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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:54 am • #  
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I realized, late, that this handle doesn't belong on this pre-300 Mitchell. Would this be the correct handle for a 1974 - S/N D306311 Mitchell 300?

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J.


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It looks correct to me.

G. Glen Simpson
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Hi. jr.evansii, I believe it's supposed to have a spring loaded handle on it, John in Pa. :sCh_fisherman:


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Hi J,

I agree with Glen, yes, it would be correct for a 1974 Mitchell 300. For that reel, you're looking for a spring loaded handle with a rounded top counterweight and a smooth (vice textured) handle knob.

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Thanks for the confirmation, gentlemen.

I bought this and the 1974 reel together. This reel had one of the 1980's(?) handles with the black plastic lock nut. I knew that wasn't right. Without taking time to think about it, I just switched the handles from one to the other.

This reel is already a mess, with a replaced (and wrong) stem/foot. It's kind of a shame. This is the earliest that I have, but I'm not sure I want to put the effort and $$ into overhauling/rebuilding this one. I will probably put this handle back on the 1974 and the 1980's handle back on this one. Then I'll fish the heck out of it and shelve another 300 or two that I have been using.

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J.


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Hi J,

Definitely a "User" :tup . That's one of those reels you can throw in the back of a truck and head to the lake or strap to the side of a 4 wheeler and head to the river. That reel is like an "old Soldier" - lived a hard life, will never let you down and you can't hurt its feelings.

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Definitely a user I agree. Looks like the stem has been welded back on as well. Randy


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Randy,

That's what I meant when I said "This reel is already a mess, with a replaced (and wrong) stem/foot."

See more at http://www.mitchellreelmuseum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=6234&sid=de1a9fb705f37ff37446c32483a1295c

The foot still seems wrong to me. It measures 5 x 9.5 mm on the stem below the foot. All of my other 300 series measure 7 x 11.5 mm (plus or minus 0.25 mm.) So, about 50% thicker and 25% wider. The stem is shorter than others, but that could have been cut off to remove damage. The foot itself measures 15.5 x 60 mm as opposed to 16.5 x 69 mm on my others. Also, there are ridges near the front and back of the foot that I haven't seen before on a Mitchell.

J.


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