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« on: December 30, 2013, 06:46:44 PM »

Well decided to brake down my 302 today to do a much needed service on it. Pics will be posted soon. There was some corrosion buildup on the lip of the spool and on the reel arm, so i soaked them as i was doing the cleaning, then touched them up with a wire brush.
As i removed the drag stack i realized that the last Guy that serviced it had put the drags in out of sequence which i believe is the reason that the drag seemed to skip. Then as i removed the spool i noticed that the bell housing was full of sand and grime. The grease inside the body of the reel was a mixture of blue and brown grease.
After full disassembly i cleaned all the parts and gave them a decent buffing. Put some TSI 321 on the bearing which was in great shape. And fully greased down the body with Penn blue grease. I also sprayed down the inside and outside with Corrosion X HD.
After all said and done she is back together and work smoother than before. All that i have left to do to it now is install a CF drag stack, and get a power handle knob for it to help out when fighting big Cobia (Ling / Lemon Fish) this spring.


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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 06:47:49 PM »

and so it begins.....   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 12:15:48 PM »

And more pics from Chris


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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 05:00:56 PM »

Chris,

I have tons of parts for the 302/402 reels. A bunch of reel bodies, rotors, side plates, and bearings. The drag washers you need are Penn's 6-155's.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 05:18:28 PM »

Do you have any of the 6-155's at the house. Also would you be willing to sell that box of 302/402 frames and parts.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 07:00:40 PM »

Very nice Chris!...
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 10:56:05 AM »

Good Job Chris! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 11:22:40 AM »

Thanks guys. All in all it was very simple. The only 2 issues i ran into were;
1. The spindle for the spool was locked down. Took about 10 minutes to finally brake it loose. And
2. It took a good minute to finally see the C-clamps that were holding the oscillator slide to the axel. Once i found them every thing just fell together.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 08:00:52 PM »

Doing the same to one I I found.  Just sent Handi2 and email with a parts request. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2014, 08:50:16 AM »

 I just read your email and will pull the parts today. Do you need the metal and HT-100 drag washers?
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2014, 09:21:36 AM »

Strong work Chris!

That's all there is to it. Alan and the other pros have taught us the basics, now we just have to dive in and do it! Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2015, 09:01:30 AM »

Gentlemen-may I post a request regarding a 303 I recently scored on the Bay...? My first Mitch and they are interesting! The reel was packed with varios goo posing as lube(actually was grease of at least 2, maybe 3 extractions). After disassembly and cleaning, I discovered a tiny key?? in the mess. A check on the Mitchell site(Soo very useful), places the key on the pinion in a hole( I think). True or not? Somewhere else? Also no friction washers were found in the drag, just an extra metal unkeyed one. So-- how many friction washers are used? On breakdowns I've seen it appears there may be as few as one!! Got a sheet of CF and can make some( 1mm) but need some input. Those schems are hard to read on the Mitchell site. Love this forum-- thanks Alan!! WC Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2015, 09:31:53 AM »

After disassembly and cleaning, I discovered a tiny key?? in the mess. A check on the Mitchell site(Soo very useful), places the key on the pinion in a hole( I think). True or not?

Kozmo, you are exactly correct! That nearly-invisible key (part #81404, which has caused generations of Mitchell fans to tear their hair out) goes into the hole on the pinion gear (part 81404)... oriented lengthwise. Without it, the rotating head will not turn.

Good luck! It's a great reel, if a total headache to re-assemble.  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2015, 09:37:46 AM »

Many thanks beautiful lady!! Have read many of your fine posts and consider your guy extremely fortunate with impeccably good taste! Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2015, 09:43:25 AM »

Many thanks beautiful lady!! Have read many of your fine posts and consider your guy extremely fortunate with impeccably good taste! Cheesy Cheesy

You're most welcome, Kozmo. BTW, my guy is actually a gal... and I'm the fortunate one!  Grin

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