alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial The Heddon 248
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2019, 07:07:12 PM »

Great job Mike thanks for the pics, what a steal, cheers Don.
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2019, 07:57:32 AM »

What do you think that main gear is made of?  I've seen the reddish/orange color on some of the Heddon main gears, and, not being a metallurgist, I'm puzzling over it.  I've heard of something called "red brass"; anybody know anything about it?  Or, are these gears some type of alloy with a plating to maybe make it look better than it is?

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   It's definitely a plating, you can see where it's worn off in the close up pic of the gear. Although the gear appears to be an alloy...it's not cast...it looks to be cut. The gear post is steel. Cool
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2019, 03:06:40 PM »

Hey Mike, what's this red braided line?  Sure makes a Heddon look sharp.

BTW, the 248 is a much better built reel than the 238 I got in the mail this morning.


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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2019, 03:45:31 PM »

Hey Mike, what's this red braided line?  Sure makes a Heddon look sharp.

BTW, the 248 is a much better built reel than the 238 I got in the mail this morning.

   That's the first thing I noticed when researching schematics of these Heddons...build style varies greatly within the series. I was going to give you the eBay link to that line...but the dealer is out of red. Just search Kast King braid, and Hercules too, you'll see a gazillion dealers. Be sure to get the 8 strand...it blows the four strand away at only a few cents more per foot. Cool
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2019, 02:08:06 PM »

Mo, you'd like the 233, it's a miniature 248. 


BTW, I ordered a 248, it should be here Thursday.


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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2019, 02:58:12 PM »

   Wow Chester! That's a great 248...boxed and all...nice score!
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2019, 03:21:03 PM »

   Wow Chester! That's a great 248...boxed and all...nice score!

 Yes it really is !! Its a classy looking reel in a working man sort of way.... to my eye at least. But I only got one good one... Jeff
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2019, 03:37:20 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2019, 08:08:05 PM »

   I was testing the drag power on this reel today and was pleased to find it was as I suspected, above average for this class of reel. It made 10 pounds finger tightened, and slipped very smooth at any power setting. I never expected more than 5 pounds as I took the spool apart. The size and number of washers just didn't scream "performance". I guess it just goes to show you...don't judge the book by the cover. Cool
I have been told before that leather drag washers have a lot of stopping power. Sounds like you are confirming that here!
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« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2019, 09:14:38 PM »

I have been told before that leather drag washers have a lot of stopping power. Sounds like you are confirming that here!

   In this reel's case yes, the leather drags work great, but in most cases they tend to be "jerky" at high settings. I'm learning the key is that the leathers have to be fresh, not burnt smooth and black, to the point they appear to be plastic. Also oiling them is a must...greasing leather drags hasn't worked out for me. Cool

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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2019, 09:39:21 PM »

From Mike —

Also oiling them is a must...greasing leather drags hasn't worked out for me.

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It’s the same as a ball player working oil into his glove — makes everything last longer, work better, plus it is smoother, with no glazing or hardening.

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« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2019, 09:45:38 PM »

It’s the same as a ball player working oil into his glove — makes everything last longer, work better, plus it is smoother, with no glazing or hardening.

   That's correct Fred. I forgot to mention that most folks say neatsfoot oil is the preferred oil for leather drags. Also boot oil and mink oil are good.
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« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2019, 03:36:33 PM »

My Heddon 248 arrived this afternoon.  It was mint.  Looks like someone may have spooled line onto it, but never fished it.  The box had that smell of an old mom and pop hardware store with the hardwood floors from the 1960s.  It was just a little stiff, but felt better than some newly rebuilt Heddons.


Looking inside, it definitely needed some new grease.  Same old brown grease that appears in Mo's reel at the beginning of the thread.


After a little wiping, I found a threaded pin underneath all that grease that needed removed to get the axle out.


No need to service the bail assembly or anti-reverse assembly.  Any of the parts other than the side plates and housing that needed cleaning got a dip and shake in a small jar of lacquer thinner. 


The housing and side plates only needed a good wipedown with Q-Tips and paper towel.  After the wipedown, they got a squirt of Reel Kleen  reel cleaner and a second wipedown.


Mo, my 248 had felt washers instead of leather.


I thought this was a good buy for 12 bucks plus shipping.  The side plate appears dented in the picture, nope, it's just a reflection from the shiny tag.  This reel is bigger than a Mitchell 300, Shakespeare 2062, or D-A-M Quick 220. Didn't do a side-to-side comparison, but imagine it's about the size of a D-A-M Quick 330. 
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« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2019, 08:09:52 PM »

Nice acquisition, Chester. Too nice to fish!  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2019, 08:17:13 PM »

Nice acquisition, Chester. Too nice to fish!  Grin

 I hate to say this.... I agree, I wouldnt fish it. I'd probably put it in my favored drawer & pull it out every now & then.

 Something about this reel is pleasing to me... Jeff
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