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Spec says it's auto-load. From what I recall of my own projector, you mount the input film reel on the front 'arm', extending it as necessary to give clearance, switch on the projector, then feed the free end of the film into the appropriate orifice at the front of the projector.
It then takes over, feeds the film through and wraps it around the take-up spool automatically. It may be necessary to cut the end of the leader on a diagonal to feed it in (not each time the film is loaded, just the first time.)
Once the film has fed through, switch on the lamp, focus and enjoy.
Usually there is a series of clips or levers of some sort that allows the film to pass around the sound drums and alignment path behind the projector lens. There is usually a line printed inside the projector to show the thread path for the film around the various mechanisms. But before you do that you might want to consider finding a photo shop that converts the film to a CD format. All of the old film media breaks down over time and you may be able to enhance it, preserve it and avoid burning it up in the projector(a common occurrence in those days) all at the same time.
For a projector to run right, the motor has gear teeth in it that engage with the hollow points on the film itself. The motor has to turn at a steady speed with no friction or hesitation. It is possible the motor on the inside of the projector needs to be oiled or cleaned out...or rebuilt at worse.
There is also the motor that pulls the film thru the projector and winds it onto the receiving spool. Sometimes that motor is out of synch with the projector drive motor and trys to pull the film thru to fast or turns to slow and the you get that "clicking " sound when the receiving spool isn't winding the film up fast enough and the film gets dragged on by those projector teeth and make that plastic clicking sound.
Watch the film while it is running between the two reels and the projector lens. The film should be slightly taunt going into the projector and slightly taunt coming back out of the projector. If you see the film grouping up in front of the projector drive or after, then you know your spools are needing greased up or there is a drag on the motors causing things to be unsynchronized.
This is definitely a mechanical problem and you need to watch the film being fed into the projector and how it is wound up n the receiver spool to see where the fault lies.
When threading the projector you must have a loop of film before and after the film gate (the part that swings open). You can also try turning the projector on with no film in it and make sure both upper and lower sprockets are turning. If this is a new problem you might have a broken belt or gear inside. Take it to a camera repair shop and they can tell you more.
I assume you haven't put a reel of film onto the projector and looped it through to the back spool. The front spool usually 'freewheels' whilst the film is pulled through the projector and taken up by the motor driven rear spool.
It is possible that the friction drive and/or drive belt have deteriorated with age, as the mentioned projector is a rather elderly 'classic' of the dual 8mm series.
If in doubt, don't risk your family pictures. Try the unit with an old piece of film on small spools.
This is a common problem with these projectors. Usually happens after a film breaks or a bad splice goes through it.Pull the lens straight out and then remove the lens housing that holds the lens and the focus controller.The screws for the housing are behind the glued on cover that says frame and focus.Remove the 4 screws behind it, slowly lift the cover and watch for a loose leaf spring that sits behind the cover.It will fall out if the projector is standing up, so lay it on its back and it will just sit there so you know where to put it during assembly.
I know this post is old but I found a solution. The axle going to the sprocket is locked up with something sticky. You have take out the two screws holding the white plastic piece around the sprocket. Then loosen the small bolt on the big wheel on the other side. Remove the big wheel. Try to push the axle through to the other side. If it doesn't budge easily, hammer it out. That's what I had to do. Then clean it up real good with solvent, like alcohol. Lube it with grease and put it all back together. Worked for me.