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Offline nomdeplume57

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OCEAN CITY 981/981E REFURBISHED
« on: February 27, 2024, 03:17:23 PM »
A Much Overlooked Reel of the Past in my Opinion is this 981 .
Possibly the LAST WELL BUILT REEL by the Company in that it has  the Fine Quality OCEAN CITY WAS FAMOUS FOR .

Such as except for the Drag Metals the Guts are ALL STAINLESS STEEL!!!
Even has the Felt inserts in the end Caps to hold Oil . Bridge Guts Plate is held with a C-Clip instead of the swivel retainer with set Screw . The Spool is Fluted to use the Mono Lines that would normally blow out the sides when stressed .



It is in the cleaner right now .
Will reassemble with Carbon Tex Drags and post pix.

 After a 24 Hour Dip in  the Sauce


NEW CARBON TEX DRAGS


This is the start of Ocean City's save a  Dime era
where they started skimping on stuff like leaving out the Check valves on the oilers and soon to  use TRUE TEMPER STICKERS instead of Embossing or using the Quality Metal Name  Plates Pinned in the side plates
 NOTICE there is NO Spring Loaded Deal in the Oil Hole


JUST CHEEEEEP !


Ready to go another 60 Years !





The 981e is the same Reel except for the Spool is Aluminum and has a Cheap Ass Sticker on the plate instal of Embossed or a Metal Tag. CHHHHHHEEEEEEEP.
(The 981 above weighs 13.82 0unces with it's Chromed Metal Spool and the e with an aluminum spool weighs 12.43 ounces .
« Last Edit: March 02, 2024, 08:32:49 AM by nomdeplume57 »

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Re: OCEAN CITY 981 REFURBISHED
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2024, 10:13:19 AM »
These are Definitely overlooked and  selling CHEAP on e-bay for Now .
They will stand up to anything in today's Market .
Made back in the late 50's still GOOD TODAY as many other of Ocean City 's Reels of the Day.
If Grasshoppers carried shotguns then the Birds Wouldn't Mess With Em!!
HAVE REELS WILL  FISH !!!

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Re: OCEAN CITY 981/981E REFURBISHED
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2024, 09:54:54 AM »
I collect old Penn's.

But I've always admired Ocean City.

I'm just worried I'll like them too much...

Thanks for the write up,

Steve
Buy It Nice Or Buy It Twice.