alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial The Ultra Mag, A Blast From The Past
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« on: July 11, 2018, 07:03:05 PM »

This is a mid-80's(?, serial #850400) Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Ultra Mag XL V(5). Probably bout a 3/0 size baitcast style inshore reel. I assume XL means: extra large, relative to the 6 or so models in the series that came before it. This one and the VI(6) are hard to find and probably didn't sell well.

Edit:Can't seem to post the rest of the story(levelwind stuff) for unknowen reasons, try latter, with" post reply".


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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 12:53:59 PM »

Cool interesting reel G!  Cool Cool
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 03:04:02 PM »

Thanks Chad. Can't seem to post "The Rest of The Story" , i.e., details about the levelwind function, including pictures. Workin on it... Seems it's the post won't work when I'm tryin to add pictures.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 09:29:08 AM »

Pictures?

Ok. Don't know what's goin on?...

Anyway, when you engage freespool, the pawl cover(black graphite) rolls off(disengages) the levelwinding device.


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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 09:37:36 AM »

I see the pics!
Cool looking reel!  I'm intrigued!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 11:39:39 AM »

The levelwinder is actually 2 units, held together by a magnet. When ready to cast you can push each one to it's respective side for relatively friction-free casting.


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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 11:45:31 AM »

Oh, oh, oh! It's workin! I'm able to post.

Also, the seperated levelwind units can be pushed over into grooves on either side a the frame, for simi-permanent no-levelwind use.


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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 11:57:10 AM »

If the levelwind wires are separated, but not down in the grooves, when you reel in, it automatically goes back into gear and the pawl mechanism also rolls back into gear, moves along as you crank, and collects each levelwind 1/2unit, snapping them back together via the magnet.

Coolest, most versitile level winder I've ever seen. Even though I've nearly worn out the reel, it's never failed.

And that's the rest of the story...


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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 12:08:30 PM »

Wow, those are some really cool features!  Thanks for sharing G!  Now I want one! LOL  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2018, 01:48:44 PM »

Found the schematics here: https://www.reelschematic.com/reel-schematics/abu-garcia-reel-schematics/abu-garcia-ultra-mag-schematics/#gsc.tab=0
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2018, 02:22:17 PM »

Cool reel.

There were other Abu’s that had the same type levelwind system. They were a smaller reel. I think i have one in the shop.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2018, 04:54:12 PM »

This is a mid-80's(?, serial #850400) Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Ultra Mag XL V(5). Probably bout a 3/0 size baitcast style inshore reel. I assume XL means: extra large, relative to the 6 or so models in the series that came before it.

Nice reel Gfish, looks like it's served you well. They are fairly large for a 'low profile' reel. ABU claim line capacity of 20 lb/500yds and 30 Lb/300 yds.
Here's a photo of one next to a 7000 for comparison (the ultra mag is only half spooled)

 
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2018, 05:22:48 PM »

If it's yours and you wanna sell it lemme know. Bout a day ago I gave up on onea those _bay bidding wars, with those stupid 0.50 cent increases, no matter what I bid. That line volume sounds excessive, but may well be true.
Man! Didn't know there's that many models made!
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2018, 05:52:22 PM »

I'll keep you in mind if I decide to sell it or see another one - I picked it up in Aus six or seven years ago, it's not new but hasn't been used much by the look of it. I found a VI around the same time, they have the same size side plates just a bit wider spool (30 lb/400 yds and 40 lb/300 yds)

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