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

Capstan 77 Whirlaway spinning reel, plastic removable gear housing cover
Early Capstan 77 Thread-line spinning reel presented with original box & specfication guide booklet, Very Rare

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Two metal spool line capacity sizes

Early box

Early Capstan 77 Thread-line vintage spinning reel, in Mint condition, Very Rare.

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.

CAPSTAN 77 'Fast Retrieve 4.5:1' Model No. 77 H.S Decal image.
 Capstan 77  'Fast retrieve' Thread-line spinning reel presented with original later box design box & specfication guide booklet, Very Rare

Later box

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 Capstan 77 'Fast Retieve' Thread-line spinning reel presented with original box in Mint condition, Very Rare version

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.

Rare 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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Capstan 69/5 ABL (anti- backlash Heavy gauge line guide bar; side plate diameter 3 1/4''; drum (spool) width 2 5/8''. Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle -C.1950. Hard to find with original box.

Early 69 ABL box

Early 'Capstan 69' revolving drum multiplier fishing reel presented with original box & specfication guide booklet, Very rare version

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"Capstan 69/5" ABL box

Capstan 69/5 ABL (anti-backlash) light gauge line guide bar; side plate diameter 3 1/4''; drum width 2 5/8''. Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle -C.1950. Hard to find with original box.

 'Capstan 69' Narrow Drum modle-revolving drum multiplier fishing reel, Very rare version

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Capstan minor

CAPSTAN MINOR (narrow dum) drum width 2 1/4 ''; side dia 3 1/4''; Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle C.1950. Hard to find.

Capstan 69 Minor-narrow drum with anti-backlash mechanism, revolving drum multiplying fishing reel, Extremely rare version

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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.

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 Capstan 69 reels, all feature the same gearing parts, bearings; star drag-clutch assembly; crank-handle; optional check mechanism; free spool lever and rear grease cup.

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CAPSTAN 69 - Torpido handle-knob version  with original box & Capstan 69 boxed grease tube, Very rare to find with original box & paper work

C7

Early box

Torpido knob

Capstan 69 . Side plate diameter 3 1/4''; drum width 2''. Torpido handle knob version. Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle -C.1950. Hard to find with original box.

Capstan 69 tapered handle-knob revolving drum mutiplier with early box, Hard to find!

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Tapered knob

Early box

Capstan 69. Side plate diameter 3 1/4''; drum width 2''. Tapered handle knob version. Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle -C.1950. Hard to find with original box

Capstan 69 ABL. Side plate diameter 3 1/4''; drum width 2''. Non-strip gears; ratio 2.5:1; non reversing star drag; free spool lever; optional check; plated brass saddle -C.1960. Very hard to find with original box.

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Later box

Capstan 69 fishing reel lube, Very hard to find in un-opened Mint condition with original box!

CAPSTAN 69 grease lube with original box.

No. 602/5 spare spool storage container.

No.602 spare spool container

Rare

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

CAPSTAN Hook Pak advertisement

Capstan No. 9 Hook Pak, Advertisement.

CAPSTAN 77 specifiaction booklet
Capstan 77 spinning reel parts schematic
Capstan 77 spinning reel parts schematic

CAPSTAN Whirlaway 77 thread-line spinning reel specification schematic user guide booklet.

CAPSTAN 69 vintage fishing reel user spec guide booklet
CAPSTAN 69 vintage fishing reel schematics
CAPSTAN vintage fishing reel Schematics
CAPSTAN 69 vintage fishing reel internal specification schematic
Capstan 69 vintage fishing reel internal schematics picture
CAPSTAN 69 vintage fishing reel advertis

CAPSTAN 69 revolving drum multiplying reel specification schematic user guide booklet.

CAPSTAN 69 advertisement

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