I bought a Grice and Young Seajecta II off ebay...'cos I hadn't got one..It was reasonably priced and I expected a knackered and corroded old 'pin. I was reasonably pleasantly surprised, it was largely undented but the old aluminium line lay pins were completely er, um, corroded! Pic 1.
The main pin wasn't much better having been made of mild steel and the bronze bush in the spool was a bit slack!
I made a new pin out of stainless, and a new locking screw out of brass (4ba) but with an added spring to keep tension on the drag adjuster. I bored out the bronze spool bush and made two new bushes to fit in to match the new pin. I made a top hat bush for the drag (outer) end which means that the drag washers (carbontex) bear on a decent bearing surface as opposed to the original fibre washer bearing straight on the stainless steel spool. The backplate supporting bush is prepared for a third carbontex bush by making a new (pin located) bronze bearing surface...not entirely necessary as this is a lightweight reel and will be used primarily as a bream and maybe bass reel.
The old line lay pins were obviously history so I made new ones out of stainless, bored for lightness and riveted to the two spool halves..it spins quite nicely after some judicious "tuning".
4 new rivets were made out of nickel silver for the line guard...and a bit of judicious tuning to the ratchet spring and Robert's your mother's brother!
Now why did I need to make new rivets for the line guard and tune the spring...and what is the difference between this and a bog standard Seajecta (apart from the replaced worn bits)?