ABU Garcia 652, 653, 654, 752, 753, 754, etc., Cardinals

Started by Midway Tommy, January 04, 2018, 09:34:19 PM

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Quote from: Midway Tommy on January 07, 2020, 09:34:15 PM

Nice pick! I've never broken down a 300 or 500 series reel, so let us know how close it comes to the info in this tutorial.

Tommy, Sorry I have been so long getting back to this.
It looks like the plastic clicker is also the only drag washer?  I have not been able to remove the spool shaft, which means I can't remove the main gear.
Any suggestions very welcome.

DAM Quick 3001      SHIMANO Spedmaster 3   Jigging Master PE5n


Hi Greg --

Not trying to butt in -- and Tom will know for sure...however, there is a little metal "horseshoe shaped" retainer that can be removed with a small screwdriver, needlenose, or tweezers.

It is shown in your photo tucked into the carriage slide.

The spool shaft should come right out when this is removed.

Best, Fred
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I will let the pictures describe the rest of the reels build. The rotor to body attachment is a surprise.

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Midway Tommy

Well advised, Fred. I've never been inside a 500 or 300 series, or really any Cardinal post the 600 & 700 series'. I had heard, though, that the 500 series was cheapened quite a bit. Looks like AG just continued cutting corners.  :(
Love those open face spinning reels! (Especially ABU & ABU/Zebco Cardinals)

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Excellent, thank you for taking the time to put this breakdown together.

Have a 754 that is in need of service. Never fished this kind of reel before nor had one open on the bench.

So I am looking forward to get into it soon...


I have a whole bag of these to go thru one day to put back together from an estate sale, and a few red ones. Don't know much about them.