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#1 Mike Green

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:28 PM

hi,

i have an old O'Connor model 100 fluid head i would like to overhaul. I was quoted $650 for a complete service and paint. Before i send it in i wanted to ask if there is an manuals or instructions available so that i can do the job myself.

thx!
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#2 Walter Graff

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:47 PM

I suggest you bring it in to a pro. It's not a lot of money for a great head.
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#3 John Sprung

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:37 PM

A lot depends on what's wrong with it. Are any of the metal parts worn out or damaged, such as bearings? Does it have its fluid? A long time ago, I tried to find a substitute for the fluid that had leaked out of NCE's, but none of the industrial lubricants I found were gooey enough. Nothing had enough drag.

Cosmetic and external mechanical stuff you can probably do. I'd think twice before messing with the fluid/goo.




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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 12:31 PM

Leaking seals is the most common problem in an O'C 100. O'Conner will sell you the seal kit for 265.00 (that's a year old quote, mind you). The O'C tech promised me that they would help me with info as I tore into it (or tore it up, as the case may be). I've heard of folks using different oils in it and said they worked fine. I've heard just as many say to use only O'C's oil. There's as much opinion about the oil for it as there's opinion about camera oils. The O'Conner oil ain't cheap, but it's sure to be the correct oil for the unit.

Good luck with it. It's a fine head.
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#5 Mike Green

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 11:00 PM

thx for the info guys! I decided to send head to a shop recommended by O'Connor for a full service.
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