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Mitchell 320 spring problems
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Author:  ljermontov [ Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Mitchell 320 spring problems

Thanks to the great seller on ebay I resolved my troubles with my 300A,which I gave as birthday present to my boy.
An old fisherman saw us fishing and after half an hour he gave me a Mitchell 320 for my boy,because as per his words : it is more suitable for him.
It was left in a cellar for 30 + years,it was dirty,squeaking ,I had trobles cleaning it,and all what was working properly was the bail.
I took it apart gave it good clean and Penn grease,
everything was like new again and working,but I couldnt get the bail spring in.
It deformed during my unsuccesfull attempts,because whenever I try to put it in,part of it comes out.
There are two slots for the flat end(the pointing end goes into hole in bail), in which one do I put it,how do I put it,and how do I reshape it?
Thank You.

Author:  ffwayne [ Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 320 spring problems

Boy does that look familiar :sAng_scream: I had a similar problem with a 324, and 3 hours later. :sCh_fisherman: If you search the service talk for the word headache I think you will find your answer. With the spool end up, try the 2 o'clock position. I found it easier to put the bail spring and bail on the head prior to putting the head on the housing. This would be a good time to have the boy help, never too early to learn repair. It really feels like you need 3 hands. And it all felt backwards. Enjoy, hope I helped.

Author:  don309 [ Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 320 spring problems

I'll just add I also find it easier to not attach the non spring side of the bail wire, till after the spring is in.

Author:  ljermontov [ Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 320 spring problems

Thnx guys,You helped a lot :clap :sSig_thankyou:

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