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    Speed graphic rangefinder repair

    I had accidentally bent the rangefinder plunger on my Speed Graphic. In attempting to bend it back I accidentally pulled it out and BBs went everywhere. The plunger isn't is very good shape now either.

    Does anyone know if there's a kit I can buy to repair the rangefinder?

    At minimum I'll need to replace the plunger, by that I mean the metal piece which compresses the BBs inside the rangefinder tube. Most likely I've dropped a BB or two, so it would be good to have a full set as well.

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    Ha! This just happened to me too. Except that I think I was able to get it all back together, but minus one BB.
    I carefully laid them all out rod-BB-rod-BB and so on. But when I got to the end, there were two rods and the alignment was off. So I feel I've lost one BB.
    I could realign the rangefinder but I'd rather replace a BB first.

    Could I impose on you for a few bb's and rods? I'd more than happy to pay postage and a little something for your trouble. Maybe a couple sheets of film?

    Paul

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    How did you manage to get them all back in?

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    The same thing happened to my Crown soon after I got it. Still unrepaired -- I just use it on a tripod as a view camera until some repair option presents itself.

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    All you need to know to fix them is in my post here:
    http://www.graflex.org/helpboard/vie...=balls+spacers

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    Your link is very helpful. Do you know a source for the plunger. Should I just try to have one machined?

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    One at a time. I used a bic-type ball point pen with the insides removed. It fit just right over the tube end. It took a couple of tries, be sure to put them in one at a time.

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    Awesome, that's something I wouldn't have thought of. I'll give it a try.

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    Do you have a photo of the part and size

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by michr View Post
    Your link is very helpful. Do you know a source for the plunger. Should I just try to have one machined?

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    I'll post one later this evening.

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