alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Garcia Mitchell 305--detailed look inside and service
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« on: October 18, 2019, 09:44:06 AM »

A few days ago I posted a tutorial for the Garcia Mitchell 304.  Thought it might be a good idea to do the same for the 305 because it's completely backward from the 304.  This should be very beneficial to a novice servicing one for the first time.  This was my first attempt in servicing any type of pure left handed reel, both spinning and baitcasting.  The reel felt good as it was, could have been fished with no problems I could find.  Of course, it being a left handed reel, it feels very awkward reeling with my right hand.  Doesn't make sense because me and most righties use their right hand to reel a baitcaster. This reel wasn't in the best cosmetic condition, has some rash on the rotor and bail arm.


Removing the handle by turning counterclockwise.




Removing the lube port screw.


Removing the cover plate screws.


Removing the cover plate reveals that familiar soft brown grease.


Removing the oscillating plate screws.


Removing the spool and axle.


A look inside the rotor.  Lots of nasty, dry grit present.


Removing the rotor hex nut with an 8mm socket.


Removing the bail trip.


This washer and copper shim is essential, and can be overlooked or lost in the grease.




Removing the line guide and line guide screw.


Removing bail screw #2.


Loosening the main bail screw.


Removing bail wire and bail spring.


Removing trip lever screw and assembly.


A look at the complete bail assembly.


A look at the main gear and anti-reverse assembly.  The a/r assembly in this 305 is a mirror image of the same in the 304.


Cleaned it all with Dawn dishwashing detergent, WD-40, and lacquer thinner.




Reassembling bail wire, bail spring, and bail screw.


Reattaching bail screw #2.


Reattaching the line roller and screw.


Reassembling the bail trip lever assembly.


Lubing the pinion gear.


Sliding the rotor back into the housing.


Don't overlook the shim and washer.


Bail trip back in place.


Reattaching rotor hex nut.


Oiling the axle.


Reinserting the axle.


Reattaching the oscillating slide to the axle.




Reinstalling the main gear.


A look at the cleaned, lubed, and reassembled anti-reverse assembly.


Reattaching the cover plate.




Reattaching the handle knob to the handle.


Reattaching the lube port screw.


The reel cleaned up pretty well, of course the rash never went away.




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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 10:03:14 AM »

I really like this reel, you did a bang up job, as usual.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 10:32:47 AM »

Solid tutorial, Chester!

Yes, the little round body Mitchells are an excellent fishing reel.

Best,

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 12:11:34 PM »

Good pictures Chester. Got the all-important sequence down too. You ever get any a those older reel-line rollers to function, that is, to turn?
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 12:58:26 PM »

Great job...as usual !
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 01:15:37 PM »

Good pictures Chester. Got the all important sequence down too. You ever get any a those older reel-line rollers to function, that is, to turn?
Not on Mitchells, Greg.  Come to think about it, I've never checked that closely on any reel.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 01:16:05 PM »

Good pictures Chester. Got the all important sequence down too. You ever get any a those older reel-line rollers to function, that is, to turn?

I don't think those rollers are designed to spin, Greg.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 01:20:09 PM »

You ever get any a those older reel-line rollers to function, that is, to turn?

   I have a 306 I'm working on that has a free spinning line roller...but it and a shelfie 406 are the only Mitchells I have that do. Another fine post Chester. Cool
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2019, 06:07:16 PM »

Nice look at a pure lefty spinner.  Yes, it can happen; messing things up, that is, by applying righty ideas to lefty equipment.  It's easy 50 + years after the fact the wonder what the designers were thinking by going with a lefty model and a separate righty one (even of some of the parts are exactly the same), when the "modern" ways of making switchable R-L retrieve seem so obvious and simple....

I think Fred's right about the line guides on reels like this.  The guide may rotate ever so slightly, but it wasn't meant to be a roller.  I'm thinking the little bit of rotation was only meant to spread the wear or friction over the entire contact surface of the guide, maybe prolonging the life of the part a bit.

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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2019, 06:33:31 PM »

Got a couple of Mitchell's last week service the 305using the 304 post it was a great help thanks for posting this Chester
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2019, 09:30:49 AM »

Ok, good info., thanks. Always wondered about those carbon steel(tungsten?) lookin rollers on MG's.
Is the ossilating slide made outta nylon or some other soft material and is it supposed to break under too much pressure?
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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2019, 09:50:07 AM »

Once again another great guide to a classic reel, thank you!!

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Which version  of line guide do you get to spin, is it the newer 81476 (line roller guide)?? I'm curious because I've been thinking about trying braid on one but both of mine have the older 81052(line guide)
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2019, 10:01:16 AM »

Is the ossilating slide made outta nylon or some other soft material and is it supposed to break under too much pressure?

The round, dadoed oscillating slide is made of a hard nylon type plastic material, Greg --

Probably meant to be smoother -- and also to wear out or break before ruining more expensive parts.

Trouble is, by the time they broke -- Mitchell was no longer producing the replacements.

On another round body Mitchell -- the very tough, and more rare 340 -- the oscillation block is made of steel.

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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2019, 10:31:33 AM »

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Which version  of line guide do you get to spin, is it the newer 81476 (line roller guide)?? I'm curious because I've been thinking about trying braid on one but both of mine have the older 81052(line guide)

   Hmm...I'm not that versed in dating Mitchells. From the 306 schematics it looks like mine do have the newer setup. It has the lock washer under the nut, which must allow it to be adjusted without falling off.
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2019, 08:31:31 PM »

Well done, Chester! This may be one of the first "wrong handed"  Cheesy spinning reel tutorials to have been posted here.  Cool
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