Originally Posted by charjohncarter
I have a Ricoh Diacord G that is surprisingly similar to the Automat. Even the focus is similar except the handle(s) are in a different area: the sides. You wonder if these post war cameras were put together using a handful of supplers.
Nope. The internals of the Diacord and of the Autocord are different. The focus helical system is the same in principle but execution is not the same. The Autocord uses much heavier parts than the Diacord- thicker brass helicals, stronger mounting to the body casting. The only thing that makes little sense is that the focus lever on the Autocord is made from pot metal and breaks as is well known. The Diacord lever is, I think, stainless plate and attaches to the helical more securely.
Karl Bryan has a replacement for the Autocord lever. So do I. We use different approaches. He uses the core of the original design and makes his own replacement based on a modification Minolta developed near the end of the Autocord production that uses stainless steel. Much stronger and more secure. I throw out the overall design and screw the lever to the brass helical directly. Again, much stronger and more secure than the original.
Karl has been doing Autocord work for a long time and deserves support. Any repiar, maintennace, overhaul work, along with lever replacements. Very helpful and generous man. He can be reached at
You can see my lever here, bottom left photo-