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8mm movie projector service, lamps and belts …

You have just come across, or inherited, a whole lot of old family movies – you know, the ones with with flickering images on the screen!

Old Bell & Howell standard 8 projectorA good old fashioned movie night can be great fun, or perhaps you’d like to sort the old films before having them put onto a DVD.

As you dig out the old projector you find that it has seen better days and, not wanting to damage the films or lose precious old memories, … what to do?

Here’s a few tips and some do-it-yourself tricks to consider before feeding film into the old projector.


Replacing a drive belt:

The most frequent problem is a worn or perished drive belt. Old rubber belts tend to disintegrate after a number of years and may get very sticky. Original drive belts are, in most cases, no longer available.

Click the side button for information about obtaining a belt.

Old crusted belt material must be cleaned off.Old belt material must be removed and the pulleys thoroughly cleaned.
Scrape off really stuck, dried belt material with a scalpel knife blade, then use cotton buds (non-plastic types), moistened with acetone, to help remove any residue so you end up with a clean pulley.
If sticky residue is not fully removed, the new belt my stick to the pulleys and prevent the mechanism turning properly.

Fitting of the new beltClean metal pulley surface with acetone and plastic pulleys with shellite or metho

is usually straight forward, but there are times where minor dismantling will be required.
The procedure is similar between brands. You remove the rear cover of the projector to gain access to the mechanism.

Some projectors have more than one belt. Generally a short belt from motor to main mechanism shaft, and a longer belt, usually along the top, to drive the feed and/or take-up spool. If you model has two belts. It is a good idea to replace both at the same time.

Fit belt around fanThe small (short) belt is usually fitted between the motor/fan drive and the main mechanism drive shaft.

The belt will need to be eased around the fan and onto the drive shaft pulley, then around the projector mechanism pulley.

This is the part that can be tricky and it may be necessary to loosen some parts to finish the fitting.

Fit onto main drive shaft pulley then onto motor pulleyHow to do it should become evident as you proceed with the job.

Fitting instructions are often available for models where fitting is not straight forward and some dismantling is necessar.

15m Super 8 film spool Standard 8 film spool Std 8 film - larger sprocket holes Super 8 film - note the smaller sprocket holes

Super 8 film

Standard 8 film

Projector service


Due to business closure and retirement projectors cannot be accepted for service after 1st June 2018.

Please search for camera service businesses in your state to locate a shop that can assist.

Most common problems are a perished belt or poor lamp socket connection.

For drive belts, 8mm film accessories, lamps and bulbs please click the buttons below.

Approximate running time per 50ft/15m film:

18fps = 3min 20sec

24fps = 2min 30sec

Approximate running time per 50ft/15m film:

16fps = 4min 10sec

18fps = 3min 40sec

24fps = 2min 50sec

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