses,
densities and cell structures. The top-most one I find most
appropriate for replacing light seals.
More information on Poron
Urethane Foam can be found on Rogers Corporation web site.
June 05, 2006