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Godfrey Reel Care and Maintenance

Quick Tips for all Reels     Nickel Silver bands, screw heads etc. are easily cleaned-up with silver polish.
  Black hard coat sides are easily cleaned and shined with furniture polish.
  Gears should be greased with regular automotive bearing grease.
  Reel oil is excellent for light lubrication.
  AVOID using any screwdrivers on the nickel silver screws.
  Q-Tips type swabs are great for clean-up inside of the reel.

Common Sense   Use the protective leather case, air dry before storage, and contact me with any questions. Should there be a problem, contact me first before experimenting with reel repair. Email:     or simply call:  

Home and Shop Refurbishing  

To thoroughly clean and shine-up a Godfrey reel inside and out you need a flat screwdriver, silver polish or equivalent, rags and or Q-Tip's. Outside clean up can proceed simply by wiping off dirt and grime - furniture polish is a good cleaning product and is definitely the only product to use on Godfrey Wood Side Paradigm or the New Brook Trout Reels. Then use the silver polish to scrub around frame parts and around the handle, foot, and back plate parts. Time is required to really get into crevices and corners of the reel frame. Knurled fittings can be cleaned with repeated applications of silver polish worked with a tooth brush.

Scratches on the rims of either round or raised pillar reels can be sanded down if you happen to have a full set of grits: 220, 400, 600, and 1200. It is good also have 2000 grit, but a good substitute is to place some silver polish on the back side of sand paper and rub-polish to a fine finish Be sure to clean up any sanding grit and take down the reel to clean up internals.

Internal cleaning is generally easier to do because dirt is generally not so pronounced or difficult to remove. Again, furniture polish with Q-tips works quite well. If you want to tighten the drag on Classic or Westminster type reels, call me for instructions. Tightening the drag on the Custom Paradigm and other reels is definitely a shop operation to be performed here.

Shop Refurbishing here includes stripping down the reel to the individual reel parts which are cleaned separately plus clean up of all frame scratches. Nominal fee for this is $75.00. If the rims are so damaged that they cannot be refinish, but need replacement the fee is $150 to replace a pair of rims on a round reel. Some may elect to have a reel shop refurbished "as best possible" and avoid rim replacement. Return shipping is $8.00 domestic via Priority Mail, and $60.00 EU and Japan via Fed X.

 
"I received my reel 2 weeks ago. It's like new! Thank you for your effort! I wish you will have a happy new year. Best wishes"
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Spools  
Custom Paradigm Reel:

To open the reel, unscrew the knurled cap from the back side of the reel. Remove the exposed brass screw with a screwdriver. Push the spool and back side plate free of the reel frame.

To reassemble, place spool onto the spindle shaft in the reel. Be sure it is fully seated into the reel. Set the sideplate on the spindle shaft and rotate the side plate and/or handle arm to be sure the spool engages the drag system and the side plate is properly set on the frame screw heads. Gently push side plate flush with frame. Replace brass screw and firmly tighten. Replace the cap.

Custom Salmon, Steelhead, and Spey Reels:

To open the reel, unscrew the knurled screw on the back side of the reel. Push the spool and back side plate free of the reel frame.

To reassemble, place spool onto the spindle shaft of the back side plat. Rotate the spool to be sure the spool pins are fully seated into the drag system. Hold the side plate and spool vertically and slide the reel frame down over the spool and back side plate. Rotate the handle arm to mesh the gears and then rotate the back side plate to align the frame screws. Finally, tighten the center screw.

Classic, Westminster and Other Click-Pawl Reels:

To open the reel, unscrew the knurled cap from the back side of the reel. Remove the exposed brass screw with a screwdriver. Push the spool and side plate free of the reel frame.

To reassemble, place spool onto the spindle shaft in the reel. Be sure it is fully seated into the reel. Set the sideplate on the spindle shaft and rotate the side plate and/or handle arm to seat the back side and to align the frame screws. Gently push side plate flush with frame. Replace brass screw and firmly tighten. Replace the cap.


Lube
Custom Paradigm Reel:

Unscrew the back plate bearing cover to reveal the slotted center screw. Use reel oil or 30 wt. motor oil to lubricate the reel. Simply oil the hole in the screw and the screw head itself.

Regarding oil inside the drag system - don't do it. Only use PURE Neatsfoot oil on the cork once a year or as maybe be needed.

 

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Lube the Salmon Reels:

Remove the back side plate and spool as described above for take down and spool replacement. Oil and grease the gears with automotive bearing grease. No other lubrication is needed or recommended because the other bearings in the reel are self lubricating. Use PURE Neatsfoot oil once a year on the cork on the drag shoes.

Lube the Classic, Westminster and Other Click-Pawl Reels:

Remove the back plate medallion (Classic Reels) or the knurled bearing cover. Oil the hole in the brass screw and the head of the screw itself. This simple operation will oil all the bearings because the center spindle shaft is hollow and supplies oil to both sides of the reel!

The click pawl maybe oiled by first removing the back side plate as described above in spool replacement and then place only a single drop on the click pawl itself. More oil is likely to only cause a mess to clean up later. Always clean up any accumulated grit.

 
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Custom Reels:

Left - Right hand switching is purely a shop-job since many parts need to be replaced. Original reel owners can have the reel switched as a free service. See Shipping Address and send the reel directly to Ted Godfrey for switch-over.

 
Westminster Reels:

The photos show the Westminster tail plate with the pawl and spring mechanism. The spring left and right hand configurations are noted in the photos.

The click pawl tension is controled by the pawl spring that is increased or decreased by adjusting the cam assembly. Operate the adjustment knob to see how the cam assembly rotates and moves the spring. The spring is removed and replaced in opposite side of the reel as follows:

 

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First, set the adjustment knob for minimum click tension. Using fingers or pointed pliers disengage the spring from the pawl. The spring can now be lifted out of the reel and placed on the other side position. IMPORTANT: On reels made in 2004 and thereafter, remove and FLIP OVER the pawl. Then, replace the pawl. It should appear as shown in the pictures for left and right hand Westminster reels.

 
Classic Reels:

The photos shows the tail plate spring left and right configurations:

This pawl spring puts tension on the click pawl as shown in the photos. Operate the adjustment knob to see how the cam assembly rotates and moves the spring. Also, note the movement of the arm across the face of the reel. The spring is removed and replaced in opposite side of the reel as follows:

 
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First, set the click adjustment to minimum tension. Using fingers or pointed pliers lift the spring off of the click pawl. Next lift the opposite end of the spring off of the little brass post - it maybe necessary to rotate the adjustment to facilitate this removal. The spring can now be lifted out of the reel.

Reinstallation: Reverse the procedure for removing the spring. Take your time and do not force the spring out of normal shape. IMPORTANT: On reels made in 2004 and thereafter, remove and FLIP OVER the pawl. Then, replace the pawl. It should appear as shown in the pictures for left and right hand reels.