email
 Home  |  GL Blog  |  Forum  |  News  |  Tournament News  |  Conservation  |  Videos  |  Join  |  Youth  |  Site Map  |  Search  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Advertise  |  Online Shopping  |  Donate to this site reluctant


Great Lakes Bass Fishing Forum  - extensive bass fishing home page specializing in Great Lakes, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario bass fishing techniques, news, issues, conservation, bass fishing reports, bass biology, tournament strategy, bass fishing lure and fishing tackle, bass fishing forum and fishing message board, logistics, weather and safety, and product information.

        Great Lakes Bass Fishing Forum

              Your Great Lakes and Michigan Online
               Bass Fishing and Tournament Community.

Advanced search  
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank  (Read 3779 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Cheetam

  • Don't hate me 'cuz I'm beautiful
  • GLBass Friends
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,582
  • View Gallery
    • My Custom-Painted Crankbait Gallery
Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:39:57 PM »

I have a rod that I absolutely love.  It has the greatest action and parabolic bend for crankbaiting, and I found a guide missing a ring today.  No big deal, I could probably replace the one guide, but now I'm thinking about pulling all the guides off, stripping off the reel seat and old cork and rebuilding it.  How many of you have built on an old blank, what was involved, and any lessons learned?  Just curious...
Logged
Jeff

thedude

  • Count Redbeard
  • GLBass.com Sponsor
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,714
  • Curmudgeon at Large
  • View Gallery
    • West Michigan Bass
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008, 10:59:34 PM »

i've rebuilt on a new blank... >:(

its not that hard, don't plan on salvaging anything other than the reel seat and that will be the hard part if you take it off

some heat and acetone (seperatley) goes a long way in getting old finish off, just don't use too much. An old credit card makes a good scraper too.

I know they make products for refinishing the blank itself, but i haven't tried those.
Logged
West Michigan Bass www.westmichiganbass.com
Palehorse Custom Rods

Cy

  • GLBass.com Sponsor
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,087
  • View Gallery
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008, 09:10:43 AM »

I have completely re-purposed a rod before.  I built a casting rod from scratch and then decided I wanted it to be a spinning rod.  Taking the guides off is easy and cleaning up the old finish isn't too bad.  The worst part is getting the cork and reel seat off, especially if you put it on.  Meaning I attach reel seats considerably better then factory rods.  I ended up going at with side cutters and pliers and basically peeled the old reel off in little pieces.  I then sanded down with blank and fit new reel seat in it's place.  I left the bottom cork in place.  The only part that doesn't look good is the guide placement.  Moving from a casting to spinning, the guide placement was completely different.  You can see where the casting guides once set.  You can do it but it is a bit of a job.

Cy
Logged
Cyrus Ruel

West Michigan Bass
www.westmichiganbass.com

Xtreme Bass Tackle
www.xtremebasstackle.com

OST
www.ostusa.com

Westside Garage
www.westsidegarage.net

thedude

  • Count Redbeard
  • GLBass.com Sponsor
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,714
  • Curmudgeon at Large
  • View Gallery
    • West Michigan Bass
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008, 09:13:36 AM »

since you'd be removing the guides, you could save the old reel seat - just put down new cork infront of the reel seat before you rewrap the guides  ;)
Logged
West Michigan Bass www.westmichiganbass.com
Palehorse Custom Rods

Lightningboy

Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008, 09:31:50 AM »

Well worth the trouble if you like the action of the rod.  Unless there's a problem with it, I'd leave the handle alone.  I would suggest you get rid of the foregrip cork; you don't need it, and it only adds extra weight.

Remember to write down the guide spacing if you like it at present.  Depending on the guides on there right now, an upgrade can be awesome since it usually reduces the tip weight.

Great way to get started in rod building.  Just a warning though, it tends to be addictive... ;)
Logged

Cheetam

  • Don't hate me 'cuz I'm beautiful
  • GLBass Friends
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,582
  • View Gallery
    • My Custom-Painted Crankbait Gallery
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008, 11:20:48 AM »

No issues with the front cork, there isn't any...lol.   I do have an issue with the reel seat, so I would want to replace that (I like the looks of the new fuji seats, although I have never personally held one yet).  I'm thinking about recoils only because I tend to bend the guides on my rods every once in a while.  If not the recoils, then I will probably go with something along the lines of an alconite guide.  What epoxy and thread does everyone use?
Logged
Jeff

thedude

  • Count Redbeard
  • GLBass.com Sponsor
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,714
  • Curmudgeon at Large
  • View Gallery
    • West Michigan Bass
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2008, 01:08:21 PM »

the fuji acs seats are really comfortable.. i used them on the last 2 rods and i'm not going back... plus they have built in arbors so you can get them to fit the blank exactly.
For grip epoxy i use U-40 rod bond. Gudebrod NCP thread is good (no color preserver needed). and Flex-coat for the finish epoxy.
Logged
West Michigan Bass www.westmichiganbass.com
Palehorse Custom Rods

Cy

  • GLBass.com Sponsor
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1,087
  • View Gallery
Re: Rebuilding a Rod on an Old Blank
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 03:49:30 PM »

I think Fuji makes the best reel seats no matter what.  They always hold the reel the best.

Gudebrod Thread , always size A, NCP is great.  I use color preserve any way.  It helps hold the threads in place and gives you different color thread.  You should try a sample of thread with preserve and with finish and one with out preserve and with finish.  You will be surprised by the color difference.

I typically use all Flex Coat stuff and I like the light build finish.

Cy
Logged
Cyrus Ruel

West Michigan Bass
www.westmichiganbass.com

Xtreme Bass Tackle
www.xtremebasstackle.com

OST
www.ostusa.com

Westside Garage
www.westsidegarage.net
Pages: [1]   Go Up
 

Advertisements


Visit Other Features of GreatLakesBass.com using the links below



Site Home | News | Videos | Bass Forum | Bass Tips | Articles | My Confidence Products | Tournaments

GL Blog | Weather | Fishing Pictures | Building Bass Boats | Conservation/Legislation | Bass Biology

Advertise | Site Sponsors | GreatLakesBass.com Store | Online Shopping

Site Map | Contact Us | Search | About Us | Links | Link to Us | Resources | Privacy Policy | Disclosure Policy
Stop Spam Harvesters, Join Project Honey Pot

VigLink badge