Restoration Help - Thornton Pickard Special Ruby Enlarger

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Has anyone had experience restoring something similar or know of a site / forum that deals with restoration of old photographic equipment.

I inherited on of these enlargers from my Grandfather many many years ago and are thinking of trying to restore it.
From web searches I found some on ebay, found many pictures but nothing on the restoration. The original lens that I have for it had a rubber diaphragm and that cant be replaced as my Grandfather tried back in his day.

The bellows has gone hard and no longer expands, I presume it cant be made soft again and I don't want to try and expand it and crack it.
Suppose I will need to make a new one if I can.

I would like to find out what the original lumination was as my grandfather added a crude electric bulb holder and added an old switch to the side of the enlarger so it is not truly in original state. I will probably keep the additions, but would like to re add the original rear black cloth curtain if I can find details of how it was used and made.

The original timber has also started to crack as the large glass elements were a bit too heavy for the way it originally mounted.

I have various pieces of old photographic equipment from my grandfather that I would like to restore when I retire in a few years time.
Or at least get them to a stable stage.


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The glass elements like below in my copy are a few Kg in weight and the mounting as designed was not very strong causing the timber on my copy to crack under the load and old age

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Hi, if there are any Maker Spaces in your area, they might have the woodworking tools needed.
I am lucky that way, I have all the tools I need. Main thing I am missing is information on the best way to restore to keep it as original as possible and to try and find out what the missing bits are.
 
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