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« on: November 21, 2021, 07:30:00 PM »

Attended Church this morning early at 7:00.

Light breakfast — started working on finishing up restoring and servicing (9) reels for a client back East.

He sent me 24 DQ’s a year ago — which I completed full restores on for him.

Then he sent me (9) more for the same — 2 DQ 110’s, a Finessa 285, 4 Cardinal 3’s, and a couple of Shakes 2052’s.

All (33) reels were eBay or yard sale specials.  And all will be ready to go another few decades of catching fish.

DQ’s got full restores including paint — the Shakes & Cardinals will get full disassembles, cleaning, removing crud and rust, replacement of any key worn or cosmetic parts — but no painting.  Might get the last (6) done before dinner tonight.  We will see.  Depends if there are any issues that end up being a slow-down.

Spud is watching me carefully to make sure no parts are left over.

Got some good Starbucks Italian Roast, Emmy Lou, John Prine, and The Boss on the tunes — and some pleasurable work for the rest of the day.

Best, Fred


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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2021, 01:43:11 AM »

This was the roughest and dirtiest of the (4) Cardinal 3’s —

All of the white nylon parts were black with years of grime & crud.  All of the metal parts seemed close to ruin.

Even the two bail springs were black with crud and grease.

Amazing what lacquer thinner, HD Dawn dish soap, and an Ultrasonic Cleaner will do.

I’ll install new drags, a new drag knob, a new spool, service, reassemble, tune, and fine tune all functions — and it should be back in the batting order.

Interesting thing — completed the ‘68 Shakes 2052 & the ‘69 2062.

While the 2062 is not as small as the 2052 — the 2062 is a much better built reel — although similar in appearance.  Metal spool compared to plastic, larger drags, stronger parts inside and stronger metals.

The 2062 is like a Penn 714 — the 2052 is more like a 716.

Both very decent reels though with solid components and worm drives.

Best, Fred


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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2021, 01:59:30 AM »

hi  fred,  great work on great reels, you do a fantastic servicing on the reels, great.   sometimes it's like therapy . take care my friend.   harryk
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2021, 02:30:48 AM »

Beautiful work.  Those Shakespeares deserved to be in your care.  Love that red color and strong build of reels.

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2021, 03:58:40 AM »

Well done, Maestro! An USC probably really helps getting the crud off those nylon parts. I don't have one so I just use lacquer thinner, a Q-tip and that little wire valve brush to get rid of that stuff. That process works pretty good, though.



At least that 2052 has the metal metal bushing on the main shaft & not the later plastic one. Shakespeare never had a metal spool for the 2052. I guess they figured that the plastic spool was good enough considering its intended use. I think it must have been a good formula because I've never seen or heard of one breaking, like some of the other reel makers' plastic spools.   
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2021, 05:49:09 PM »

incredible work!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2021, 10:43:16 PM »

An USC probably really helps getting the crud off those nylon parts. I don't have one so I just use lacquer thinner, a Q-tip and that little wire valve brush to get rid of that stuff. That process works pretty good, though.

An Ultrasonic cleaner is not necessary on these reels — the same result can easily be accomplished without a US cleaner.  It just takes extra time and effort to let things soak away overnight.  Although I think that the US cleaner gets into every little hidden nook & cranny — and a decent US cleaner is not very expensive.

For speed and efficiency — I can do 4 times the reels in the same amount of time — with much less effort.

Used to overnight soak the reels in HD Dawn, Simple Green, Purple Degreaser, and Lacquer Thinner — depending on the make up and finish of the part — but after going to a US cleaner over 20 years ago — I would never go back.

Best, Fred
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2021, 05:47:08 AM »

Nice "clean" work as always.

Cheers:

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2021, 01:45:26 PM »

Fred,
   I'm not a spinning reel kinda guy, but man, I sure can appreciate your thoroughness and diligence.
Beautiful job, pal
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2021, 03:05:27 PM »

Well done, Maestro! An USC probably really helps getting the crud off those nylon parts. I don't have one so I just use lacquer thinner, a Q-tip and that little wire valve brush to get rid of that stuff. That process works pretty good, though.



At least that 2052 has the metal metal bushing on the main shaft & not the later plastic one. Shakespeare never had a metal spool for the 2052. I guess they figured that the plastic spool was good enough considering its intended use. I think it must have been a good formula because I've never seen or heard of one breaking, like some of the other reel makers' plastic spools.   

The wire valve brush. Can these be found at an auto-parts store, such as Napa?
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2021, 06:24:39 PM »

Probably, IDK, but I got mine at the junk tool store, Harbor Freight. I just happened to walk by it and saw it on a rack.. It looked interesting & usable so I bought it. It wasn't cheap and I was surprised at the quality. It has 5 or six diameters of brushes in nylon, brass & stainless steel and a snap in handle. I use it on every reel I service with one of those brushes, sometimes multiples.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2021, 11:23:24 PM »

Fred, for a "laid back" lifestyle living in the country, you sure get a lot of work done. You are a inspiration.

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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2021, 11:45:54 PM »

for me the reel cleanup is more like therapy, than work ;-)
doing that many in a day does start to look like work though.. nice work..

the 2062 is a terrific reel, I rate it higher than the Orvis 100 or even a DQ 220. Never fished mine yet, it's too big for the little CO fish I catch.. maybe will try to take it pike fishing next year.
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2021, 01:29:13 AM »

Good cup of coffee with Emmy Lou, John Prine, and a disassembled reel in hand… sounds like a slice of heaven.

-Jason
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