Dating garcia mitchell reels dating like eharmony

20 May

These two reels belonged to my grandfather originally and have been passed down to me by my dad. IMG_20130324_200007Opened up IMG_20130402_175658Setup shop outside with my two boys playing around in the warm spring air. IMG_20130402_183429IMG_20130402_191552IMG_20130402_183341The next step is a deep cleaning. The new style 'straight' AR lever & appearance of engraved Garcia appeared in ~1972.

The black plastic AR pawl & later drag knob suggest mid 70's vintage. My source says that straight style AR levers began in '68.

Mitchells numbering system was designed for internal use such as quality control, and audits and not for the collector to trace production data or historical events.

Our research revealed inconsistencies in the methodology of how they applied their serial numbers.

This version was produced from 1968 through 1976 with serial numbers starting in the 7900000 range up to serial number 9999999 in 1970/71.

Purists believe the reel should be red, as apparently preferred by Göte Borgström himself, but his company made the reels in red, green, black, and even gold, which gives collectors more to acquire today.

The Ambassadeur family of vintage fishing reels includes the original SG, followed by the 5000, 5500, and 6000.

Pictures are being taken and will be added as time permits. As of now my main reference is my father's memory of when the reels were purchased.

I also think this is the first time they have been opened, and those shims are delicate looking. I still have the Red and Black box that it came in. The reels back then last longer then the ones they build now. I did some more research into the production dates of my reels. The original title of this thread stands as a 1960's reel restoration.