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308 project
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Author:  don309 [ Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:45 am ]
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Just picked up another ($20.00) 308 to save, for the kids. Thinking this one will also be repainted. Sorry about the photo it's the seller photo.

Author:  GreatLaker [ Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:59 pm ]
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A good project for the fall and winter I bet. Have you already gone over your user reels and gotten them cleaned and greased for next year already? We are still fishing here in Michigan for many species.

Just curious, but I was wondering why you chose the 308 model instead of some other model for this project? Is it because you are planning to have the 308 model matched with a light weight rod for trout?

I was also wondering what will be your process with the 308? Do you start with disassembly, cleaning, or what? Just wondering how you do it. :sCo_hmmthink:

Kind Regards,
Bill :tup

Author:  CDSAND7640 [ Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:40 pm ]
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Looks like fun Don...let me know if you need a part or two, I may be able to help.


Author:  don309 [ Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:28 pm ]
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No I'm still trout fishing a few days a week. I like to clean my reels in the winter, helps with cabin fever. Though I do have several models of Mitchell reels these days. For 5-6 years now I have mainly looked for 204 & 308 reels. Two years ago I started building rods. I have a couple friends from a rod building forum, that send me broken rod blanks. Also one friend that goes to the Expo, the last day I get him to buy blanks at $1.00 a foot for me. Over the winter I build UL rods, and clean up, restore reels. I go two 2 trout rodeos, find young anglers that look serious about fishing. And give them a trout rig, along with the story of the reel their fishing. I always get a laugh seeing a kids face, when I tell them the reel is probably older than dad. Some dad's remember fishing or their dad's fishing a Mitchell.
I disassemble the reels. Than I take a bench grinder with a wire wheel to remove the paint. I painted a few with dupli-color car paint, clear coat and baked the paint to cure. The last one I painted with Krylon fusion all-in-one, and used Max 2k clear glamour. That one appears to be a hard finish. It was for my daughter, so I'll be able to see how it holds up.
Thanks for the offer, I'll keep you in mind.
Here's a few pictures of my daughter's 308.

Author:  CDSAND7640 [ Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:02 am ]
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Don, good strategy...I bought my girls pink tackle boxes...she’ll probably give that reel to her daughter...the Mitchell legend doesn’t get much better than that.


Author:  don309 [ Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:45 am ]
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I have 2 adult children, boy and a girl. My son has nothing to do with the outdoors. Meanwhile my daughter will jump at the opportunity to fish/camp. So she will get all my stuff/she want to build her own rod this winter. Here's her saltwater flounder rig. I know it has a Penn 4400ss reel. Truth is she does start the day with a restored 406 Mitchell. I think you saw this restore from start to finish. But she says it get to heavy. We travel 1 1/2 hours to our spot, and usually fish about 10-12 hours., so I do understand. But she has always liked the comments she get, is that a Mitchell, where did you get that Mitchell, I heard your reel and knew it was a Mitchell. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Author:  Bonaventure [ Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:28 pm ]
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How’s the 308 coming along Don?

Glen in NovaScotia

Author:  don309 [ Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:58 pm ]
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Glen when the reel arrived the paint wasn't as bad as it looked. I did make my great niece, a purple rod. I think I'm going to paint it purple. Like the one I made for my daughter. But that project will have to wait till spring now. I live in an apartment, and have to do it outside. The reel does operate very well.

Author:  CDSAND7640 [ Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:37 pm ]
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Don, do you rebuild 300 reels for the kids too? If so, I have a complete early eighties 300 I would send you. Just needs cleaning...and some paint if you want...


Author:  don309 [ Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:07 am ]
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Sandman, Thank you so much for the offer. No I build mostly 4 1/2' to 5' rods, and a 300 just seems, heavy. I have about 5 or 6 300's I'll work on over the winter, after my users. May be using them soon as 204 & 308's are getting harder to find at a real good price. I get 2-3 a year from a flea market vendor, that treats me very good. Before I knew him, I was at his table, and a father & son were looking at his stuff also. The son says to his dad, there's the man that gave me my rod and reel. Lou (the vendor) heard him, we got to talking told him my story. So for 2 years I've been getting some from him, at bottom dollar. The 308 here was from him, when he gets a not so nice reel. He laughs and says here's a project for you, I enjoy it!
My daughter gave me a box of reels from someone she works with, In it were a few 300's, that need parts. I don't pay much attention to dating and such. I have one I'm going to post, to see just what I have. Wow this just got long winded :sHa_yes: .
Happy Holiday's!

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