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 Post subject: A Rescue CAP
PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:41 pm • #  
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Hello Mates!

Figured I'd get a conversation started in the Museum.

As many of you know, I'm not a big proponent of altering Mitchell reels and especially my beloved "round bodies". However, several months ago I purchased a box of CAP/304 parts which included a few bodies, rotors and faceplates. When I received the parts it was obvious that someone had repainted several of the bodies, rotors and faceplates :nono . Well, I gave them an acetone bath and when done, there wasn't a spec of paint on them and they were in pretty good condition. I picked out the best pieces, got together all of the other parts (all NOS) and decided to rescue an old CAP.

After over 40 hours of sanding, buffing and polishing, I put everything together.
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It has a mirror finish all over and operates like new - which it is. I added the wood knob to the handle because I thought it looked nice. I love the way it looks and it really stands out on the display. Much better than throwing it away and it passed some idle hours in the middle of the winter :sHa_biggrin: .

Regards,
Chris


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 Post subject: Re: A Rescue CAP
PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:51 pm • #  
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Incredible really.

The back of the housing must have been murder...some of those early CAPs had rather rough sides on both the rotor and housing!!


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Chris,
I've seen a couple of the polished Mitchells before, but never one as nice as that one. Beautiful.
Now, you've got me thinking about doing something like that.
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Ted Lanham


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:01 pm • #  
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Chris, very cool looking reel...one of the best features is that you can use it without scratching the paint :sHa_biggrin:

Is that wood knob an original CAP or Mitchell? Or do you turn those yourself? Can't quite tell from the photos...

Sandman


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:27 pm • #  
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Thanks for the kind compliments Mates.
This reel was a labor of love but I'm in no hurry to make another one :sHa_okay: .
Smead, you're right - there's a LOT of "elbow grease" in this reel. The darker area around the "Made in France" in the photo is shadow - everything is polished.
Sandman, the wood knob was turned out by an old friend and former Mitchell collector. It's identical to the original Mitchell knobs with the exception of years of wear. Because the reel wasn't original and the knob isn't original, I thought it was a good match.

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Chris


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 Post subject: Re: A Rescue CAP
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:09 am • #  
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Hello Chris,
Very beautiful CAP, nice work.
I attach a photo that is the background image of my computer.
Best regards,
Christian
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Hello Christian,

Another amazing display :clap !! Thank you for sharing those beautiful 1,2 & 3 Version Mitchells. I'm particularly curious about the display stand for your 1st Version. I have never seen a stand like that one; it's obviously very early Mitchell. Do you have any history/background for that display stand? The framed advertising in the background is also very special.

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Chris


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Hello Chris,
The display is not a Mitchell product but a promotional paper-weight for a manufacturer of bronze boat propellers.
I removed the decal and engraved the name Mitchell at this location, drilled on top and inserted a rod.
Advertising is part of an incomplete set that I have and so I put this part in a frame.
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Christian


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Hello Christian,

Brilliant work with that display stand - a very unique and attractive piece :tup .

Kind Regards,
Chris


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I am a brand new rookie to all of this but I have to say, that is beautiful! I have the same reel and its beat up, would love to make it look like this. Im not sure I have the patience and discipline it's gonna take to come up with a reel as nice as your's is. The thing is gorgeous!


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Chris, :sSig_youtheman: 8) 8) 8) also, Christian! Randy


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Here is a picture of the famous 20,000,000th Mitchell back in 1971.

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Thanks for the compliments Randy and PVAyakangler!

Rook, I'd almost consider trading my polished CAP for that 20,000,000 commemorative Mitchell :sFun_rofl:

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Chris


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