alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial The Heddon 227
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mo65
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« on: January 15, 2020, 11:11:54 AM »

   You see a lot of Heddon "greenies" around, but these brown/gold Heddons seem to all be in hiding. This one is a big reel...the biggest Heddon I have. It's the same size as a Quick 270 or Zebco XB95. Not as solid a fisher as those two reels...but a decent B-Grade piece.
   Popping off the side plate I see a few good points, the out front AR system and the brass drive shaft bushing, indicated by the yellow arrows. That plastic oscillation block makes me wince.




   And just as sure as a day is long...that plastic part is cracked! At least the drive gear shaft is steel, and the bearing is all metal. Plaster aside, this is a killer design, with only about 10 parts inside the body.



   The oscillation block is only cracked on one side. I'm going to drop the anal retentive card and say "it is what it is". It will be fine for the shelf. Wink



   This reel has a huge aluminum spool, a leather 3-stack drag, and a hefty steel spool shaft. The drag click ratchet is even soldered onto the shaft. This is the heaviest built "non-sleeve" spool shaft I've seen. The only problem is the missing click spring...which should be in the red circled area...but I have an idea.



   Tearing apart a spent lighter provided my spring. Grin



   Another point of interest is the pinion/AR ratchet. It has an odd fitment...seems like a simple keyed ratchet would have sufficed. That might have even left enough room in the budget for a dang metal oscillation block! Roll Eyes



   It seems odd seeing these colors on a Heddon, but I do like the difference. The seller said the handle "may not be correct". In eBay speak that means "I slapped on the first one I found". It looks like a Dam Quick handle...and in my book...that's nothing but an upgrade.



   Ready to button up! That no-nonsense build equals very little resistance when turning the handle. The handle spins like a hundred dollar ceramic bearing...the most free turning spinning reel I own. I can't stop spinning it! Cool





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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2020, 11:23:43 AM »

Nice reel, Mike! Step on the gas and file out an oscillation block in aluminum. I need to know how long it takes LOL.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2020, 12:15:53 PM »

Now I remember seeing that same reel on ebay.  I've bought from the same seller in the past, and have a Shakespeare spinner from them that should arrive tomorrow.

Too bad about the oscillation block.  The only plastic blocks I've encountered have been in Mitchell spinners but haven't found a broken one yet.

Nice reel, sorta takes on characteristics of the front a/r assemblies of the 280 series and the simple oscillation design of most older Heddons.

My heaviest spinner to date has been the Heddon 242--weighs a good quarter pound more than the big DAM Quicks and Mitchells.

Mo, I stole your pic and posted it in the Heddon compilation thread.  https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=29585.0
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2020, 12:41:38 PM »

Now I remember seeing that same reel on ebay. 

   One of these models sold a while back Chester, but it brought a bigger price. I've been watching for another to come along. I wonder how many other brown/gold models there were? I can't seem to find any info for these.

Mo, I'm going to steal your pic eventually and post it in the Heddon compilation thread.  https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=29585.0

   Sure thing buddy...good call.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2020, 01:26:35 PM »

The brown/gold reels were from the mid '70s, and Heddon's last spinning reels. That came after Victor Comptometers Corporation consolidated Daisy and Heddon and three other companies under the Victor Comptometers Corp. Recreation Group. In '77 Heddon was sold to Walter Kidde. There were lots of changes regarding Heddon between '78 & '83 when the7 eventually became part of Pradco.   
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2020, 02:04:09 PM »

Good job on the clean-up, Mo !
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