Drew C.

Charlton 8450 - disassembly

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Anyone have one and open it? Per the Charlton catalog - "this is one Charlton reel you can disassemble to see what makes it tick". Mine suffered some water intrusion and is a little 'off'. I have no idea how to take it apart. I'm not looking for guesses or things to 'try'. I know its a long shot but I figured I'd ask.

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Don't know if it's like other Charlton reels but there is a hole on the spindle that Jack would push with a tool that allowed him to remove the drag stack.  I think a small punch was all that was needed to trigger the release.

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7 mins ago, formula1 said:

Don't know if it's like other Charlton reels but there is a hole on the spindle that Jack would push with a tool that allowed him to remove the drag stack.  I think a small punch was all that was needed to trigger the release.

I will look. The 8450 is a different than the 8500 and 8550. The later two are basically the same but again, different vs the 8450. 

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I never figured it out. I have my ideas but i'm not about to 'try' them. The reel clearly isn't as sealed as they were made out to be. I did seem to solve the issue, the shaft is hollow, some oil in the opening has fixed the issue for now. Going forward, it won't get dunked.

 

 

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Drew, you may know this already, but Kim Carls at Ross Reels knows a ton about these Charltons. Even though they don’t have any more parts for them (and aren’t planning on producing any due to cost) and thus “don’t service them anymore”, I have found Kim to be very helpful with such questions. Hope your reel keeps working, they are great reels. I use 8550c reels for my Spey fishing and 8450 and 8500 reels for other applications (trout, surf, flats).

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On 7/21/2020 at 9:06 AM, Drew C. said:

I never figured it out. I have my ideas but i'm not about to 'try' them. The reel clearly isn't as sealed as they were made out to be. I did seem to solve the issue, the shaft is hollow, some oil in the opening has fixed the issue for now. Going forward, it won't get dunked.

 

 

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Merely out of curiosity, why did you block out the serial number?

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On 11/12/2020 at 6:28 AM, Oakman said:

Merely out of curiosity, why did you block out the serial number?

I consider it somewhat as personal info so i. won’t post it. 
 

Thanks, I will look into Bill. I remember him making reels in the past. 
 

the reel clearly had water intrusion and the drag is ‘off’. Obviously not sealed as well as thought. 

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On 11/14/2020 at 9:48 AM, Linesidesonthefly said:

Whenever I have a slight issue with high end reels it goes in a box mailed to Archuleta Reel Works. Bill is a reel guru. 

Per Bill, I have an nice paper weight. 
 

I have an email out to Ross but I’m not expecting anything to come of that. 
 

is what it is. 
 

fwiw, I can see potentially how an 8500 series reel can be opened up but not on this one. 

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1 min ago, Drew C. said:

Per Bill, I have an nice paper weight. 
 

I have an email out to Ross but I’m not expecting anything to come of that. 
 

is what it is. 
 

fwiw, I can see potentially how an 8500 series reel can be opened up but not on this one. 

That sucks. 

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