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An oldtimer fishing buddy of mine recently gave me three Mitchell Garcia spinning reels (two 306's and a 300)that are in need of some work. All three need the bail mechanisms to be replaced and I can only assume some or all of the bearings will need to be replaced. I know the reels are no longer made but I was surprised to hear that it was practically impossible to get parts for them.

First, are the reels worth the effort of re-building them? If so, does anyone know where I can get parts for them? They seem like a nice project to get through the winter blues.

Any info would be appreciated.

A happy and healthy new year to all!

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I think they're worth repairing. I say that as one who has Mitchell 406, 402, 302and 300 reels and has fished with them since the 70s...yes parts can be a problem but I'd suggest the folks at BassPro (they have a repair division) or click over at www.mikesreelrepair.com
These'll give you a place to start...

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Jerry,

Thanks for the info. I think I'll give it a shot. Do you know where I can get exploded view drawings of the reels? I'm sure I'll have more questions once I get into it.

Thanks again,

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Actually---the 300 is nowhere near as simple inside as the Penn 704 or 710. The later model Mitchell 386/486 and 388/488 reels were masterpieces of simplicity, but as I recall, both the 300 and 302 had a planetary gear drive that was a little tricky to work on. Never had a 306 apart, so I can't speak as to that one.

The drags on those things are spring-loaded and a little hairy to work on, too. Most of them had a schematic of the drag washers and springs, and their proper order, on a decal on the bottom of the spool.

They are worth rebuilding IMO if it can be done at a reasonable cost.
 
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