alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Penn 712, a look inside
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« on: March 05, 2020, 01:50:32 PM »

Here's my first Penn Greenie.  Been looking for a couple of years, and I was either outbid or refused to pay inflated prices.  This isn't really a full blown tutorial, more of a walk through.  This is a nice one.  There is some rash on the non-spring side bail screw and a tad on the spool.  Otherwise, it's in good shape cosmetically.  However it was difficult to turn the handle and it needed serviced badly.


Removing handle by turning clockwise.


After removing the cover plate, it appears maybe it had been serviced in the past with lithium grease.


Removing the crosswind screw.


Removing the other crosswind screw that attaches to the axle.



Removing the axle.


Removing the crosswind arm.


Removing the main gear and crosswind roller.


A look inside the rotor.  The rotor cup nut is 1/2" and uses standard right hand threads.  Feels weird using SAE sockets nowadays.  Smiley



Separating the rotor from the housing.


Removing the bearing retainer and screws.


Removing pinion and bearing.


The bail was working fine, but all parts needed disassembled and cleaned.





The bail release arm and assembly were working ok so I left those intact.


A look at the anti-reverse assembly.  I left this intact also and gave everythng a good WD40 bath and wipedown, plus relubed with Ardent Reel Oil.




These washers were a hard fiber type.  All those were cleaned and reinserted. Not sure if they need lubed? 


The gears were soaked for a couple hours in lacquer thinner.  Everything else got a bath in Simple Green and rinsed.


These are nice reels.  Piece of cake to service, at least for me after being familiar with the similar engineering in the German DAM Quicks and Shakespeare Royal Maroons.  It's doubtful I pursue collecting many of these Penn spinners, they seem a bit heavy for their size and they just were never popular here in Tennessee.  Every now and then you'll see some of the more modern Penn spinners in the gold and black at dam tailwaters where anglers are fishing for stripers. (Slammer, Clash, Battle, etc.)




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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 02:43:40 PM »

   That's a real nice greenie Chester. You can get carbon fiber drags from Mystic if the drag is sticky. If she's bound for the shelf that really doesn't matter I guess. I don't have a green one, but I have a real clean Z model. It's one of the very few reels I own that I've never opened. Cool


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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 03:33:17 PM »

You got a pretty nice one there, Chester! That little bit of corrosion is a shame, but heck, it's over 50 years old!   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 04:08:08 PM »

You got a pretty nice one there, Chester! That little bit of corrosion is a shame, but heck, it's over 50 years old!   Smiley
50 years old, yes.  I found this Penn ad for the 712 in a Field & Stream ad from May 1971.  Very interesting time period.  I'd just turned 18 yrs old and graduated high school.  The legal drinking age for all alcoholic beverages was dropped from 21 to 18 here in Tennessee.  So was voting age, and daylight savings time was established.


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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 07:45:36 PM »

That's a very nice 712 --one of my favorite spinning reels. Loaded with original smoke Fireline it's a striper fighting machine!
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