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Spinning Reel Rebuild Tutorials and Questions => Mitchell => Topic started by: nagant on April 03, 2019, 04:04:22 AM



Title: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 03, 2019, 04:04:22 AM
Belonged to an uncle and not used in 52 years. Bought a parts reel but didn't need it after all. Parts reel was stepped on and rotating head and spool was bent along with handle grip screw snapped off. Got the rotating head back in round and decided to try and drill the threaded screw stub out, it worked!  This screw seems to have a steel core with aluminum outer shell.  The counter weight inside of the rotor cup is loose, looks like its held by 2 rivets. Hard to tell but C/W has play, normal? the parts reel C/W (counter weight) is either tight as it should be or stuck with gunk.


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 03, 2019, 05:17:09 AM
These are sort of an odd duck.  Like an ultra light with a large spool someone wrote, with the planamatic spooling should be a great casting reel.  And the spools, large capacity has a drag washer but small capacity does not.  Here is a D.A.M. Quick 331N for comparison


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 08, 2019, 06:20:17 PM
How do you separate the reel body and rotor?  I stripped it down while cleaning, couldn't see anything else to remove. Tried pulling them apart but didn't want to break it.


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: Midway Tommy on April 09, 2019, 10:53:48 AM
It's not difficult. Remove the side plate & main gear. Remove the 2 screws from the oscillation block, pull the main shaft out of the tube at the front and remove the nut in the rotor on the shaft tube. Remove the bail trip and the rotor should slide right off the tube. The pinion gear will remain attached to the rotor.   


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 09, 2019, 02:07:10 PM
Thanks it was resisting and i was resisting my caveman instinct :)


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: happyhooker on April 09, 2019, 06:03:57 PM
These reels definitely have a throwback look & are a sure conversation starter.

Frank


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 10, 2019, 12:58:08 AM
They really do have a unique look Frank. After looking at the innerds i see the (form follows function) design aspect. Haven't used them enough to know how well they handle a good fight. The bail trip needs a trim or i need skinnier fingers, raps my finger every rev.      Brice


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: Midway Tommy on April 10, 2019, 10:58:21 AM
The 304, not quite as fancy but same innards, was my first spinner. I loved that reel. Light, capable, it did everything I asked of it until I broke the shaft off on the main gear. That's when I bought my first Zebco Cardinal, 1969, as it's replacement. I still have that 304. I found a main gear & extracted the piece of shaft out of the handle. It's just been sitting in a plastic baggie ever since. Never got around to servicing it but this thread pushed me into taking it apart so it'll be my next resto.  :)


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: wfjord on April 10, 2019, 12:30:15 PM
I have a 314 that I acquired for panfishing year before last. Unique, cool looking little reel. I serviced it, added some shims and loaded it up with mono, but it has such a deep spool that it holds a holds way more line than I'd ever need for such a reel.  It casted nicely, but I ended up taking the line off and used it to load up a couple of my old 714 spinfishers.  Haven't used the 314 since.

I'd like to trade the deep spool for a shallow one if they made a shallow spool.  Or maybe just fill it up two thirds of the way with tape or old Dacron and then add some line.


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: Midway Tommy on April 10, 2019, 01:48:29 PM
I never spool more than 125 yds of whatever line I'm using. I use 12# dacron for backing and I never change the backing.


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: wfjord on April 10, 2019, 03:37:51 PM
I never spool more than 125 yds of whatever line I'm using. I use 12# dacron for backing and I never change the backing.

That's the best option. I've got lots of it.  Never could bring myself to throwing old dacron away and still have some baitcasters with 40 year old backing on them.


Title: Re: 314 back in action
Post by: nagant on April 11, 2019, 08:07:14 AM
Took a parts reel apart and the rotor slid off easy, not sure why the other didn't but its working good so not going to investigate :). Took the handle knob and screw from a 304 handle and it fit. wasn't sure if they would due to parts number are different. Another thing that's weird is all three reels anti reverse work and sound good but only one lever bounces on every click when engaged.   I've been using a old spool of 30# modern braid from a garage sale. Need more but not sure what to get, there's Orvis Dacron 12# fly line backing in the local store but not sure if that's a good idea.