alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial My Critter Gitter
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« on: November 30, 2017, 02:24:02 PM »

After 6 skunkings in a row fishing 2 long rods each time, I've decided to put together a critter rod to try and get some kind of action while the big bait is soaking.  I already had a vintage 9' Fenwick that I picked up at a yard sale for $20 and I just found this little Penn Beachmaster 155 for $15 on Craigslist.

My plan is to build out this little reel to be bullet proof for critters, but still handle a medium size bat if it happens.  I'm adding an aluminum spool, custom adjustable mag, Carbontex drag stack, stainless sleeve, power handle and knob, upgraded stainless screws, and stiffening the frame with a Newell base and custom spacer bar braces that I 3D printed.

Here's what it looks like before disassembly.







I'll add to this post as I get the parts and begin the build.
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 02:27:07 PM »

an undersung fav. you had my attention BEFORE you said 3-D bars...now i really want to see this. what material? and didn't you just sell a 980 which is the same size Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 02:35:54 PM »

an undersung fav. you had my attention BEFORE you said 3-D bars...now i really want to see this. what material? and didn't you just sell a 980 which is the same size Smiley

I haven't sold the 980 yet, still trying.  It's a great reel, I love fishing my 990!  But the 980 is in too nice of shape and has all the matching accessories, I couldn't bear to fish it.  I'd rather it go to a collector.

The 3D printed spacer bars are more of a support for the stainless bars.  I played around with the idea of making them completely 3D printed, but I'm still not sure that is the best way to go.  What I'm trying first is a support that works with the original bars.  The first set is PLA, but if they work like I think, I'll make a set out of ABS.  I think this route will still add a lot of rigidity, but not much extra weight.

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 03:07:52 PM »

Those bars will be strong and look cool. Keep us posted please.

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 04:17:53 PM »

That is a nice looking cross bar
I have a 155 narrowed with a Newell kit but I put a 24-49 handle on it. Kind of like a power handle much longer blade than the stock one. Just one way to skin a cat


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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2017, 04:45:52 PM »

That's a cool handle option too since it still has the counterweight!
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 06:48:54 PM »

I'd be real interested in the "custom adjustable mag"! Please, more info n' pictures if possible.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 05:21:59 AM »

Yes you have started something here Chad! I値l be needing 10 sets of those of those bars when you dial it in. 😎😎👍👍. Actually I知 serious if you get around to producing a few.  They値l fit Squidder and 200 Surfmaster too. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2017, 08:48:29 AM »

I'd be real interested in the "custom adjustable mag"! Please, more info n' pictures if possible.
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I did a prototype set up on my Sealine-x 50 and it works great!
Getting quotes now for having production parts made.
Still a few weeks out but I'll post all the details as soon as they are ready.
I'll probably do another prototype on this build as well in the mean time.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2017, 08:49:46 AM »

Yes you have started something here Chad! I値l be needing 10 sets of those of those bars when you dial it in. 😎😎👍👍. Actually I知 serious if you get around to producing a few.  They値l fit Squidder and 200 Surfmaster too. 

If these work like I hope they will, I do plan to make more and sell them.  I think they will be a great low budget upgrade to many of these Penn's  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2017, 02:27:02 PM »

I'd be in for some narrow ones 146,27 that sort of thing
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2017, 10:18:24 PM »

Great stuff you are doing there Chad.
I prefer to Narrow my 155 Critter Gitter's with an aluminum spool and ss posts.
If you get some bars made, I would be interested in a set or two.
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2017, 03:24:34 PM »

Got some parts from Smooooth Drag and McMaster Carr today  Smiley
Everything has been soaking in Simple Green all weekend.
Hopefully I can finish cleaning and assemble it this week!


As for the spacer bar supports.  Once they get tested on this reel, I'd love to start making more for anyone that's interested.  
Thanks for the encouragement!
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2017, 08:41:25 AM »

Well with the fires up here and Christmas around the corner, the Critter Gitter has taken a back seat.  Sad
Hope to make a little progress on it this week though!
Thanks for all the encouraging words guys!
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2017, 02:40:25 PM »

I was able to get a little progress on it today.
Fabricated and installed the adjustable mag system.

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