AFAIK, the LCD itself hasn't been available as part for some years, like 5-6 years minimum. It's actually a 2 piece part: the LCD and a small circuit board. I have two F3s: an early model with the DE-2 and a very late model with the DE-3 "HP" finder. The oldie's contrast is lower than the newer body--far from invisible but not as crisp. Tried to replace it back in early 2005 thru Nikon.ca. They did a complete CLA and appeared to have cleaned out some F3 parts bins to replace a slew of bits just to clean house. They promised a replacement LCD but couldn't get the part anywhere(Nikon Japan and USA). They promptly wrote off the bill, apologized, and handed over rebuilt F3. It's a mint early 80s that's still perfectly functional, albeit with a somewhat dim meter readout.
I've asked around subsequently and the LCD appears long gone as a current part--the camera went out of production unofficially in the late 90s with old stock carried a bit past the 2001(?) retirement. Unless you can find an NOS LCD lurking in a repairman's bins, it's either cannibalism or a new/used F3 body. They're tough cameras but the LCD is a baked-in problem.
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