Thanks, Zac !
By the way, here's something interesting I discovered. I also have one of the infamous Kodak Instamatic M22 cameras which until very recently has still been working , against all odds . I say against all odds, because every time I see the M22 mentioned there are dire warnings about how the cheap parts that Kodak used in the later M-series cameras will inevitably turn brittle and snap , or alternately I've read about the cheap plastic gears disintegrating into some sort of "goop" inside the camera , so I've been expecting the M22 to give up the ghost every time I've used it. Well, it had not broken down , until recently when it just suddenly stopped working (the predicted behavior, which should have happened years earlier according to what I've read) .
For some reason I had not tossed the M22 into the trash , so after I made my earlier post inquiring how to go about lubricating the earlier model M2 camera (which is running too loud and is starting to "groan" , if you know what I mean) I decided to just have a look inside the M22 to see how badly the gears had rotted . Opened it up and imagine my surprise that it looks just about perfect. All gears and other parts look intact. I was able to lift several of the gears out , expecting them to break apart in my hands (as I had been warned) , but other than some very slight discoloration the gears all seem to be in good shape. (see photo).
But for whatever reason it will not run. The battery chamber is clean and the metal battery terminals do not have any corrosion , but I cleaned them anyway just for good measure . However , no success. It appears to be well and truly dead. I had assumed it died from the inevitable "gear rot" that the M22 is infamous for , but that doesn't appear to be the case. I wonder if it's possible that some connection from the battery chamber in the handle has come loose ?
Kodak Instamatic M22 looking very clean and free from "gear rot" -
(the photo makes the discoloration on the black gears look worse than it actually looks in reality. Both the black gears and the white gears
look and feel to be in good shape. )
Edited by David Nethery, 28 July 2013 - 12:47 AM.