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 on: Today at 03:56:21 PM 
Started by JasonGotaProblem - Last post by thorhammer
Regarding cutting off some blank:

Agree that bottom is (nearly) always the right choice...
Sorta what I figured. It seems most the bend of the rod is in the top foot of the blank, and I assume that this portion is needed for it to perform as designed. But ive learned by now to question all assumptions in areas where I lack firsthand experience. Thank you.

Did you get my PM? Also- before you whack the blank, think about how you'll fish it. If you're using bait, I expect you have to use circle hooks like we do....will the resulting action help or hamper that? If you're jigging and need to set the hook rather than reeling tight on a circle, should you cut 3 and 3, or not at all ( I prefer a 7' doing this, I can get more sweep for jigging and hookset due to longer radius, also helps A LOT getting around outboards when anchored, vs. the stubby 5'8" jigging rods popular now). There are a lot of days where we work to stay in the boat period, and not going out the tuna door on the transom to clear engines. Food for thought.

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 on: Today at 03:28:58 PM 
Started by 54bullseye - Last post by 54bullseye
That's a great piece of forensic eyeballing! More impressive is the job- to be sure they didn't likely have a dremel around at that point and it was all hand-tooled.

Probably late 50s or 60s  Neat guides !!   JT

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 on: Today at 03:23:25 PM 
Started by JasonGotaProblem - Last post by JasonGotaProblem
Regarding cutting off some blank:

Agree that bottom is (nearly) always the right choice...
Sorta what I figured. It seems most the bend of the rod is in the top foot of the blank, and I assume that this portion is needed for it to perform as designed. But ive learned by now to question all assumptions in areas where I lack firsthand experience. Thank you.

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 on: Today at 02:32:36 PM 
Started by BCT7 - Last post by BCT7
Thanks for the offer Fred!

Latest update: the other day I worked on it immediately after I left it outside overnight (temperature was down to 9F overnight). I figure I got nothing to lose at this point, and good news, I finally managed to move the screw, like 1 mm or maybe less, but it is progress. I can kinda wiggle it a bit, but it is still very tight. A combination of heat + cold + soaking in PB Blaster (I believe over a week so far) is starting to pay off.

I am pretty sure I can get this screw off now, but just going to take my time. I do not want to break it lol

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 on: Today at 02:16:06 PM 
Started by Wompus Cat - Last post by thorhammer
No. They look like a good Penn facsimile. How would you rate the levelwind mechanism compared to those on a Penn?

The ones I tore in to LOOK pretty well built except for the cheap arse side plates...lol

They can't be as bad as the Garcia white side plates.  I bet every one of them is broken by now.




I have repaired a GOB of those and Reely don't recall ever seeing one that did not have spider veins on it .


NOPE. That said, i fished them for a awhile and didnt have any issues.

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 on: Today at 01:13:58 PM 
Started by Wompus Cat - Last post by Wompus Cat
No. They look like a good Penn facsimile. How would you rate the levelwind mechanism compared to those on a Penn?

The ones I tore in to LOOK pretty well built except for the cheap arse side plates...lol

They can't be as bad as the Garcia white side plates.  I bet every one of them is broken by now.


I have repaired a GOB of those and Reely don't recall ever seeing one that did not have spider veins on it .

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 on: Today at 12:15:02 PM 
Started by 54bullseye - Last post by thorhammer
That's a great piece of forensic eyeballing! More impressive is the job- to be sure they didn't likely have a dremel around at that point and it was all hand-tooled.

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 on: Today at 11:03:23 AM 
Started by 54bullseye - Last post by 54bullseye
Whatís thatín? Kinda looks like a Kovalavsky.

Fin-Nor

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 on: Today at 10:59:10 AM 
Started by 54bullseye - Last post by 54bullseye
Smiley  I think it is home made , built on a allen base !
 
    Look at the stick on the left and the right vertical roller , is it loose ?
       

Last night I cleaned the old guides up and I now agree with oldmanjoe !! It looks like the main blocks of the stripper guide were custom "home" made but nicely done. There are small but long machine screws coming up from the bottom of blocks that hold the long vertical rollers "and yes one looks short" . Looks like the big main rollers were the originals from stock guides and re mounted in custom blocks. The finish on the big arches is dull compared to the others a looks like they were heated and you cane see they filed groves in the arch for the head of the long screws.   oldmanjoe You nailed it !!!    Thanks !!    John Taylor

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 on: Today at 10:45:41 AM 
Started by seavandal - Last post by 54bullseye
I am new to to this site and haven't really posted anything yet. Here goes a first post! I purchased a couple of Nep-tuna cradles off Craigslist (that story will be for another longer post!) and have custom made a rod for the cradle (another story for another post). I live in Glendale CA so, my fairly local tackle store is Johnny's Sport Shop in Pasadena. I needed an old roller guide for the rod (like an Allan style roller) and went to see if Johnny's had the part. They did! They also had a very interesting roller tip that I just had to buy. I looked on the internet to see if I could find out what it was. No luck! I wish I could post a picture of it but this site says the upload folder is full. On one side it says "Good" "Pat. Pend" "Los Angeles". On the other, "16" "Stainless". It looks very much like the Aftco Swivel tip. Glad to be finally posting. Thanks to all for some really great reads throughout this site! Chris

I have a deep drop tip that says GOOD La Calif like yours and have seen others. Mine is big # 32. They are cool old guides !! 
John Taylor

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