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Author:  Moses1986 [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Mitchell 300 with Stripped Screw issue

So I picked up a nice Mitchell 300 to pair with a rod I have, and one of the Bail Arm screw holes appear to be stripped. I did try screwing in from the other side and it does have some meat, but for the life of me I can't get the new Bail arm screw I have to grab:(

Any ideas how to proceed?

Author:  Moses1986 [ Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 300 with Stripped Screw issue

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Author:  GreatLaker [ Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 300 with Stripped Screw issue

Moses1986,
First thank you for posting the photos they are helpful but this is not a simple fix in my opinion. :sFun_bricks:
There are several ways you could proceed but it would be pretty hard for me to say which way would be best for you. I will suggest some ideas and hopefully one might help you.
First
Check and make sure you have the correct bail and bail screw #2.
Check and make sure the bail is not bent, twisted and that the end where the problem screw goes through the bail, aligns flat with the raised portion of the rotating head.
Make sure the screw has good threads and that it has not been altered in any way-like having been ground down to shorten it.
See if you can tell whether the screw hole has damaged threads inside, badly damaged threads in aluminum can be hard to fix because it is a soft metal.
Make sure screw hole is clean and free of dirt or debris.
Then
If everything checks out and the threads are simply stripped for whatever reason then:
You could buy a new rotating head from eBay.
You could try and repair the stripped threads if you can find a satisfactory way to do it.
You could try and find an alternate screw (longer) that would work to your satisfaction.
If you don't like any of my other suggestions you could try and cement the stripped screw in place and see if that would hold.
That's the best I can come up with, hope you find a solution.
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup

Author:  Moses1986 [ Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 300 with Stripped Screw issue

Please forgive me, I just took a closer look at that the bail hole and there was threads. I'm a younger guy but wasn't gifted with the best eyesight in the world:P I took the bail screw from my 50's Mitchell 300 and it went right in with no issues.

The Bail arm now works perfectly, I thought the repair kit I got was universal and did not realize that the screws on Mitchell 300's were different. The other screws in my repair kit fit in the appropriate places just fine, with the exception of the 2nd bail screw. I have since ordered the correct screw and will install it so I can put the old one back on my 50's reel:)

Thank you for your response it was very helpful!!

Author:  Oscillator1 [ Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mitchell 300 with Stripped Screw issue

Hello Moses1986, As far as repairing a deformed thread on a Mitchell reel ,Im sure you know that all the screws are metric on the reels. If buy chance you would like a metric tap and die set for the metric screws, there is a site that sells reasonably priced sets for watch and clock repairs, its Esslinger .com , maybe you can find what you need there. Regards , John in Pa. :sCh_fisherman:

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