...I get attached to some things that have performed well and never let me down. I even say thank you to my car after a long trip - I probably need looking at?
I also know this is a shooting forum and this is fishing related but I feel there is a better chance of finding a new home for this faithful old friend than on other forums.
I have a 1970's Abu 6500C (with brand new spare spool) that has served me faultlessly on over 1000 sea fishing trips. When I had my own charter boat moored in Brighton this was out several times a week and has landed conger to 42lb, bass to 14lb and numerous double-figure cod - all on 15lb line and an Ugly Stik 15lb class uptide rod. Accordingly I cannot just throw this great little reel away.
The side plates are corroded through in several places and the bearings clatter - but it still works. All spares (new side plates etc and maybe a new cage) are available online but now that my sea fishing days are over I'm hoping it can find a new owner as I would like to think of it still in use with line screaming against the clutch as yet another double figure bass battles away.
If you think you could give this reel the TLC that it deserves and it is for your own use then I will send reel and spool to you for free.
This is a genuine "Made in Sweden" Abu - not the Far Eastern manufactured rubbish of today - and I'm sure this reel has years of use ahead of it if it is looked after.
All as picture below.