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Don Champion
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Sometime back I bought a Congress 4 screw Kentucky style reel in terrible condition. It suffered from electrolysis and corrosion and was so bad it would not move, nor would any of the screws loosen.
So I soaked it for a week in Kroil, and after about 5 days I had some screws start to loosen although I could not get it apart until after the full week of soaking. I then cleaned the reel and ran a tap through all the threaded holes. Thanks to a donor parts reel from Jim Garrett and Skip Brooks I replaced the handle, one oil cap, and a screw. The post the drive gear runs on was too rusted & pitted to use so I had to make another. I made it from some very tough steel. These post are on a taper and the taper has to be exact or the gear will wobble. I also made it .001" under size to keep the gear from jamming. It has a 2-56 hole tapped in the end which I thought I would never get tapped in that steel. This keeps the end movement to about .002" since the centrifugal force of the helical gears try to force the gears apart. I had to save the reel since it may be the last remaining example stamped Congress. These reels are very hard to find.

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Wow, way to go Don. That is the only marking I've seen on that Montague reel. You had to save it and you did.

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Incredible job, Don! You are still the master! It gives me faith that a Talbot Meteor I have had cooking in Kroil for a week may finally give up and let me in! Just gotta love nickel silver! Thanks for posting!
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Amazing save Don!
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Awesome job, Don!
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Great Job Don ! Beautiful little reel. Doug

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Don, for a second I thought you meant Congress, not the reel. :jump: Too good to be true, apparently.

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Great job Don! I wouldn't have thought it possible, and would have used it in the "Ugly Reel Toss." Dave

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Well done, Don! :cool
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Don, I’m not one to nitpick, but in the first set of pictures I only count 3 screws? Just yanking your chain. Beautiful work! Congratulations.
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Beautiful work Don!!!

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It is hard to hide skill and talent. Great job, Don!
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Thanks for all the kind comments guys! Hang in there John. I know you can do it. I'll mention this once Steve as I don't want to get into politics here. I think they all want power, perks, the party and more money. They forget why they are there except in their campaign speeches.

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Great rescue, Don. That beautiful reel deserved a second go-around.

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Nice work, Don! I admire your dedication.
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