alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Vintage Daiwa 955. Cannot find any information online.
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« on: May 12, 2020, 12:26:15 PM »

I got one like new reel Daiwa 955. Cannot find any information online.
looks vintage from 70s.
has anyone experience with this model.

Thank you
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2020, 06:53:44 PM »

No experience with it but it was an early Daiwa example. Daiwa started manufacturing spinning reels in 1955. The 955 was from 1958ish. It came in a couple of colors, dark brown and a gunmetal dark blue. You have to see the gunmetal dark blue to visualize it, it's kind of in between the names.

Here's an example of the gunmetal dark blue in the 730 model. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2020, 05:25:25 AM »

Good Day,

Thank you.
I feel more and more that Daiwa had a better technology and design compare to Penn reels.
many old Daiwa reels feel more solid and stronger body build.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2020, 05:47:41 AM »

   I don't know anything about it either...but it looks like a nice reel. I'd like to see the insides. From that time frame there may be brass or steel under the hood. Cool
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2020, 06:52:35 AM »

I remember in the 70's Daiwa making a play for the medium salt water market with a campaign using Charlie Tilton a long time Cuttyhunk striper guide as the poster boy in a series of Salt Water Sportsman ads.  He was a WW1 vet, native islander, and salty as they come. I do remember that privately he did like the D's and fished them even when the factory guys and photogs were absent.  He was also extremely fond of the checks and being comped the gear.  Kencor, imported from Japan as well for a short time, making some inroads  with their "940 Drum" reel, about the same size as a 113H at a better price point, that the guides, always tight with a buck liked.  Penn held out in the end, the Kencor's were good enough, the Penn's better, the Daiwa's at least as good as the Penns however the guys were already invested in the Philadelphia product with the parts bins to keep em going and were reluctant to switch to a different pretty much equal reel.  These were pre Lexus days, and still the bias was strong, viewing Japanese products as generally inferior.
Handsome old spinner, is it broken or just looking for info?
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2020, 05:48:28 PM »

I waiting until weekends.  Grin
will open to see inside and add some reels oil.
I`m planing to take some photos.
new experience
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2020, 06:15:01 PM »

That’s a beautiful vintage reel. Probably strong and could last a lifetime.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 07:35:09 AM »

Good Day,
I finally was able to open reel.  Grin
and unfortunately it is broken inside.
I dont know what the part name.
Im asking assistance from gurus.

Thank you


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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 08:39:31 AM »

It's a little tough to tell for sure with all the grease and the thick blue circle but it appears to be the crosswind block. If so, is it pot metal or plastic? Maybe you could clean the grease off, take another photo and not circle it?
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