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    large format focal plane shutter curtain care

    I've recently purchased a Folmer and Schwing #3A Graflex that has a focal plane shutter.I'm wondering what steps I should take and what materials to use to keep this curtain in good operating condition.

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    Doug

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    Go over to graflex.org, register, and look through the help threads. Those folks are the experts. If you don't see what you're looking for, ask them. They are very helpful.
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    large format focal plane shutter curtain care

    Hello Juan:Thanks for the info.Im heading overthere in a half an hour.

    Doug

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    Steve: Thats great.I'll be looking for when you're done.

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    Steve, where will you publish or release the info and when do you expect to be finished?
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    do you have experience repairing these cameras ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    I am corresponding with Bert Saunders and following his instructions. I have been collecting and editing everything he writes. I have patched the curtain, adjusted the tension and now I am working on getting the "O" aperture centered. The pin in the H level is part way out but it will not move. When I have completed the repair and I am sure the instructions are both correct and clear, I will ask Bert to read and correct it before posting.

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    if you are in bert's hands, you are in good hands !

    good luck with your article !
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    Serious question, Steve - are you sure you are tapping the pin in the correct direction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    ... The pin in the H level is part way out but it will not move... Steve

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    Tomosy has a good section on repairing Focal plane shutters in his Camera Restoration/repair book. I found it after I'd successfully restored a pre-Anniversary shutter.

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    Hi Steve - The pins need to be well-seated for sure. Make sure everything is clean and free of burrs. If your pins did not survive the extraction process intact, then you may get play in the mechanism. This is not good because it will greatly accelerate wear, and of course, the dang thing will not fire reliably. If you are worried about your pins, please drop a PM. I purchased a bunch of pins a while back and I could probably dig them up with enough time and encouragement.

    Good luck,
    Jon

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    The pin came out after I put WD-40 on it to soak in for 24 hours. Today I found that the trigger-mirror-shutter linkage is not always working and that the H lever wobbles. I am waiting to hear from Bert before I decide to tape the pin in further or make another adjustment first.

    Steve

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