CAPSTAN Old Australian Vintage Fishing Reels, Capstan thread-line spinning reel Information, Reference & history by Bernie Ladd, 2013.

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C1

Two metal spool line capacity sizes

Early box

Black enamel, die cast body.

Frank Pataky founded the Capstan Plastic Mouldings, an engineering company formerly situated at 50 Queen Street Petersham in New South Wales. Frank, a qualified toolmaker, who migrated to Australia from Hungry in 1929, obtained a patent approval in 1938 for a Nottingham reel.This particular patent featured the reel support foot bracket, moulded within the Bakelite back. Capstan Plastic Mouldings produced 20 different sizes, and was one of the last manufacturers involved in mass-production of bakelite nottingham fishing reels.

 

From the year 1950, the company also embarked on mass-production of their very own Capstan 69. It is prudent to mention that this particular design is an Australian look-a-like of the American Penn Delmar reel. Capstan 69 came in six different models.

 

In the late 1950s, Capstan Plastic Mouldings again expanded the their reel production with introduction of the Capstan Whirlaway 77, a look a like of the German Dam Quick. The Capstan Whirlaway featured a similar fish logo on its body. Surprisingly there is no evidence of any dissatisfaction on the part of the Dam Quick makers. There are two versions of Capstan Whirlaway 77 the Standard 3.2:1; and Fast Retrieve 4.5:1 high speed model. compiled: B Ladd,2013.

Later box

C2

CAPSTAN 77 Whirlaway Thread-line Spinning reel. Ambidextrous operation; Stainless steel bail arm; 3.2:1 gear ratio; anti-reverse and check lever; steel sliding main shaft; ball bearing races; alloy folding handle; torpedo handle-knob; bronze main gear; handle shaft-bronze bearing; red plastic drag knob; die-cast body, black enamel finish C.1958.

Very Hard to find in mint condition complete with two spool sizes, original box and paper work!

CAPSTAN 77 Whirlaway Fast Retrieve Thread-line spinning reel, gear ratio 4.5:1. Ambidextrous operation; Stainless steel bail arm; 4.5:1 gear ratio; anti-reverse and check lever; steel sliding main shaft; ball bearing races; alloy folding handle; torpedo handle-knob; bronze main gear; handle shaft-bronze bearing; red plastic drag knob; die-cast body, black enamel finish C.1958.

Very hard to find in mint condition complete with original box and paper work!

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C3

Capstan 69/5ABL Heavy guage line bar

Early 69 ABL box

C4

"Capstan 69/5" ABL box

Capstan 69/5ABL (anti-backlash) light guage bar

Capstan 69/5 ABL.Spool drum width 2 5/8'' Mechanical specifications as other models C6 fig1

C5

Capstan minor

C6 fig1

CAPSTAN MINOR (narrow dum)drum width2 1/4 ''; bakelite side dia 3 1/4'' standard allmodels.Mechanicaly same as other models

C6

Capstan minor ABL

CAPSTAN MINOR (narrow drum) ABL mod.fig1: Mechanical specifications are standard on all 69 models.Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle C.1950. Rare.

C7

Early box

Torpido knob

Capstan 69 . Spool drum width 2 inchs.Torpido handle knob version. Mechanical specfications, as other models C6 fig1

C8

Tapered knob

Early box

Capstan 69.Spool drum width 2 inchs.Tapered handle knob version. Mechanical specifications, as other models C6 fig1

Capstan 69 ABL. Spool drum width 2 inch. Mechanical specifications, same as other models C6 fig1

C9

Later box

CAPSTAN 69 grease lube with original box.

Capstan 69/5 ABL light gauge line bar Mechanical specs, as other models C6 fig1

No. 602/5 spare spool storage container.

No.602 spare spool container

Rare

Capstan No. 9 Hook Pac. -c.1950.

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