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Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:28 pm 
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A friend was kind enough to honor me with this little beauty...for some reason, the reel just wouldn't crank, although it looked fine on the outside. Amazingly enough, this poor Shakes is cleaning up pretty nicely. Main thing that probably needs replaced is the adjustable clicker, which has suffered the most from rust.


Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:24 am 
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Hey John if anyone can do it it's you. We've all seen your work but looking forward to seeing it completed. Tight Lines Nick in NY


Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:34 am 
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Well, thanks for the vote of confidence, Nick! this it the first cleanup prior to polishing. Obviously, the steel gears have taken a hit but will clean further and probably work okay. the clicker pointer is also freed and would probably work, but I may try to either fabricate a replacement or find a better original part for this less-than ideal Ideal. The spring will also need replaced.

Maybe this is like trying to retrieve a dropped peanut, but it's still rewarding to bring reels like this back from the brink.





Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:04 am 
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Great recovery so far, John!

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Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:01 pm 
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You certainly do have patience and magical fingers, Mr. Elder!


Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:37 pm 
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I'm sure it will look pristine in no time, as usual. I hope to have half of your skills when I grow up! In the meantime, I found a few similarly neglected orphans to practice on. Keep us posted on the progress!


Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:51 pm 
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I have the parts you need. Refresh me on where to send them.


Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:40 pm 
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thanks to a little Help from my Friends (Thanks, Len!),.....IT'S ALIVE!....IT'S ALIVE!!




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