alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial My first Shakespeare! A Sea Wonder 2080 EJ
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« on: April 01, 2019, 03:41:28 PM »

I asked a VERY well respected member of the forum to help me finish compiling my list of large vintage surf reels that would make a good showing.  He turned me onto the Shakespeare Sea Wonder 2080 and 2090 series.  I found a good deal on a this Sea Wonder, and she'll be here this upcoming week.  As always, anything that anyone can tell me about the reel or about how to properly service her is very welcome!


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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2019, 03:50:10 PM »

It will likely be OK, after a good cleaning and service, Josh.

This one looks like it has been used recently — so probably OK.

I have one that had not been used in most likely 30+ years — the cranking was so stiff that I foolishly forced it too much before opening it up — then found it packed full of a very sticky axle grease that had turned to semi-beeswax.

My cranking without inspecting resulted in a broken oscillation block.

It is in a bag for now — until I find the right part.

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2019, 05:00:29 PM »

Great choice.  Looks like you got a good one.  Those old USA made Shakespeares (rods too) are well built and should last a lifetime if taken care of.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2019, 06:14:12 PM »

Thank you gentleman!  About her being fished recently, that was my take, as well.  That mono looks pretty bright and fresh.  She'll get her turn at the beach, after a thorough cleaning.  I have half a dozen reels waiting in line to be taken down and refreshed now.  Pics of each teardown will follow.

Fred, I will make certain to not force any reels, going forward.  If this reel turns out to need parts, may I come to you?
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2019, 06:23:13 PM »

I do not have any parts supply for these, Josh —

Just a few complete reels that will be made into lamp bases —

It is doubtful that you will need any parts for these — outside of maybe a bail spring, or a new drag stack.

And those parts can be sourced from, or adapted from other similar reels.

If by some doubtful chance, a few more parts were needed — a donor reel would be your best solution.

I have parts for DQ, Mitchell’s, Penns, and a few others — but few for the Shakes.

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2019, 06:25:27 PM »

Thank you, sir.  Do  you happen to know if there are any common parts failures on these Sea Wonders to watch out for?  None of my vintage reels will get abused, but it's always good to know which parts I should try to pick up just in case.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2019, 06:34:40 PM »

Those charcoal Shakespeares are built like tanks. If not abused there really aren't any weak spots other than maybe the plastic drag knob cracking. I've only ever seen one cracked, though, but replacement parts are really difficult to find.   
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2019, 06:37:10 PM »

Josh, since I haven't seen any Royal Bonnyl in way over a decade, maybe two, you should get a bulk spool of Stren Hi-Vis Gold or Ande Pink in 20 or 25 lb test for these motors you are acquiring (rapidly, i may add Smiley  

To complete the vintage direction. JMO.
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2019, 09:58:16 PM »

Thank you, Tommy!

Thor, I do love me some Ande mono.  You're right, I need to outfit all these girls with some proper pink 20lb Ande. And I'm going to use nothing but redheaded pencil poppers just to be really old school.  I tried to find an old Lami for a decent price around here but nothing doing, so I bought a 9 ft Daiwa FT fiberglass stick in that retro yellow.  The ocean star looks sharp on there already.

As far as the rapidity goes, I hadn't really treated myself to anything fun in a long time, so I figured it was about time.  Not including the Penn that the seller backed out on, I'd acquired the DAM Super, the Shakespeare, the Ocean Star, and the Ocean City 320 for just a hair over a C note.  I'm not picky about cosmetics so I've been getting alot of reel for my dollar.  The hunt continues...
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2019, 10:58:59 PM »

Josh, since I haven't seen any Royal Bonnyl in way over a decade, maybe two, you should get a bulk spool of Stren Hi-Vis Gold or Ande Pink in 20 or 25 lb test for these motors you are acquiring (rapidly, i may add Smiley 

To complete the vintage direction. JMO.

I have 2 connected RB spools (? 20 lb. ?), in original (crumbling) plastic case
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2019, 03:22:48 PM »

That's a nice find, Phil.  I don't believe I've ever seen this line that Thor is talking about.  I grew up on Ande.
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2019, 03:23:46 PM »

Cool reel, Flip, go get her wet son!
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2019, 04:15:51 PM »

 I had one of these with box. Fella said it was used. After looking at it I asked, "by who" he said he just made the claim to be on the safe side.

 I dont keep reels around just to fondle & stare at. I'll not be a warehouse for someone else after I'm gone.

Reels that dont see much use or have lost their place in my arsenal most of the time go down the road.

Except for a few DAM Quicks & some old Penns. But I look at them. I dont stare.


However that's just me. I do understand people's desire to collect pristine examples of benchmark reels. So this one went to a friend who does this sort of thing.
  After he accused me of being a retard for having plans of fishing it.

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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2019, 04:32:07 PM »

Oh, this is a very well made thought out reel. Just as Fred told me.
 It was made to fish a couple of lifetimes for the more than average fishing fella... Jeff
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2019, 06:23:20 PM »

I, as well, don't typically collect things that I don't plan on using.  Nothing but respect for the people who do have large collections, and I'll probably be there someday, as well.  Thus far I've got half a dozen large surf reels en route, and I plan on fishing each one of them in turn.  I drive down a beautiful scenic highway that runs along the beach, on my drive home every night.  Keeping a rod, reel, and a couple of choice artificials in the passenger seat is my plan after I've got all the girls taken down and properly serviced.   I'll be taking a different reel out each week.  Also, none of the ones I've picked up are in anywhere near pristine condition.  Every single one has chips, corrosion, and some pretty decent wear.  I like used reels that show their history.
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