Vintage bait finnese reel

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  1. Roncador

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    Got bored and decided I'd build a vintage bfs setup to mess around with. Found an old 1985 bantam 10xsg for $25 on ebay that didn't look too crusty and scooped it up. Went on hedgehog studio Japan and found a avail bfs spool that fit it. With a little bit of cleaning and scrubbing it was like a whole new reel. Replaced the the old brass bushings with abec 7 hybrid ceramic spool bearings and the old dartanium drag washers with some fresh carbontex washers. Of course the old solid graphite spool was replaced with the new hollow avail spool. Spooled it up with 4lb izor mono and tested it out today with great results. Casts pretty well down to 1/16th of an oz.
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    Love those old Bantam reels. I've got a couple that my dad has had forever that still get some use every now and then.

    Very cool post!
     
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    They are some pretty awesome little reels. They just never wanna die. Can't say the same about the new Shimano's. My tranx 200's gears are already a little grindy after only a few years. All my bantams are still buttery smooth.
     
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    Love to see these upgrade of old reel post... It looks like a really fun little setup....
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    Definitely fun to tinker around with. I thought about doing it to my bantam 100 for the longest time before I got this thing. Allot easier to super tune these older reels as well. All the new ones it's like working on a watch with so many parts.
     
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    I have 2 Bantam reels, they still work. I keep them as backups and occasionally use them just for nostalgia.
     
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