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 Post subject: It finally happened...
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:02 am • #  
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I cleaned and greased two Mitchell 300s yesterday and NOT one screw was mangled up on those old reels. They were perfect! What's the chances?

But, it's not because they were given tender loving care over the years rather it was because they had never been serviced in the 60 plus years since they left the factory. :sHa_biggrin:

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:47 am • #  
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I've been thinking some about the Cover Plate Screws and other Screws on the Mitchell Reels in recent times since many of my old ones, and some new acquisitions were all recently cleaned, serviced and re-lubed.

And yeah, I've slightly buggered a couple as they were pretty tight, and a seeming inability to find the best methods and screwdriver tips to fit some of them.

Such didn't bother me the many years ago so much, but it does bother me now, largely due to the fact I'm more concerned about doing clean work, and that these screws are becoming harder and harder to find. Back in the day, it wasn't a problem to get the needed parts.

Usually, a slightly buggered screw didn't offend me too much when I was young, would carry on, say "oh well", and commonly the only time where some action of repair would have to be taken was when the buggered screw head interfered with the Anti-Reverse Lever, then either a small fine file would have to be implemented to smooth the screw head, or swap that particular screw to another location on the faceplate.

I know many of these screws you would swear have been Locktited at some point in the past, and this is no doubt due to corrosion and the combination of dissimilar metals used.

I know from a little bit of Gunsmith experiences, that Locktited Screws can often be effectively coaxed with the aid of a Soldering Iron, to hold the tip of a Hot Soldering Iron to the Heads of the Screws for 20-30 seconds to break-loosen the bond, then attempt removal. Not sure how this would work with the Mitchell Reels though, and seized screws?

I have read mention on auction sites that some of these screws were Brass? I'm not entirely sure if all Cover Plate Screws for all the Reels, and other Screws on board were entirely made of Brass? I would think in some applications, Brass might prove to be just too soft a metal.

Thus, I have thought at some future point to perhaps again go through every Mitchell Reel I own, to very carefully again remove screws here and there, and to apply a Anti-Sieze Compound to them, then re-install?

I would assume such would surely not hurt, and be an aid to future servicing without running into seizing problems?

Hope you haven't minded my thoughts and ideas?

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