Originally posted by Reelcrazee on 3/31/17, imported to Zebco.org on 9/24/17
I had mentioned earlier I may do a blog on my Model 76 reels and here is what I know about them. They went into production in 1972 with the first color combination being a grey rear body cover with a black front cover. These reels were for the most part targeted for the kids. They are super simply made and yet would fetch fish just as well as about any kids reels. I’ll bet some of the ice fishermen used this reel too, just like they did the Model 77. They were made cheap and sold at a low cost. Somewhere around 1977 or 78, they changed the color combination to a whitish light green front cover with a dark green rear body cover. Basically the same reel with a new look.
Below is a picture of the two reels I spoke of as well as an all black one. These three reels are the only ones that I know of that has the Model 76 printed on the top of the rear body cover. The all black reel is a harder one to find. If I remember right, they made these for Berkley as gift reels. I’ll have to brush up on that, I forget how that went. I need to get one of these with the paperwork so I can remember easier.
Here is a picture of the 3 different boxes I have
Here is one pulled apart……..
Can’t get much simpler than that.
Here is the schematic for the black and grey reel.
This is the schematic for the green one……..
Below are some reels that were made for other companies and such, using the Model 76 body mold
Here is one marked Dolphin on top……
This one is marked Apollo…….
This in my Apollo that I put together from parts and had a Snoopy FC on it and just put a Black one on it. The White TB and Red Handle was what I had and Tommy’s is probably right. His is Redder than it looks, but since mine looked good and Red, here it is. There are others out there. Jim
Here is a Dk. Green back w/Black Front Cover, Thumb Button, and Handle. Tommy thought he had one, but now thinks he doesn’t so he’ll want this one too. LOL Jim
Here is a Mustang that I got about 1995 from Aaron Clapp at the Robinson, IL. Flea Market, Tommy wants this one also. Jim
This one, Mercury……..
Here is a Spirit. I also bought this reel on the rod. I don’t think I have ever seen another one with the rod. the rod is marked Keystone and says Spirit of ‘76 on it and is candy cane striped. It isn’t the best of shape, but it is a good example. I have a feeling that they chose this combo because it is a Model 76 body and possibly was ordered for sale in celebration of the bi-centennial in 1976, but who knows……
Here is the rod…….
Here are my 2 Woodstock reels that Tommy wants to talk me out of one. I told him he could have the one that is the most dis-colored. LOL Jim
Jim, Below is the schematic for the Woodstock reel. Notice it is a Model 83
Here is a Blue Mickey Mouse that was used on the separate rod before the 77 combo. Jim
The next reel is a Snoopy reel. Also, below it is a picture out of the 1981 Catalog……
I find it interesting that they even made a schematic for the Snoopy reel. Also, it shows to be a Model 81. (below)
Below is an example of a boy’s combo in the package, that has a 76 style reel in it. The back of the package says 1996. That doesn’t sound old at all, but that was 21 years ago already!
And, here is the girl’s model……
Now, here are the three Hot Reel combo’s, that used the 76 body mold. Each rod was color coded to match the reel………
These were advertised in the 1993 catalog (below)
Here are the three in the package. You could buy the combo as well as just the reel. These packages are dated 1992 on the back.
I also discovered this a while ago. I was going through the catalogs that I have and found this fold out product sheet that advertises the Model 76 in it. The past information we had was that they made these reels from 1972 through 1982, which counts up to 11 years of production. Since I found this in a 1983 product sheet, I think they may have produced, or at least sold these reels through 1983 in a 12 year stretch. I don’t know this for sure, but was an interesting find.
Below is a picture of the brochure bent over so it will show the year as well as the reel down in the corner……
I am by no means an expert on these reels, but just wanted to show what I have collected so far and as always, looking for more I don’t have yet. Now, If I can just get Jim to turn loose of that Mustang………..and…………..Woodstock.
So… what do you think? Please leave me a comment.