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    Refurb the back, it's not that hard.
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    You don't need a Graflok back, just refurb as John says I've given you my suggestions, it's two or three nights work because apints need time to dry, but it's very easy.

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    I never said it was too hard to do just merely an alternative. I don't have much experience with cleaning and painting things, so this should be interesting. I do appreciate everyone's insight and advice. Also have a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 that will most likely become a display queen since film isn't made in that size.

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    Don't worry about lack of experience we learn by mistakes

    When I bought 2 Speed Graphics a few (4 or 5) years ago sold on ebay as 2 for parts to rebuild one good camera I was horrified to find they were quite different one pre-Anniversary the other a Pacemaker so no common parts. However both are now back in action.

    As it is your camera's worth very little at the moment and looks bad, a new back will be $70 or more as they are sought after to make reducing backs for larger camera's, you'd also need a new range-finder.

    You've nothing to lose taking the existing back off (6 screws from memory) and then taking apart and cleaning up, use a wire brush for an electric drill and just see what appears.

    It's fun I really enjoy the challenge. Get the 5x4 fixed then think about the other, Quarter plate film is still available It's a bit expensive though. I am using an early 1900's 1/4 plate camera

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    I have a 3-1/4x4-1/4 Pacemaker Speed Graphic, a 3-1/4x4-1/4 Anniversary Speed Graphic and a 3-1/4x4-1/4 Graflex RB Super D and I use all three cameras. Those that say you cannot use a 3x4 camera aren't trying very hard.
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    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

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    Hey Old School, Just in case you haven't run across it, the Graflex.org website has everything you'd want to know about Graflex and Graphic cameras:
    http://www.graflex.org/
    I have two Graphics and two Graflexes, and the site has been a treasure for me. Very nice helpful people.

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    You can get 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Efke film from Freestyle; I've tried it in my RB Graflex.
    I have also cut down some 4 x 5 Arista EDU film as I am not in love with the Efke 100 I bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessar View Post
    Hey Old School, Just in case you haven't run across it, the Graflex.org website has everything you'd want to know about Graflex and Graphic cameras:
    http://www.graflex.org/
    I have two Graphics and two Graflexes, and the site has been a treasure for me. Very nice helpful people.
    I have perused that site already on a few occasions. I just haven't really delved to deeply in yet. I think between here and the graflex site I will find more info than I ever thought I needed lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by mwdake View Post
    You can get 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Efke film from Freestyle; I've tried it in my RB Graflex.
    I have also cut down some 4 x 5 Arista EDU film as I am not in love with the Efke 100 I bought.
    Thanks for the heads up. I wasn't aware there was any film in that size available. I think I'll still stick to the 4x5 though. Since we only have a couple of film holders for the 1/4.

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    There is a place in Whittier called Flutot's that does CLA's on shutters for a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Carol's work is superbe. See http://www.flutotscamerarepair.com/

    Steve
    Thanks for the link! Whittier isn't too far from me and when I get a spare couple of bucks I will have to go out there with my lenses.

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