Old Penn 50W

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I have an Penn 50W two speed by Cal Sheets from the 80’s in great shape and was thinking about using it for the big BFT with heavy braid. I read that the frame can’t handle the torque. Does anyone have any experience or input on this? I just bought a 2x4 and was thinking about using this reel on it. It may be a little heavy for bait but could be used as for it and a kite setup too. Thanks for any thoughts.
 

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Does the frame have bars?
I just bought an older 50sw. Had the newer frame. And drag plate.
But the drag plate was toast, along with the bearings.
Mine should fish 130# easy. Not sure why the older frames would be bad.
 

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It has the double tube bars, not a solid. It is not a one piece frame either. I agree even with stamped metal reel seat it looks solid. I was thinking of 130 on it.
 
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Hmm...not that I have one, but if I did, this would be the approach I'd consider for this project:

1. Open up the reel and check if it has one of the these:
https://store.scottsbt.com/117DN-50-Drive-Plate-Assembly-with-Dura-Drag8482-Washer-P4038.aspx...

OR​

...some other carbon fiber upgrade done by Cal.

2. Look into one of these:
http://www.tiburonfishingreels.com/international

3. If your handle has the original Penn 24-50T-1 handle arm, see if there is a longer aftermarket one with a full grip.

All total, about a $200-300 project...YMMV.
 

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I definitely was going to do the crank. Those frames are nice too. With the upgrades and line it gets to buy a new reel territory :-)
 
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Amadeus

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$300 is 1/3 to 1/2 of a new reel. You need to get new line regardless if it is the 50W or a new reel, so the line cost is a wash.

Since it is a Cal Sheet conversion, the drag plate I would assume would have been blueprinted. Your 50W would appear to have good "bones" for the upgrades...spend the $300 to upgrade or at least double for new BLING.
 

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50W factory-rated 800/50. Starting the guesstimate with 0.71mm dia for 50lb Big Game, it will be approximately 800+ yds of 200lb JB hollow core @ 0.69mm. 130lb BG is 1.11mm, so 600yds of 200lb JB will leave about 60-80 yds of capacity for 130lb mono...YMMV.
 
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50W factory-rated 800/50. Starting the guesstimate with 0.71mm dia for 50lb Big Game, it will be approximately 800+ yds of 200lb JB hollow core @ 0.69mm. 130lb BG is 1.11mm, so 600yds of 200lb JB will leave about 60-80 yds of capacity for 130lb mono...YMMV.
Looks like Joey is selling me some 200 when I spool up.