Gummed up fixed spool reels

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Duckett
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Gummed up fixed spool reels

Post by Duckett » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:45 pm

Late last year I was lucky enough to pick up a 1969 Garcia Mitchell 500 and a hammered metallic green/blue ABU 444. Both in good cosmetic condition but completely frozen.

Well, I’ve taken the opportunity provided by the big freeze to strip them both down and clean them up. I’ve just put both back together and the seem to be working perfectly.

Now, whilst I am very grateful to the anglers who packed them with so much grease that they stopped working - they wouldn’t have cost me so little otherwise - I do have to ask, what sort of angler thinks that simply packing clean grease on top of dirty grease will fix any problem?

These are the 3rd and 4th fixed spool reels I’ve picked up like this - I got a Delmatic and a lovely swan neck Ambidex that way. Is this a common experience? I always assumed all anglers were like the ones I know, they care for their tackle.
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Re: Gummed up fixed spool reels

Post by Black Prince » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:18 pm

Yes I look after my tackle money was in very short order when i was a boy so had a rod reel and landing net and would wander miles of canal lose it I wouldn’t have got anymore so I tend to look after my possessions can’t understand anyone who doesn’t :fishing1: mike

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Re: Gummed up fixed spool reels

Post by OldTackle » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:03 pm

Duckett wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:45 pm
Late last year I was lucky enough to pick up a 1969 Garcia Mitchell 500 and a hammered metallic green/blue ABU 444. Both in good cosmetic condition but completely frozen.

Well, I’ve taken the opportunity provided by the big freeze to strip them both down and clean them up. I’ve just put both back together and the seem to be working perfectly.

Now, whilst I am very grateful to the anglers who packed them with so much grease that they stopped working - they wouldn’t have cost me so little otherwise - I do have to ask, what sort of angler thinks that simply packing clean grease on top of dirty grease will fix any problem?

These are the 3rd and 4th fixed spool reels I’ve picked up like this - I got a Delmatic and a lovely swan neck Ambidex that way. Is this a common experience? I always assumed all anglers were like the ones I know, they care for their tackle.
Nearly all of the used fixed spool reels I worked on were like that. I began to think it was against any possible loss of parts when opened for 'service'.
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