Reel Repair by Alan Tani

Spinning Reel Rebuild Tutorials and Questions => Abu Garcia/Garcia/Mitchell => Topic started by: festus on May 12, 2019, 02:01:15 PM



Title: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: festus on May 12, 2019, 02:01:15 PM
Grabbed this Garcia Mitchell 306 off eBay with a group of eight other assorted reels.  This isn't really a tutorial, but since I usually take pictures when working on a reel, doesn't hurt to post them here.

This one was pretty smooth as it was, dirty on the outside, bail worked, but wouldn't close completely sometimes.  A/R and braking system worked ok.
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Brake system was in pretty good shape.
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Grimy inside the rotor and on the bail trip assembly.
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Don't know what kind of blue grease this is, but it hadn't hardened or interfered with the operation of the reel. Blue lithium maybe?
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These 306 have a unique plastic fastener from the rotor to the main housing.  Schematic call it the rotating head lock.
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A key, bail trip, and bail trip ramp must be removed to take out the pinion gear.
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Main gear in good shape, just dirty.
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Yeah, the entire bail assembly needs to be removed and cleaned.
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These reels aren't too difficult to disassemble and service.  It cleaned up pretty well with Simple Green and a toothbrush.
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Figured I'd do the most dreaded chore first, get the bail trip assembly and spring back in.  One of those cheap, crooked-on-the-end awls from Walmart help getting the spring in place.
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Bail system back together.
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Using the last of the Reel Butter grease.  Got plenty of Penn grease and Superlube left.
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If you can work on a smaller 308 or 408, you won't have much trouble with a 306.  Minor differences on the pinion and rotor assembly is about it.
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Almost finished.
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These are nice reels and can be found cheap on eBay.  Even the new-in-box specimens are affordable.  I'm going to stretch this braided line out that came with the reel, see if there are any weak spots.  If the braid looks alright, I'll top off the spool with 15 lb Berkley Big Game mono. Even at half spool capacity with this old braid it cast pretty decent.
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Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: Gfish on May 12, 2019, 02:12:46 PM
Nice job Hoss. The only drawback for me on this one is the lack of a rotorbrake. I've had mine snap shut in the middle of a cast, a couple of times.


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: festus on May 12, 2019, 02:55:28 PM
Nice job Hoss. The only drawback for me on this one is the lack of a rotorbrake. I've had mine snap shut in the middle of a cast, a couple of times.
Mitchell 300 is notorious for the bail snapping back during casting. I've not had as much trouble with the 308 doing that.

A few weeks back I bought another 306 for six bucks shipped.  It was stiff straight from the U.S. Mail, and still stiff after servicing.  This one is much smoother.



Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: mo65 on May 12, 2019, 04:05:26 PM
Another great reel for a 5 spot...great buy Chester!


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: cmdrzog on May 12, 2019, 05:31:00 PM
Nice job Hoss. The only drawback for me on this one is the lack of a rotorbrake. I've had mine snap shut in the middle of a cast, a couple of times.

Mitchell offered a manual p/u kit that solved that problem. 


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: Gfish on May 17, 2019, 08:12:05 PM
Cool. Anyone got a picture, or reference for this?


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: foakes on May 17, 2019, 08:37:46 PM
Here is some information, Greg

I think I have seen these on eBay occasionally.

Should be easy enough to make one by modifying a bail, and adding a rounded or acorn nut.

Maybe even easier than that? Dremel cut-off wheel and a file?

Best,

Fred


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: Gfish on May 17, 2019, 08:50:06 PM
Thanks, Fred!


Title: Re: My $4.75 Mitchell 306
Post by: festus on May 20, 2019, 05:20:08 PM
I've seen those PUM kits on ebay in the past advertised for like $45.  Can't remember for which model, the 300, 306, or 302.  Best making your own.