In 1993, Graflex Western Division sold their stock of parts to Midwest Photo Exchange (614-261-1264, fax 614-261-1637). In June 1995, Midwest sold this stock to Fred Lustig although they still maintain a stock of parts cameras and still sell plenty of Graflex items. Midwest refers their customers to Mr. Lustig for parts and service.
Here are prices from Midwest, as of 1995 (prices subject change):
Another source for parts is Chris Hale. Chris now owns all the spare parts from Graflex, Canada. If you are prepared to deal with customs issues, you can buy parts from him.
Another good source for Graflex parts is Stephen Shuart. He regularly has an ad in Shutterbug. Here is a sample section from his ad:
LENSBOARDS These are reproductions made of high quality material, unfinished. Resist warping&shrinking. Drilling and mounting at a nominal charge All boards are unfinished. Custom boards made to order. ... 4x5 Pacemaker Crown/Speed $20 ... Stephen Shuart +1-814-837-2248
See also the list of Commercial Web Sites selling Graflex cameras. Some have parts and books.
For certain parts sch as Adapt-a-Roll film holders, you may need to use graphite (the carbon product, not a Graflex product), or one of the newer alternatives such as Molykote. For more information, see lubricants.
Lensboards for the Pacemaker and pre-Pacemaker series of Graphics (Anniversary and pre-Anniversary) differ. The older 4x5 cameras used Graphic ``C'' boards, which are 4x4 inches; later cameras used the smaller sheet-metal ones. There are adapters to fit the metal boards on the older cameras and they show up occasionally at camera sales.
The wooden boards are fairly easy to get or make. The Graphic will also take 4x4 metal lens boards made for the Graphic View but will not take the Calumet boards, although the Calumet camera will take everything.
Mamiya has a small quantity of Supergraphic Lensboards with electric contacts in #1 and #0 sizes. They are available by e-mail at Mamiya@aol.com, for $75.00 each. Unfortunately, Mamiya has no other parts for the Supergraphic or Toyo Supergraphic. Toyo, however, still manufactures Graflex rounded corner lens boards drilled for #0.
Rangefinders can be tricky to adjust. You can order a copy of the rangefinder adjustment manual from one of the book retailers listed below. There is also an online copy for reference, but you may need the printed copy if you can't follow the online version.
Ross Alford owns a Crown Graphic 2 X 3 in which the moving rangefinder image used to be almost undetectable. Taking the cover off the rangefinder revealed that the semi-silvered mirror has become a non-silvered piece of glass. While thinking about beginning a search for spare parts, he had an the following inspiration, which he reports is working very nicely.
Instead of making the moving image be brighter, (which would require a new half-silvered mirror) Ross made the non-moving image darker, which makes the moving image relatively brighter.
How to do it: Take the cover off the rangefinder and cover the inside of the upper window (the one that is aligned with the eyepiece tube, if you happen to still have an eyepiece tube) with a small piece of gray or colored filter material or cellophane that is dark enough to cut out a stop or 2 of light. This makes the image from the other end of the rangefinder relatively lighter, and much more visible. It will now works nicely, even in normally-lit interior shots (though it might be a bit hard to use in a very poorly lit interior). Secure the ``filter'' over the inside of the window using slivers of double-sided sticky tape. This could be done even more easily by just taping the filter over the outside of the upper window of the rangefinder, but it would not look very nice.
An alternative Graflex.Org has discovered for the eternally lazy is simply to place your finger over the upper window briefly and look for the dim image; remove the finger and note the shift in location. Repeat as necessary. The effect is like that of a blink microscope (used in the old days of astronomy for finding comets and the like).