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    Believe me, you won't be able to hold a candle to the racket those old penns make.....They sound like....well, it's actually hard to describe other than the noise of something mechanical coming apart at the seams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divedeep View Post
    Believe me, you won't be able to hold a candle to the racket those old penns make.....They sound like....well, it's actually hard to describe other than the noise of something mechanical coming apart at the seams.
    I own a Mitchell 302, Penn 704, and Penn 706. Used to hate the constant click, but now I realize there is just something magical about those old reels, especially the scream the roller makes echoing through the rotor cup on the 706. I have fallen in love more with the older reels I have aquired over the past year than the new ones. Really shows just how well built some if those old reels are. Took me finally owning some of my own to realize it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockinchef88 View Post
    I own a Mitchell 302, Penn 704, and Penn 706. Used to hate the constant click, but now I realize there is just something magical about those old reels, especially the scream the roller makes echoing through the rotor cup on the 706. I have fallen in love more with the older reels I have aquired over the past year than the new ones. Really shows just how well built some if those old reels are. Took me finally owning some of my own to realize it.
    Well in that case I'll spool it up. I may end up buying a combo and another rod just for my 302. A man can't have too many rods right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowroy View Post
    Well in that case I'll spool it up. I may end up buying a combo and another rod just for my 302. A man can't have too many rods right?
    Just when I say I am done, I end up buying another.
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    Where did you find parts to replace the drag parts? I was going to sell my 303 because of issues with the drag but decided to try and work on it. Thanks for any help. Mine when I try and loosen the drag it turns the whole spool and I can remove it . I did take it apart and tried to clean it all but when I put back together still not working properly. I use eBay a lot so list any thing you got off there to repair your 300 series reel

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    Might want to take it to J&M or bring it down for one of the guys here to look at if you are unsure.
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    There is a guy on EBay that goes by The FisherMan I think. He sells the Penn drag kit upgrades as well as the crosswind cams. I also found a ceramic bearing to upgrade the stock one in the reel. What a difference that made. Would have to do a google search to find it again. If you want it checked out, there is The Reel Doc or I know a guy in Gulf Breeze that is a magician with reels. I had my Mitchell working good, but he basically made it into a brand new reel after he got his hands on it.
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    Thanks for advise and tips. I took it back apart and greased everything and put back together and it seems to be working a lot better not sure til I get it on a rod though. Still looking at the upgrades though. I had it on eBay last week and talked myself out of selling it.

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    I converted my three 402's to Carbontex drag washers, it took 3 washers per reel. I greased them with Cal's Teflon reel grease. Got everything from Smooooth Drag. $7.00 a set.

 

 
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