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« on: December 13, 2017, 06:27:29 PM »

This little reel just arrived, it is brand new in the box





The parts list and reel instructions



The guarantee card. Can't really make it out, I think it says made in 63 and purchased in 76, but not really sure

A quick take apart and put back together.
Didn't read any instructions, it all made sense to me as I moved along.
This is a simple designed reel that should take no more than 5 minutes to take it completely apart and put back...great design!











The  little handle has a cool swivel design


and the reel, back together

Nice little jewel and I'm glad it is now in my possession.
Thanks for looking.

Sal
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 07:10:13 PM »

I think you need to change your title to CrAck Addict!!!

Beautiful reel you got there.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 10:13:36 PM »

Man, Sal, you are really Crackin' lately.  Grin Nice reel!
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 02:48:59 AM »

Congrats Sal , that's a fine little reel , brand new from 76 !

I love the box fish  design too.

I think the 15 Jan of 1976  must rather be the date of purchase (the seller filled the wrong blank)

and I read "103"  above ,  I think  it's the model's number .
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 03:31:37 AM »

Congrats Sal , that's a fine little reel , brand new from 76 !

I love the box fish  design too.

I think the 15 Jan of 1976  must rather be the date of purchase (the seller filled the wrong blank)

and I read "103"  above ,  I think  it's the model's number .
Thank you Fred, that makes sense.
 The N. threw me off, along with the translation.
Identification and fabricacion or fabricazione have two different meaning Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 05:29:48 AM »

Nice find, Sal !
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 05:58:11 AM »

Hi Sal, thanks for cracking that crack for us & sharing, nice reel alright, cheers Don.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 06:49:58 AM »

Good & detailed pictures, interesting design. Love that giant drag knob, how they reduced the bail mechanism down to something harder to break or distort and especially the pic. in the instructions with the guys suit sleeves & cuffs. "Vive la difference"!
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 07:20:29 AM »

Unusual and very interesting! Thanks for sharing Sal.

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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2017, 08:00:08 AM »

Looks like a beauty; with that big main gear, retrieve ratio should be higher than with most older spinning reels.

Where does the "Relax" part come in?  With a reel like that, a fish on the other end means anything but relaxing!

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2017, 08:12:28 AM »

Beautiful combo, Sal --

I don't know much about these French Cracks -- but they seem like a good quality reel.

If I run across a parts bin with Crack Parts -- I will send them your way.

Seems like there was an organizer full of a few drawers of these parts -- labeled "Crack" -- but have not run across them yet.

Sold a bunch of Alcedo and Luxor parts maybe 15 years ago to a fellow in Belgium.  Think I kept the Crack parts because I did not know what they were.

If I do, they are yours -- but no guarantees.

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2017, 10:30:24 AM »

I think it's interesting that they used a nylon sleeve, or bushing, on the pinion. Evidently to reduce noise. Seems like quite a few, especially French, manufacturers used nylon as noise reduction about that time. It eventually progressed to oscillation gearing later in some reels. 
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2017, 02:26:00 PM »

Beautiful combo, Sal --

I don't know much about these French Cracks -- but they seem like a good quality reel.

If I run across a parts bin with Crack Parts -- I will send them your way.

Seems like there was an organizer full of a few drawers of these parts -- labeled "Crack" -- but have not run across them yet.

Sold a bunch of Alcedo and Luxor parts maybe 15 years ago to a fellow in Belgium.  Think I kept the Crack parts because I did not know what they were.

If I do, they are yours -- but no guarantees.

Best,

Fred
You're always there to help out, thank you Fred...you're the best!
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