Hey there! New to the forums but not to vintage cameras. Been a hobby of mine for some time now.
I've come across a Kodak No. 2A autographic Brownie camera. Nothing too special, but I'd like to try something new with this one. I get and restore these types of cameras as often as I can because they're an easy sell.
My idea is regarding the restoration of the camera. The external condition is pretty good, just a the usual rubbed corners and lifted pieces of leatherette. Fixing this would be nothing new, but I'd like a challenge. Seeing as these cameras aren't horribly rare, I'd like to make some modifications to the body. Namely, doing away with that god awful leather for good.
What to replace it with? Well, I figured since I have some connections at a local metalworking shop, I'd like to make a custom designed brass "shell" for it. The camera body is metal as it is, so why not embrace that? Extend the existing ornate brass work already on the camera to the rest of the body, and finish it off with some black enamel paint... The way I see it, it would be a really nice looking camera by the time I'm done.
Is there anything particularly wrong with this? I can't see it impacting any light seals, maybe around the autographic window but that's an easy fix. Would this be considered heresy against vintage cameras?
This would be a test run of sorts because should this turn out well, I'd definitely do it again on a more fully featured camera of this nature and use it for exposing some 120 film.