Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 71,933   Posts: 1,585,537   Online: 858
      
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 21
  1. #11
    EASmithV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Maryland
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,885
    Blog Entries
    4
    Images
    123
    That website helped me a lot last time
    www.EASmithV.com

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
    http://www.flickr.com/easmithv/
    RIP Kodachrome

  2. #12
    AZLF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Tucson, Az. USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    359
    Images
    34
    Well it's done. I swapped the focus rails from my other Crown Graphic (which was in horrible shape and was much older than this one) and it now racks out and focuses as it should. The rangefinder actuator was too bent to slide back into its metal sleeve so I'll have to use the infinity stop and ground glass for focus. No matter. This one is in much better shape than the other and has the original covering on it. My other had been stripped by a previous owner to attempt a "Natural Wood finish" with so so results. This one looks like a press camera should. I'll test it out this week.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=10716
    http://home.comcast.net/~rem700a/westviews.html

  3. #13
    AZLF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Tucson, Az. USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    359
    Images
    34
    I took a picture of the focus rail I removed from the body. As you can see it got severely strained when the camera was closed improperly.
    Thankfully the removal and replacement of the rail system was pretty straight forward and I finished it last night. I hope to do some shooting this week to see how it does.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and links.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails CGr01.JPG   CGr02.JPG  
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=10716
    http://home.comcast.net/~rem700a/westviews.html

  4. #14
    skyrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arlington, TX
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    305
    Images
    1
    That's a sweet looking $10 camera. Congrats on the repair. Let's see some photos, now!

    Graflex forever

    Rick

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NJ
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    1,044
    Images
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by AZLF View Post
    I took a picture of the focus rail I removed from the body. As you can see it got severely strained when the camera was closed improperly.
    Thankfully the removal and replacement of the rail system was pretty straight forward and I finished it last night. I hope to do some shooting this week to see how it does.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and links.
    Did the rear guide blocks survive the abuse? If so, I think I have an extra set of rails. PM or e-mail me if you want them.

    Dan

  6. #16
    AZLF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Tucson, Az. USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    359
    Images
    34
    [QUOTE=Fotoguy20d;769278]Did the rear guide blocks survive the abuse? If so, I think I have an extra set of rails. PM or e-mail me if you want them.

    No the rear guide blocks were pretty well thrashed. I used the rails and rear blocks off my other Crown Graphic which was a perfect use for it. Now I've got a fairly new bellows and front lens mount and some other body parts that I really don't need. What I would like to get is the rangefinder link that looks like a tube that snakes around from the bottom of the right side facing the camera and links up with the rangefinder assembly on top. The plunger on the one in the camera has been bent almost to a right angle. I tried last night but I don't think that one is coming back. Or if the plunger and cable assembly can be replaced inside the tube then that. I would love to get the rangefinder working again.
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=10716
    http://home.comcast.net/~rem700a/westviews.html

  7. #17
    EASmithV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Maryland
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,885
    Blog Entries
    4
    Images
    123
    Find a friend who is a machinist/mechanic. Those don't look beyond bending back.
    www.EASmithV.com

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
    http://www.flickr.com/easmithv/
    RIP Kodachrome

  8. #18
    AZLF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Tucson, Az. USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    359
    Images
    34
    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    Find a friend who is a machinist/mechanic. Those don't look beyond bending back.
    I don't think you can see it clearly in the photo's but the thin upper side of the "slot" which the lens frame base slides into normally has been ripped away cleanly from the rear rail section when the rail was bent in the original "event". Even if the rear rail section was bent back into shape it's still missing the upper side of what keeps it in alignment and in position.

    Correction: It's not the rear rail which was stripped but the mounting plate the rear rail rides in. There is an upper lip under which the rail is supposed to slide. When the camera was forced closed the rail lifted and both bent as seen in the photo and ripped the thin upper lip clean off both rail mounts. I could probably bend the rail section pretty close to straight but pretty close won't work in the assembly. It's got to be straight or the lens mount will bind on it.
    I guess the front section could be salvaged but the rear section is history.
    Last edited by AZLF; 03-18-2009 at 12:22 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=10716
    http://home.comcast.net/~rem700a/westviews.html

  9. #19

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NJ
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    1,044
    Images
    3
    I've never seen the rails get mangled that badly. usually it's the rear blocks that get chewed up. I have an extra set of rails from a top-RF Speed - they're fine. The tiny groove in the rear blocks was completely trashed - the top lip just peeled away. It's the inevitable result of someone trying to close a Speed/Crown without racking the rails back fully. And, it renders the camera mostly unusable (unless you're patient enough to deal with the rails coming untracked every time you open and close the camera).

    Dan

  10. #20

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Westport, MA.
    Shooter
    Large Format
    Posts
    1,063
    Quote Originally Posted by cblurton View Post
    I suggest you take a look at this site. Scroll down and look for a link to "Graflex manuals." You might find something useful:

    http://www.southbristolviews.com/index.html
    That manual will help you a lot.. The six screws in back will remove the back (literally, just just the graflok) then you can either unclip the bellows, or unsnag them with a fine flatheat screwdriver.

    The clips are easier and cleaner IMHO. There'll be two, one on top and one on bottom securing the bellows the body.

    The initial six screws; do not strip them, do not lose them.

    Pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin