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The owner of this reel wanted it cleaned up and to that end commissioned me to take care of it. While it is not the filthiest reel I've ever cleaned, it was darn close.

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It was a lot of work ...but such a magnificent reel is well worth the effort. If you know of anyone that has a top-quality reel in need of a good bath and they are afraid to try it themselves, send them my way.

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Very, very nice job!
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Spectacular--well done!!

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Fantastic job, Dean. I didn't know you did this kind of work-or is that play. Gary.

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ReelSmith - That is one impressive reel...and you did an incredible job bringing it back to life. Beautiful!

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Beautiful reel, whats the diameter?

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speytrout wrote:Beautiful reel, whats the diameter?
Thanks everyone !

The reel is 3.75" in diameter (not including the pillars) and has a spool width of 1.75"

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Incredible job of restoring a beautiful reel. Do you know what material the side plates are made of?

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Aransas wrote:Incredible job of restoring a beautiful reel. Do you know what material the side plates are made of?
Thank you. The side plates are hard rubber.

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dean
i seen and was watching that reel , it sure was in bad dirty condition , it really surprised me what it fetched for money in that condition , the owner must be pretty happy now
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Great job Dean looks fantastic, I sure like those reels!

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Dean, ditto what has already been said!

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Dean -

A stunning reel and a great job of bringing it back to its original glory !

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bow river wrote:dean
i seen and was watching that reel , it sure was in bad dirty condition , it really surprised me what it fetched for money in that condition , the owner must be pretty happy now
Thanks guys !

I agree. When the fellow approached me about buying it I was cautious as that much filth can hide issues. Thankfully, other than a few nicks and a couple of screws that need dressing, the reel is issue free. As for the price ...in the past three years we've seen these go for as much as close to $30K. This one, I think, was the least expensive one to sell in a very long time.

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Very nice job, Dean.
It is nice to hear the reel was internally sound.
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Compliments you do great work.

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Isn't it hugely satisfying when it starts to look like it should? (and knowing when to stop)
Lovely reel, great work.

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enigma309 wrote:Isn't it hugely satisfying when it starts to look like it should? (and knowing when to stop)
Lovely reel, great work.
These words are especially gratifying.

Thank you.

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Wonderful restoration Dean! A stunning reel.

Really enjoyed the meticulous before and after pictures!

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reelsmith wrote:
Aransas wrote:Incredible job of restoring a beautiful reel. Do you know what material the side plates are made of?


Thank you. The side plates are hard rubber.

Dean.
It's amazing that hard rubber would hold up so well for that long. It seems like it would have oxidized badly.

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