alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Cardinal 7: Spanking New?
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« on: September 25, 2021, 10:02:00 PM »

Recently picked up a Cardinal 7 on ebay. It was well-used but in VG functioning condition. Cosmetically not bad, but not great either. AOK, it will be put back to work fishing.

While the reel was still in the mail, I found another one in an antique store. It had line on it but shows no signs of use. It looks essentially new outside and in, with one layer of translucent brown grease. I may have been the first to put a screwdriver to it.


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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2021, 10:34:58 PM »

Nice! An antique store, great find!
Try notín put too much line-wind-pressure on the plastic spool(it is plastic, right?). Also the oscillating arm attachment to the spool shaft is non-metal(nylon?) and can break/crack under conditions of some kinda high stressódonít know exactly how.
I have a nice 6 I traded for, from Hardyboy(Todd), and it has those same parts, so far, so good. Lately Iíve been dropping 2oz., 50 - 200 ft. down, but havenít pulled-up more than about 3 lbs. of fish.
Really love the design features on these, especially the nice tight tolerances, like the side-plate fit.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2021, 10:43:29 PM »

The 6ís & 7ís have metal spools, Greg ó

The 3ís & 4ís are plastic ó unless after-market upgraded aluminum spools.

That is a great looking, unused ď7Ē, Paul.

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2021, 11:47:26 PM »

Definitely has the Bling!  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2021, 03:01:47 AM »

You did good, Paul! Nice reels! Those nylon blocks on the oscillation arm/connecting link can become brittle with age, especially if someone use crappy oil like WD 40. You can find replacements but they're kind of expensive. One guy used to make aluminum replacement blocks. Haven't seen any listef for awhile. There is also an aftermarket oscillation arm/connecting link with a metal block already attached. I haven't seen any of those around lately, either, or I would have snatched them up.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 02:32:13 AM »

Iíll be watching those nylon oscillation blocks. Hey, Greg, have you noticed any gear binding in your 6 when reeling up 2oz of weight and a 3lb fish? Can it winch or must you pump? Curious.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2021, 05:16:06 AM »

Mostly winch. No binding. Itís my Sabikióbait catching rig.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2021, 01:12:13 PM »

Ok. Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2021, 01:50:27 AM »

The metal replacement oscillation blocks are available from eBay thru a UK seller: spike-nigel
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