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Kentuckyed
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Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have an AE-1 P with a broken battery door top hinge. I've ordered a new door but just absolutely can not budge the metal hinge pin in the camera. I've tried every needle nose pliers that I own. So now I want to slot the plastic hinges in the new door to slightly less than the diameter of the metal hinge pin so that I can "pop" the new door onto the pin. Does this sound promising? Any other suggestions? Thanks, Ed
Glenn
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Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 03:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Use an ordinary pair of 'Engineer's Pliers' with good/sharp serrations on the jaws. Needle nosed pliers just do not have enough contact area to do the job. Also; as you push the hinge rod towards the base, rotate it back and forth as much as you can. Obviously you cannot rotate to any great degree, but the smallest 'wiggle' can help break the rod free.

I do not think slotting the hinge is such a good idea. The doors I have obtained from various sources are moulded from very nondescript plastic. I do not think the material will have much 'spring', thus the modified hinge may not hold or could even fracture as you try to clip it over the rod.
Kentuckyed
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Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 06:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just replaced my AE-1 P battery cover door. I don't know what 'Engineer's Pliers' are, but I used a small pair of Vice Grips and was able to install the new door with very little trouble. I ordered the new door on e-Bay, 2 for $7.50 plus $1.00 shipping. The plastic seems to be a bit more pliable than the original. But then again the original is 25 years old. Thanks to all who posted on this forum about this apparently common problem. My AE-1 P has a new lease on life. Going to a birthday party later today and will take it along.
Steve_can
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Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recently purchased an AE1 from a friend. It's in great shape, perfect light seals and mirror foam but it had a cracked battery door. I used a pair of hemostats but they had to be high quality bull nosed medical ones (these were actually an expensive gold plated pair I had)no others would work. Additionally the hinge pin needed to be slid up towards the shutter release button(maybe the AE1 is different than the A1). Any way, once I figured out how to replace it I ordered two doors online. I'm thinking of buying a parts camera to just take it apart a few times and get to know the AE1.
Gez
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Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 - 04:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Re Steve_can, where did you obtain the spare door from?
Steve_can
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Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

From ebay, but don't get one there, they're garbage. Go here : http://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=CF1-1489
Nikos
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Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 - 08:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What you have Steve is not a hemostat but a needle holder. The gold plating means they have tungsten carbide inserts. The best tool for the job although a bit on the expensive side.
Sql33
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Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I need to replace the battery door on my A1 (not AE1) .. I have the door, but need guidance with replacing it..without breaking the camera!!! LOL

Thanks!
Eskander
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 08:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I hope this isn't too late for you Sql33 but I have just replaced the battery door on my A1. Ordered from ebay. I found that I need to use good pliers to push the hinge pin "upwards" ie towards the top plate. Rotating it as you push helps. It should come clear at the bottom end so that you can ease it out and attache the new door. Don't loose the little hinge spring! I'm really please with the result and it was not as difficult as I was expecting.

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