Jay Parker Service Technician, Pure Fishing, Australia
Jay and I have become friends in 2008, but I am most impressed with his passion for ABU, his generosity of spirit and genuine willingness to be part of spreading the word of ABU.
Here he speaks for himself with exerts from our recent correspondence.
Pure Fishing Australia
Att; Jay Parker
P.O. BOX 5199
Chittaway Bay NSW 2261
Jay working Magic
"...We are located on the central coast of NSW. I have approx 130 ABU reels and approx 350 other brands of reels. I have an extensive collection of reels which I imagine are quite valuable and irreplaceable. I do a lot of standard mods eg replacing bearings with ceramic abec rated bearings. I modify spools to fit into different Ambassadeurs etc. Different sideplates , gear ratios altered full custom services offered as well etc different paint jobs, engraving basically I can change any old reel that whines and groans into a high performance casting tool.....
....In these days of mass producing reels I get great satisfaction out of modifying a reel or tuning an old reel to perform better than a new D#$@% or S$#@^&#. They have the money to advertise and blindly lead people into believing they are the only reel manufacturers out there. As we know ABU have been there and done that and have not really changed much at all especially when they know they have a winning product, AMBASSADEUR. If I can do my part into helping people realize that their old Abu can outperform far more expensive reels with minor tweaks here and there I have done my job.....
....Wayne it's your lucky day.
I have also made you a spec'd up Ambassdeur 5600
The reel I have put together has the best of everything in it. Tell me what you think.
I have a large collection of ABU Catalogues from 80's to mid 90's which you may be interested in. I will organize them over this weekend and send them out to you with Mondays post......"
Look below for the unique one -off
Jay's Custom Ambassadeurs built for Wayne
This one I call my Irish Special
It is a one off, quite unique reel that will earn it's living being fished
The latest is a hybrid built on a 5600 C thumbbar frame with red release as well as Jay dual clutchfailsafe.
Notice the old modified 5000 D L/H Sideplate and Orange R/H sideplate, with larger 50's thumbscrews.
L/H sideplate modified to accomodate bronze bush to go in to adjust freeplay.
Personalized engraving within both sideplates.
2XBearings in worm
2X Abec 6 bearings in spool- perimeter weighted/balanced spool (aka Blueprinted re racecars)
4X Abec4 bearings in modified handle
1X Abec 6 Bearing in idler gear, idler gear modified to allow fitment in L/H sideplate
1X I.A.R. clutch bearing and BackupA/R dog
6:1 gears with Carbon multi-stack drag
6 pin Centrifugal brakes
Modified Star wheel to accomodate special handle
Titanium nitride line guide
Heavy duty CT/CS brakeplate modified to allow Red thumbar pin to engage clutch
Revo Toro end capon L/H sideplate
Note from Jay: Mate just muck around with settings to what you like; I had it screaming !
Enjoy it my friend.
5500 C10 Pro-Shop Aussie Special
5500 C10 Pro-Shop (10 bearing) Aussie Special Green'n Gold
Twin 'JP' Thumbar system
Titanium Nitride Line Guide
2X Worm bearings
1 X Idler bearing
4 X handle bearings
2 X spool bearings
1 X clutch bearing (A-R Bearing and A-R dog)
Full Carbon matrix drag system
5600 Specifications with "the Works"
|Black and Gold Beauty|
Twin Clutch Release Mechanisms
|EON Pro Ball Bearing Handle|
* 6 Bearings+1 I.A.R. Bearing (2 Ceramic) ABEC (5), Idler Gear + Levelwind + Spool + Handle) Supersmooth...empty spool runs spins over 10 sec in fee spool mode
* Titanium Nitride Line Guide
* Teflon coated worm
* Eon Pro Handle (Unavailable now)
*Gold Wiffle Spool
* Carbon Fibre drag (Free to completely lock up)
* Super Heavy Duty Casting (CT Brake plate)
* Twin Clutch release, with both thumb-bar and extra button release as a double redunancy. This is Jay's special "trademark" modification
Now, Custom Bluewater Ambassadeur 7500 Reel
specially created by Jay for me with the works!
This reel has upgraded carbon fibre drag
high speed gearing,
and Teflon worm
to me: Priceless
...to now be my premier baitcaster, and bluewater special , now
for the custom rod to match, a new "old" double handed ABU
Speedlock Handle naturally to be built on a Pacific
Composite Blank and a 25kg braid
Yet another special ABU reel modified to Jay's discerning requirements
As for the Mods on the Inshore, I will tell you some but not all. I could go out of business. Haha
is the Bearings have all been replaced with ceramic and Hybrid
I have a particular way of placing these in different sections of the reel. Some will be ABEC 5 and some are Abec 7. Each individual bearing is tested against its opposing one and then matched to the same speed.
of the moving internal parts are checked, adjusted, polished and
sometimes even modified to fit better. This is my own way of
ensuring everything is working properly.
Basically I am Blueprinting and Balancing the reel.
I even re-drill and re-tap certain sections to ensure the reel stands up to more abuse.
The drag is modified with totally different carbon fibre washers and my own secret lube.
A lot of adjusting and fine tuning finally go into making certain the reel is at the standard I like.
Enjoy my friend
Many thanks for your wonderful creations Jay!
reel has almost 10kg of drag available so it fights way above its
Enjoy fishing mate!
Jay Parker (similar custom Ambassadeurs can be ordered from Jay)
from Pure Fishing Australia, in regard to ABU Garcia reels,
helped me out on 2 occasions recently and he went way out of his
way to help me which he didn’t have to do.
I don’t know the man personally and his desire to assist me as much as possible blew me away, he is a champion bloke. He is hands down the best person I have ever dealt with in regards to reel repairs/parts and I have dealt with a few!
He came across as a person I have known for years and I have only spoken to him on the phone a couple of times, he certainly knows what he is doing and obviously loves ABU reels (as we all do/should)
I am sure there are plenty of people he has helped that feel the same."
Woolooware NSW 2230
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