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A few years ago I bought this early Fed and while debating with myself whether to sell it on eBay for spares or repair decided that I might try to fix it. So far no joy. Following the instructions in the Maizenberg book to the best of my limited ability I have discovered that the shutter curtains seem OK and they can be wound on by using the speed dial. However the film transport cog will not move in either direction no matter where the shoot/rewind lever is set. Any suggestions for how to unjam it, or should I return to my spares or repair idea? At the moment I have a box of bits, which I think I can reassemble. I am quite some way from complete disassembly. I am also considering selling it as a kit of parts, with lens and case.
Maybe it's something you can put aside until you retire , of late I've been having fun with inoperative Kowa Six camera and lens and now I'm repairing some used Kowa Six lenses for a camera shop in town . Winters are long if you're a motorcyclist . Hobbies are good for you ! Peter
The rewind lever should connect or disconnect the sprocket wheels (and the winding knob ratchet).
As I recall on the Zorki there is a screw inside the sprocket wheel axle that connects the mechanism to the rewind lever.
If the winding knob itself is actually jammed, I think you might have screwed it down too tight on its stem. If the set screw in the side of the knob isn't tightened properly the knob will screw down further and further until it jams against the body.
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Rick has it right, it is simple enough to take the whole winding-on mechanism apart, clean and lubricate it, and install it back correctly with a few simple tools. The first job is to check to see if the set-screw in the knob is existing, and probably loose.
If advance knob is screwed on too far, and then locked, it will prevent it from moving. Try to unscrew locking screw without removing it, unscrew advance knob a little, and see if that will free up the film advance.
The solution may be the screw in the film transport shaft which seems to be missing. Scavenge one? Meanwhile I have bought what seems to be a working Fed 1. Awaiting results. The lab seems to be on holiday.