Step 3: Remove Internal Camera Parts

The next step is to remove all the internal parts of the camera.  The large plastic thing that the film wrapped around happened to be attached to this camera with two screws (2nd photo below).  After removing these two screws and discarding the large plastic piece, I now had access to the shutter mechanism.  I didn't take a photo of this mechanism, but it was held on by one screw.  I removed the screw and discarded the shutter.  This left me with a camera housing that was essentially bare, but in order to fit my webcam inside I had to use the rotary tool to remove some of the molded plastic in side the front of the housing (3rd photo).  This was sort of a "trial & error" process.  I would grind a little, test fit the webcam, then grind a little more until I got a good fit.

During this process I also enlarged the hole at the front of the camera where the lens was removed.  To fit my particular webcam, I had to enlarge the hole to a 1 1/8" diameter.  It wasn't necessary to get this hole perfectly round, since the metal plate on the front of the camera would cover it, and the original hole in the metal plate was already the perfect size for the webcam.
<p>I almost cringed at the idea of gutting out such a classic, but the good side is that the camera has been given a new life and has been entered into the club of conversation pieces.</p>
<p>lol good idea :P </p>
This is really well done.. Great concept, execution and Instructable! And a very appropriate use of an old camera housing. One suggestion: You might want to consider doing something with the cable, along the lines of my new Instructable, &quot;<a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-USB-cable/">Steampunk USB Cable</a>.&quot;
Nice one awesome.... from Malta europe. keepit up Buddy.
Thank you, and greetings from Texas, US!
Hmm. I have an old bakelite Brownie in storage (until we finish moving). I plan to run a roll or two through it to see how well it works as-is, but maybe later a webcam would be a real nice mod for it.<br>
Very cool. I think it's time for something to do with the printer. :)
Thanks for the comment! You know, I've thought about doing something with the printer, but haven't yet decided on what to do! I bulit my computer inside a vintage looking suitcase, put the speakers in a vintage looking speaker cabinet, and put the webcam inside an old camera --- yet the printer still looks all shiny &amp; modern. Gotta think of something.....
A typewriter!
The room looks great. I'm sure you'll think of something.
That is classy, keep up the good work.
Kudos! That's the best retro hack I've seen in a while.

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