Check this out. This man has taken that about a thousand steps too far. He now officially my hero. From the Pentax Forum...
NOTE: This is not my story, but that of another. I don't post this to gain fame or fortune, but just to point out the astonishing talent of people in this world. He certainly has more than me. A link to the story is as follows, and there's also one at the end of the story. Thanks for reading.
"From some time I`m a happy owner of my 1989 Pentax 67 Medium Format Camera.
In the UK they are still pricey and not as easy accessible as in the USA. So after long research and limited budget I found one from photographer student. The camera was in bad condition, light seals completely gone, paint was peeling off, some leather was missing and there where deep scratches on the body and plastic covers. I used the camera succesfully and shoot some 15 rolls of film. But I like to keep and have my equipment spotless so I decide to do something with it.
With bad British weather behind my window I decide to prepare my P67 for upcoming spring time and tried to make look a few years younger.
Below is the description and steps I took to remove all the leather and covers without moving any mechanical internal components. I was following the official Service Manual Instruction of Pentax 6X7 camera which you can find here - Pentax 67 Service Manual, and I decided to follow one rule only – don`t touch internal mechanical components. I wanted to give the camera a nice look and avoid trouble by removing some mechanical parts which can be calibrated using specialise tools.
Please be aware that this is not an official way of restoring/removing external covers, this was only my project and I was doing this on my own risk. I don`t take any responsibility for any damage caused by using these instructions.
1. Tools and parts.
I collect all sort of tools before I started. Below I listed anly the ones I used.
Set of precise screwdrivers - no comment :-).
Scalpel blades with handle - great for removing old light seals and cut new ones.
Loctite 7063 - great for cleaning remains of glue and other dirt - best for cleaning the surface before painting.
Dremel Multitool - Google it.
Custom made tool - picture below.
Lens ring tool - picture below - purchased from Micro-tools.
Pentax 6x7 Service Manual - my website - ServiceManual.
Leatherette replacement - CameraLeather - USA store.
Light seals, self adhesive seals, foams, cussions - UK store - Cam-Spares.
Here is some pictures I took just before I started the restoration.
2. Removing old leather.
Before I started removing the leather, I had to make sure that I can find the replacemant. I was looking for self adhesive one to save me the problem of applying adhesive myself. I found a great offer from the shop in the United States and they even cutted for me to my specification. Here is the link to the website - CameraLeather. I decide to get the Seal Grain Black Leatherette (Coarse) and I`m very happy with the results, I belive this leather looks much better that the original one.
If you like to purchase some leatherette from this shop specifically for the Pentax 67, please ask for it by email, as they don`t officialy offer them for that camera on their website.
Below are the pictures of the new leatherette and the old one from the back doors removed to compare them. I believe this new pattern looks very well on Pentax 67.
This leather has very strong adhesive which of course is great, but becouse it is not easy task to align the new strips properly on the body, I order two sets just in case I do something wrong and I have to start again.
3. Removing back doors.
Removing back door isn`t a difficult task, after the leather was removed there is only five small screws holding the back doors. I get some small, self locking bags to store all the parts together with descriptions and drawings. I record on video my steps where the assembly was more difficult containing lots of small parts and diffrent screws sizes.
Read more at: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/114-maintenance-repair-articles/217936-pentax-67-restoration-project.html#ixzz2ywfvD2RO