alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial D.A.M. Quick 110N -- Bullet Proof Little Microlite
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« on: June 27, 2014, 05:13:18 PM »

First off -- apologies to those on the board that do not like to work on spinners -- but I wanted to share this.

This is a little D.A.M. Quick 110N Microlite that would barely turn due to no maintenance since new (1983).  The factory brown grease was hard and waxy.

Clients son had used it and lost a couple of the drag washers from the spool assembly.

Broke it down, ultrasonically cleaned all parts, replaced the missing parts with new ones, reassembled, Yamaha MG lubed & synthetic oiled, adjusted, spooled up 125 yards of 4 LB Trilene XT, returned to client ready to fish.

After nearly 40 years of doing this -- these Quicks never cease to amaze me. 

The tolerances from the factory are still maintained, aluminum body & rotor, steel worm-drive with bronze gears, oversize ball bearing, crisp snap of the bail, asbestos hex drags top & under spool, front drag, all of the components are of good quality materials including -- bronze, steel, aluminum,copper.  Even the "C" clips are of superior quality.  Adjustable trip on the bail return.  Overbuilt to last.

They may not be pretty -- but they sure work & hold up well.  Simple and well engineered.

Best,

Fred




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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 06:02:56 PM »

Thanks for that Fred!

Those old worm drives are amazing. In these days of "planned obsolescence" I will myself never get tired of tools that last 30 years with minimal maintenance.

 Grin


ps. If you haven't already go to Alan Hawk's site and read a great review of a vintage DAM reel there plus a little history of DAM reels and where they are today.


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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 07:39:13 PM »

Sweet...reminds me of my favorite spinners...Mitchell 300's...good job brother..
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 12:12:24 AM »

Fine Job Fred! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014, 08:02:17 AM »

As a kid that started fishing in the 50's with an Airex Spinning Reel & ended up with a Mitchell 300 & 306 if you saw someone with a Quick they had a good job to afford it. I also liked the Green Penn Spinning Reels but that's something else.

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2014, 12:10:32 PM »

Disassembled, cleaned, and restored 5 old level winds for a Client yesterday.

Ambassadeur 4000, 5500, 5000, Shakespeare SKP 2000, plus a Penn MAG 10.  All work like watches now, but really got hung up on the Penn 10 -- it had been damaged inside in and around the level wind assembly.  So after having it apart 8 times to isolate various issues -- ended up replacing the worm screw, pawl, worm shield, nylon idler gear, and the brass worm drive gear, and more.

The Quicks, Mitchells, and Penns, are all reels that I appreciate and work on regularly.  I have been fortunate over the years to accumulate a fair sized parts inventory for these old heros.  And I have around 400 Mitchell's, and about 350 complete Quicks in stock.

Nothing gives me more satisfaction than restoring a vintage quality reel for an older person -- who had thought it was impossible to get parts for.  Maybe it was a reel they fished with as a young man, or it belonged to someone's Dad or Grandfather -- and had a lot of good memories attached to it.  It's really not always about the money -- there are enough other reels to work on that I get paid well for servicing -- like Daron sez...it is about enjoying your passion and paying it forward.

And Mike, I also think a lot of the old Penn Green spinners -- hard to find a better spinning reel than an old 700 series Penn, a D.A.M. Quick  Super, or a Mitchell.

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2014, 12:32:52 PM »

Fred

I did a 714 for someone About 18 months ago. I had to remove the drag washers from the Spool with a Hammer & Screw Driver Ordered new complete drags & installed after cleaning. The reel worked perfect after servicing the body. These reels are one of the best old reels there are.

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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2014, 12:38:21 PM »

Great googly-moogly!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2014, 01:17:58 PM »

Fred,
I would love to walk through that shop of yours just once. That is a really impressive setup you have there! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2014, 02:12:19 PM »

Fred,
I would love to walk through that shop of yours just once. That is a really impressive setup you have there! Wink

Absolutely!! Passion and organization in those pix. Inspirational.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2014, 07:04:04 PM »

Wow!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2014, 05:57:30 AM »

Amazing photos! I agree, I would love a tour of the shop.
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2014, 02:56:58 PM »

If you didn't sell off a bunch of stuff Fred you didn't show all  Grin Very impressive.

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2014, 08:28:42 PM »

I had one of these reels long ago ...think it was a 220?  loved that crinkle finish on the body....just like an expensive camera was then.  I once saw a DAM Ultralite reel that had a magnetic drag.
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2014, 10:43:35 PM »

The 220 is a great size reel -- comparable to a Mitchell 300 -- only much stronger with double frame supported steel worm-drive, bronze main gear, oversize ball bearing, aluminum bodies and rotors, no pot metal anywhere inside or out.

Crisp, strong bail action.

A fairly rare Quick that I really like is the 221. 

Same size as a 220 -- but has 5-1 high speed gears instead of 3-1, longer crank for more torque, has a red S on the side denoting high speed.

Best,

Fred
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