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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I received my D.A.M. Quick reels that I sent to my friend Lionel to perform his fantastic talent with a milling machine. The reel models are a 220, a 331 and a Super 270. I hope you guys will enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoy having these reels. I will treasure them and am so pleased with the results. the reels are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. The 331 and the Super 270 have aluminum spools so they were drilled out, the 220 was plastic so it was not drilled. He polished all the inside parts. Lionel replaced the bearing in the 331 and hand crafted brass bushings for the reel. Now it is smooth as silk. The paint on the 331 was chipped so he glass beaded it. I don't know if I will paint it later or leave it as it is. I think it looks cool the way it is. Lionel told me he had a reel he blasted and he keeps it coated with gun oil and it stay looking good.The paint on the 220 and the Super 270 was good so we left them as is. He made new custom handle knobs for the 331 and the Super 270. I don't know if I should call them DAM Staals or Van Quicks but I know they are without a doubt DAM GREAT! Thanks Lionel!!!

Jerry
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post #2 of 22
They are all extraordinary IMHO. It's never mattered to me whether we're talking farm tractors or fishing reels; class and attention to detail always show well. FWIW, the gunmetal Dam Quick is particularly well done...congrats and I hope you enjoy them icon14.gif

Dutch
post #3 of 22

That's cool work.  Nice and clean.  Want to learn how to polish/jewel Super DAM Nice!

post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by GTOK View Post

I received my D.A.M. Quick reels that I sent to my friend Lionel to perform his fantastic talent with a milling machine. The reel models are a 220, a 331 and a Super 270. I hope you guys will enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoy having these reels. I will treasure them and am so pleased with the results. the reels are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. The 331 and the Super 270 have aluminum spools so they were drilled out, the 220 was plastic so it was not drilled. He polished all the inside parts. Lionel replaced the bearing in the 331 and hand crafted brass bushings for the reel. Now it is smooth as silk. The paint on the 331 was chipped so he glass beaded it. I don't know if I will paint it later or leave it as it is. I think it looks cool the way it is. Lionel told me he had a reel he blasted and he keeps it coated with gun oil and it stay looking good.The paint on the 220 and the Super 270 was good so we left them as is. He made new custom handle knobs for the 331 and the Super 270. I don't know if I should call them DAM Staals or Van Quicks but I know they are without a doubt DAM GREAT! Thanks Lionel!!!
Jerry
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Originally Posted by GTOK View Post

I received my D.A.M. Quick reels that I sent to my friend Lionel to perform his fantastic talent with a milling machine. The reel models are a 220, a 331 and a Super 270. I hope you guys will enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoy having these reels. I will treasure them and am so pleased with the results. the reels are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. The 331 and the Super 270 have aluminum spools so they were drilled out, the 220 was plastic so it was not drilled. He polished all the inside parts. Lionel replaced the bearing in the 331 and hand crafted brass bushings for the reel. Now it is smooth as silk. The paint on the 331 was chipped so he glass beaded it. I don't know if I will paint it later or leave it as it is. I think it looks cool the way it is. Lionel told me he had a reel he blasted and he keeps it coated with gun oil and it stay looking good.The paint on the 220 and the Super 270 was good so we left them as is. He made new custom handle knobs for the 331 and the Super 270. I don't know if I should call them DAM Staals or Van Quicks but I know they are without a doubt DAM GREAT! Thanks Lionel!!!
Jerry
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Exceptional work and raises the level of looks and performance way up the ladder. Something to really be proud of.

post #5 of 22

dam they look nice,is the 331 in raw metal it really gives it that industrial look.i just put together a 331 myself but its a stroked 5.0 ford.i went on the fleabay last night and bought a 440 quick and  gonna see what fun i can have with it.keep up the sweet work.

post #6 of 22
That Super is awesome!!! They are great reels although a bit heavy for the fishing I do. They were good match ups to my old 11 ft honey lami rods.
post #7 of 22

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing your great reels with us.

post #8 of 22
Nice work! highfive.gif
Id love to have my 704z drilled, spool and all.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
All the credit for the reel custom work done should be given to my friend Lionel Berthelon better known on this site as lberthelon. Lionel is a master machinest and has posted many great ideas on SOL for reel modification. His posts include making manual pickups and custom machine work. If you are interested in the work he did to my reels and need some tips on how he did it send him a PM.
Maby the pictures of the reels will create more interest in the old DAM Quick reels. They are great old reels and should not be overlooked when building a custom reel. They can be found on Ebay for much less than a Penn. Parts are not easy to find but you can get a parts reel cheaper than just buying a part for an old Penn and even older Penn parts are getting tough to find. The Quicks are tough built and seldom ever need parts if properly matained. Thanks again Lionel for your great job on my reels.
Jerry
post #10 of 22

GTOK, very nice!!!

You had an older post (2011?) where you showed a manual pick-up that I believe you said you made. Any details on how?

Thanks

Don

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by BigDon View Post

GTOK, very nice!!!

You had an older post (2011?) where you showed a manual pick-up that I believe you said you made. Any details on how?

Thanks

Don

I would like to know that as well. I have a D.A.M. Quick 440. I am going to glass bead blast it, slot it, etc. I would like to fabricate a manual pick up.

 

Does anyone know if there is a metal spool available for this model. I want to weigh both the plastic and metal (if available) and see how close I can get the metal spool (after drilling) to the lite weight plastic. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

post #12 of 22

ive been told the 270 metal spool fits the 550 but not the 440 and looking at parts i saw it being said that the 330 and 440 use the same plastic spool.i did a fast light mod on a 440 for the fourth and was impressed at the bearing size in these reels.they can be a nice cheap custom.im going to do a 550 or a 551which ever has the bail lock on the line guide side. and as a man.pickup goes im going to measure a roller for a 302 pum kit and see what height/clearance issues of the spool cup/spool travel arise.

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Don and Mitchell Master,
It was an easy project making the manual pickup. I made manual pickups for a DAM Quick 3000 and a DAM Quick 280 Finnessa ( almost the same as a 330 reel).
I used the stock pickup arms and rollers. I will find my old posts and bump them up.
Good to see some one interested in the old DAM Quick reels, they are great old reels. As far as aluminum spools I have one I got on a model 331,(high speed version of 330 reel) I don't know if the reel model numbers that end in "1" have metal spools might check around. I think I saw a picture of a 441 that lberthelon posted had a aluminum spool. Check with him, he did the machine work on my reels and has customized DAM Quick reels for himself.
Thanks for the replies and good luck with your reels

Jerry
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by GTOK View Post

Don and Mitchell Master,
It was an easy project making the manual pickup. I made manual pickups for a DAM Quick 3000 and a DAM Quick 280 Finnessa ( almost the same as a 330 reel).
I used the stock pickup arms and rollers. I will find my old posts and bump them up.
Good to see some one interested in the old DAM Quick reels, they are great old reels. As far as aluminum spools I have one I got on a model 331,(high speed version of 330 reel) I don't know if the reel model numbers that end in "1" have metal spools might check around. I think I saw a picture of a 441 that lberthelon posted had a aluminum spool. Check with him, he did the machine work on my reels and has customized DAM Quick reels for himself.
Thanks for the replies and good luck with your reels
Jerry

jerry  im gonna due a 550 because thats the size i want.  your man pickup should also apply to the 550 the 331/441/ 551 or the n are they the high speed version im gonna make people take new liking to these big bearing jewels.that 440 i did met my reserve on ebay last sun.ps pm me when you bumpthat post thanks.

post #15 of 22

Impressive reels I have a DAM Quick Super 270 but it does not look anything like these.

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