OK here is the story to give you some background. I sold a Ilex Wide Field Process Paragon in a Ilex #3 universal shutter on a certain site only to have it returned to me as defective. I checked that both cells threaded on smoothly and completely as well as the shutter operation. It did not a very light haze to both elements but nothing major. All good and disclosed beforehand. Well it was returned to me with the front element hopelessly stuck and not completely screwed in. I tried everything I know to unscrew it gently but finally putting the shutter into a vice and using a automotive oil filter wrench to torque the front element lose. I can't image what the buyer screwed it on with. Anyway the shutter still mostly works with a little bit bent cocking and aperture lever. Long side (1 sec side) is slow but it always was. Also looks like front cell has some damage to the threads. Anyway to make a long story short if anyone can make use of the parts of this thing (rear element looks goodish...) please contact me and I will give it to you for the price of shipping. Thanks - I hate to just throw it away you know.