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"Baby" Graflex Front Won't Release

 
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Arthurwg



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: "Baby" Graflex Front Won't Release Reply with quote

Tried to use my "Baby" Graflex today and much to my surprise I could not get the front standard to release, i.e.., open the camera. Apparently the button on top is frozen in some way as it would not move. I tried everything short of forcing it, including a shot of WD40, but I could not get it to open. Any suggestions?
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shutterfinger



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

babies, cry, eat, poop. sounds like your's pooped. change its diaper
http://www.graflex.org/manuals/23-Pacemaker-Speed-and-Crown-Graphic.pdf
pdf page 14, figure 7 index 18 through 23 and 40.
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

op forgot he had a side release, discovered on the other site. photrio
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Arthurwg



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I do feel foolish. Release button is on the side, not the top. There is a button on top but apparently does nothing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There is a button on top but apparently does nothing.

Possibly a screw head for the release. Side release uses the same center mechanism with linkage to the side button. The only used it for a year or two (three?) on 4x5s and its not in the repair manuals.
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