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    "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    Hello all!

    I recently took possession of a cherry wood Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal with the brass knobs, rails, etc. So far everything looks to be in good shape - all movements, knobs, etc move freely and function as expected.

    The one issue I have is the ground glass/back doesn't "set" properly in the rear standard. It has two brass "back holders" or supports at the lower portion of the standard and two brass "clips" at the top of the standard. If I put the ground glass/back up against the upper clips, there's roughly 1/4 inch or 1/2 cm of distance between the bottom of the back and the lower brass supports. (or vice versa - if I set the back in the lower supports, the same distance exists between the top of the back and the rear standard's upper brass clips)

    The upper clips extend straight out, perpendicular to the rear standard while the lower supporting brass appears bent downward.

    My thought is a wrench ought to be able to grab and pull those lower supports up in order to properly fit and support the back. However, I'm not sure if doing so with everything attached is more likely to damage the wood of the rear standard. If so, would I be better off removing the rear standard so I can get the brass supports removed from the wood and then straightening the brass?

    Has anyone run into this situation or have any general advice?

    Thanks much!

    Terrel

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    need detailed good pictures
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    If yours is like this one http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/scovill/agfa.htm
    I suggest removing the lower support brackets before straightening them. If you try straightening them while attached you might pull the screws out of the wood.

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Roberts View Post
    If yours is like this one http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/scovill/agfa.htm
    I suggest removing the lower support brackets before straightening them. If you try straightening them while attached you might pull the screws out of the wood.
    Yes that looks like the version I have, or similar to it. Thank you!

    Images below (sorry it's posting them rotated -90 degrees and I can't figure out how

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    lower support gap with back pushed almost completely up to upper clip (it slipped a bit while taking the photo with the other hand) Click image for larger version. 

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    upper clip gap with back supported by lower support Click image for larger version. 

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    entire camera Attachment 208669

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    Looks like a little damage on the back clips. Camera look like it needs a complete overhaul. How are the bellows?

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    It looks to me like the bottom support wood is damaged and at an angle...it appears that the clips are straight.
    That would explain why the top clips are missing the mark by 1/2"

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    I think Dugan has it.

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    There are ways to fix it

    But itís your choice

    Pay a pro like Richard Ritter

    Or find a woodworker

    Or DIY

    I know what I would do, but that doesnít help you
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    Agree with Dugan and Karl. Could be some wood glue and a couple of screws will repair this, but it’s hard to tell w/o more pictures of the damage to the rear frame.

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    Re: "New" Agfa Ansco 8x10 Universal Back Mounting Issue

    Michael, you are an expert in woodworking and camera making!

    OP, before posting your pictures, run them through an editor and rotate them up, then post

    I have to do that with every cell phone image

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Roberts View Post
    Agree with Dugan and Karl. Could be some wood glue and a couple of screws will repair this, but itís hard to tell w/o more pictures of the damage to the rear frame.
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???

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