Graflex 3A ( post card format )

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  1. jnanian

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    have any of your graflex 3a owners figured out a way
    to access the tension spring ? my shutter needs to be tensioned
    so it will ... shutter, but i can't seem to figure out where
    they hid the spring.

    its strange, to say the least.

    thanks in advance !
    john
     
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    Contact Bert at graflex.org. He is a retired Graphic/Graflex repairman.

    Steve
     
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    hi steve

    i did contact bert but i wanted to see if anyone here had done it first :smile:
    it was as easy as working on a series d or a speed, even easier once i knew where the lock nut was hidden :smile:

    he is the best !

    ( and now my shutter, shutters :smile: )
    - john
     
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    Can you share that info?
     
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    sure ...

    there is usually a hex nut the tensioner sleeps under, like on a slr or speed graphic.
    this one had the tension-knob and key to adjust the shutter speed ( numbers 1-6 ) and ( slits in fabric )
    and no hex nut.

    when the knob was turned, there was a little covered end of the roller that turned too ..
    and that was the tensioner.
    after a handful of emails back / forth we realized that was what needed to be turned a little bit
    while holding to the knob.

    as for the rest of the camera and how i fixed it ...
    i removed the bottom plate ( had patent dates on it )
    and popped open the back.
    on the bottom of the camera is a hinged spring that i worked back and forth
    and lubricated with a tiny bit of light oil ...

    i took the ground glass off and stuck my hand inside the camera from the top and
    with the same oil, i pushed the latch spring in and out ( it holds / releases the mirror )
    and i lightly smeared oil on the metal housing inside the box that allows the back standard to slide
    back / forth with aid of the spring on the bottom.

    i pulled and pushed the rear standard back and forth, and worked the mirror with the lever on the side of the camera
    and the shutter lever until the light oil seemed to work its way into where it needed to go.

    i put the base plate back on and pulled the lens standard out and in on the rails,
    and made sure the back standard ( slides back and forth ) was seated against the inside of the camera body when the lens standard
    was pulled out all the way ...

    and it seems to have done the trick ...
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    no prob Q.G.

    :smile:

    steve

    the 3A doesn't have hex nuts like the other slrs,
    or at least one i have doesn't ...

    i have worked on my series d since about 96
    and tuned the shutter since about 02'
    ( and my speed since about 90' )
    but the 3A is a different beast altogether

    have fun!
    john
     
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    Thanks a mother load J
    Now I gotta get the nerve to try.
    I did find that a little oil on my pre anniv was all it took , so I am hopeful
    regards
    ED
     
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