Thanks reel gents. $19.95 . The 1955-56 reels are black anodized aluminum cover, chrome plated aluminum body reels with brass bevel gears and smooth as silk. Gear. Only 3 left. That's when I told myself, "Someday, I'll have a reel like Dad's". I would expect the reel to be dated around 1973-74 or so. The 2 rivet bodies are all composite bodied reels. You would take them a detailed drawing of what you wanted and they would make them to your specifications, right ? it has chrome covers a blackbody zebco 33 stamp into the top cone it has an anti reverse and what looks like brass gears. Between you and Jim covering Zebcos and Timmy and me covering Johnsons and Chad, Ron and Gene generally covering everything, and the other members contributing, we make FT the "go-to" website for anything pertaining to the hobby! Then came the 40th Anniversary model and it said 1954-1984 and I have them too. Tommy was telling me that he had seen this ad and maybe has it. Thus, the change to stainless. lighter and said the body was made of Lexan. Wow, dusty! That being said, from what I have gathered from other collectors, Dick has been on this quest for, at most, 20 years. This is the other side of that page. The drags on the reels are cheap compared to a more expensive reel. Jim. The son in law brought me a 33 on an old St Croix rod that had been his dad’s and wanted me to see if I could get it working.After cleaning and lubing it it works fine but is missing the front cover.It has the aluminum body and a single rivet foot.Wondering which cover would work on this reel. When he said “Yes”, the man removed the front cover and spinnerhead and with a pair of pliers, ripped the piece out and re-assembled the reel. The 1956 black 33s with feathertouch were mostly sold in 1957, so I have always considered it a 1957 model. When Dick says the anti-reverse came out in 1956 leads you believe that there was a black 33 with anti-reverse, but there wasn’t. It jerks and snags etc. The first adds for the Chrome 33 came out in January 1958, The reels were manufactured in 1957 so they could be sold by Zebco sales force to Dealers/Jobbers and mom and pop stores to have on their shelves at the beginning of 1958. There is a plastic O ring tha... How many variations are there of the Zebco 33? In 1953, the Zebco 33 spincast reel debuted. This is an ultralight spincast reel that should work really well for redbreast, trout, crappie and bass. This was a forum post I did shortly after I joined FT which Skip turned into a blog. It very well could be a franken33 too. I just picked up a vintage Zebco 33 at a thrift store for $3.00. Understandable Skip, what I know about most Johnson reels is that they were green.......LOL T. Tommy, your comment made me LOL! Will revisit... if it's US made, may buy it. I hope this helps you in some small way. Editor insight: With two young and blooming anglers living under my roof, I’ve learned that a way to keep them interested is to find unique ways to make it more fun. After I was hooked, I found a box in the loft of the garage with 13 reels in it and that blue tape is still on the thumb button. By Larry Anderson. Time left 3d 19h left. Also I notice on the Feathertouch paperwork that it states the part numbers for both the spinnerhead and the brake bar are different with Feathertouch, ending in FT. Zebco products are warranted for a period of one (1) year from date of original retail purchase against defects in workmanship and/or materials. Zebco history tells me the model 22 was the second reel Zebco made, in 1953. They both use the front cover with Zebco, Spinner, Model 33 on them and have the round knob handles. I will soon be 68 and have used Zebco 33’s since my dad bought his first in 1955. I had 11 of dad’s reels until a little over a month ago, when they were stolen. I have one with a metal foot and a wierd looking spool. There are several different designs. My Zebco 33. You see the new style was called many things. They just are not the quality of the 'old' school reels; When 'pride' and 'quality' were the key words with the manufacturing companies, but we live in a 'disposable' world today! [the first 30 years]. I was wondering how old it could be. Make sure you put the line through the hole on the reel first. Advertising didn’t come out until 1958, (ads had to be designed and submitted to catalog companies months before they were seen by the public, this included monthly publications like Field & Stream, Out Door life, etc. One day, I was in the basement when Dad was down there working on his reel, which looked a lot different from my 202. I don’t have it handy, but I think the 34 is Type 4, but I may have these 2 Black reels mixed us, as I don’t have them handy right now. It is highly renowned for such legendary products as Zebco 33, Zebco 202, Zebco 404, Zebco Bite Alert. I do believe that I have a couple of those chrome plated zebby 33's just didn't know why they where flaking! Start an Adventure. How do you date the old zebco 33. Now I believe this to be a fact, based on my experience that the 2 in line rivets and the 2 offset rivets are the first 2 types made. I did not care as to the year as long as the pieces fit and worked. Which line is best for a zebco 33 mono, fluoro, or braided. I was looking at Ebay for 33 reels and noticed how many of them h... http://www.fishingtalks.com/the-zebco-33-their-all-time-best-seller-2179.html, http://www.fishingtalks.com/another-zebco-production-chart-part-1-3923.html#comment-4939.html, Help finding Spinner head assembly for my Zebco 33 XBL. Now that I have laid this background, I must in all honesty, disagree with Mr. Braun on several points. So here is what I know about how to date a 33. First, they’ve added a T-ring that makes it nearly impossible for the line to get tangled in the pick-up pin. I would love to see Dick Braun or Clinton Beeler or someone come out with exact dates for the run of each cover. Jim, http://www.fishingtalks.com/zebco-spinning-reels-1962-to-mid-1980s-3812.html. Has anyone heard of this reel? He put a 1/4″ wide piece of Dk. A shard of metal got in just the right place when it stamped and made the P look like a T. Also someone has put a 404 white handle on the reel. Sometimes that means a cool rod and reel. Grasp the old line and pull it from the reel. I’ve been told that this is because Zebco almost went broke replacing flaking covers. I have a Zebco 33 reel that I bought in 1981. He said "Sure" and the man took the spinnerhead off and ripped the piece out with a pair of pliers. Posted On May 15, 2019 May 17, 2019 By Cody Vignal. Remove any old line remaining on the Zebco 33 by pressing the large spool release button on the back of the reel. Search Zebco 33 Timeline. Hold the line a few inches in front of the spool and apply slight tension to the line. A.B. Part Number: 33MTNGOLDBX6. Only the 54/55/56 Black 33 have a chrome body and thumb button. is this...X. I have a Zebco 33 reel that I bought in 1981. It was a revolutionary concept that launched a major fishing tackle brand. I think my rods are over-gunned for … Today's Zebco 33 Authentic is still patterned after the original 33. $97.99. Would you believe that I got started collecting because I had to start taking my 2 sons fishing after dad died and I couldn't find his old black 33's. Now this is a Field & Stream Ad from Dec. 1956, which would confirm that in 1957, the 33 was still Black, while the 44 was Chrome. In 1980 when Zebco introduced their Silver Anniversary 33, it was marked 1955-1980 and I have 6 of them. Jim. Snagged2 likes this. Now it is up to you to study the evidence and do your own research and decide what you think is the truth. My 4th and final point is about the rivets in the foot of the Lexan bodied reels. I posted my email address, can you send me a photo of the reel your asking about. Get the best deals on Zebco Vintage Fishing Reels when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Its a Rhino Tough from the mid 1980’s, nothing really special. I just got off the phone with Dick Braun and he thought he was calling you back and got me by mistake and we talked a while and he said they are still calling them 33s ever since 1954. Aha! The next model,’s cover just had Zebco 33 on the cover. The new Zebco 33 has two improvements worth mentioning. This post was chosen to be featured as a blog, By entering this site you declare I have bought several Zebco 33's, new and used, over the years and when I buy used I generally examine the insides of the reel to see how much metal is there -- The more metal the happier I am. a master veteran and an all time top contributor at Fishing Talks. The improved design was an immediate success. So... what do you think? $6.99 shipping. The 1980 25th Anniversary reel was this style. The #1 Site for Collectors of Zebco Fishing Products. Zebco 33 spin cast reel with matched rod. Now if you are a manufacturer and you are going to farm out parts to be made for you by someone, what would you do first ? I have around 200 33s made between 1954 and 1983 when the design was changed and when you include the reels made into the early 2000s, it is more like 300, so I have many to compare their construction. Remember we didn’t have electronic transfer of info back then it was all by mail. Richards then produced a miniature straw … Ending Jan 8 at 4:30PM PST 6d 21h. For those seeking even more refinement in their spincast arsenal, there's the Zebco 33 Platinum. thank u guys in helping my date my real i beleave that it is a 74 is there any way i can send pictures of roods to help having them dated as well. However, the 3rd style has tabs on either side of the foot that extend about a 1/4″ into the body and are about 60 degrees and lean toward each other. Jim. $36.06 $ 36. i see it on model 22 and on some model 11 and on some of the early 33.----- first 33 had black covers and white push button,find one with the plastic spinner and its quite valuable, next 33 has black covers and black button. Zebco 33 Classic Schematic Rating * Select Rating 1 star (worst) 2 stars 3 stars (average) 4 stars 5 stars (best) Name 4.6 out of 5 stars 81. Put aside the fact we're talking about a spincast reel, the Zebco 33 has a very refined feel to it out of the box. $18.99. Here's what I got I'll put a pic of the guts in a bit but I think that's what I have... Hi J.B., That looks like a pretty good old Black 33. I have one box full of what I call Type 1, which is the 2 in line rivets. Now for the Type 3 & 4. Put the front spool cover back on the reel. Who knows what was originally on some of my reels. Does the white handle help date this particular reel? Feb 8, 2011 #57 . The 202 from 1961 and other models through the years. I had always heard that the Chrome reels were only made for one year, 1958, but now it is beginning to look like maybe the 44 was Chrome first in 1957 and the Chrome 33 followed in 1958. dustyjoe,thanks for the reply,will send a PM. Get it as soon as Mon, Jan 4. Thanks Dick, I’ve adjusted the captions under the photos. NEW ZEBCO 33 MICRO SPINNING REEL ultra light 4 lb test line PAN FISHING ice. This is the first reel to just say Zebco 33 on the front cover. They also experimented with FT on the Scottee 66 in 1958 and the 88 & 89 in 1960 and 1961 and maybe a little longer. Kinda hard to tell from your description what and when certain features existed. I have about 300 of them from the first black one to the ones made about 10 years ago. The 4th and final style had the tabs leaning away from each other and the last ones they made had a zinc crank gear instead of steel. The Zebco 33 is a decent starter reel but I enentually put my son onto a Daiwa Goldcast that was a big step up before I taught him to use a spinning reel and a fly rod. That's my question. The early Type 3 reels had a Zebco sticker on top of the body and only Model 33 on the front cover. The next model of the reel that Zebco had was the very short lived Chrome Model 33. Spooling a Zebco 33 involves installing new line as part of routine maintenance. Here is what I think happened. + Update your shipping location 7 S 0 P O N S O A R P A 7 E E D-1-1 U J-1 0 F J-1-1. Not real for sure , but thinking 2004. The 1957 reel had one extra, Feathertouch. Pull the old line off the reel. I’d be buying from eBay(almost all advertised have only the outside showing). 2001 Zebco Catalog. My Mom's old Zebco 33 shown w/o the front and rear covers. Posted On November 6, 2016 August 26, 2018 By Cody Vignal. OIC where you got that Al, from the list that Dick sent you. I was wondering if you had any info about it. Zebco products are warranted for a period of one (1) year from date of original retail purchase against defects in workmanship and/or materials. Which line is best for a zebco 33 mono, fluoro, or braided. In 1953, the Zebco 33 spincast reel debuted. You can’t post them on the comments and only the author or a moderator can edit a blog and I am both, so send to me and I’d be glad to add it. Also, you will find information concerning the Zebco Spinner Model 55 contained in the articles, too. Here is a link to the blog that I did last year. FREE Shipping by Amazon. Join Date Jul 2006 Location Cullman AL. What's your B day ? I suspect that they started having bodies crack through the rivets and to try to prevent it, the used 2 offset rivets and a flat spot in the mounting foot. They compared their products in private, the Ambassadeur 5000 and the Zebco model 33 both of which are still in production more than fifty years later. Here are 5 photos that Dick Braun just sent me that he wanted put on here. Maybe I oughta put it on a rod and use it for a season, just to honor my uncle. I think they decided to offset the rivets so that it wouldn’t be as easy for this to happen and from my experience, I haven’t seen as many of them broken. On the other hand, my knowledge of Zebco reels dates back 61 years. It's sure been a good reliable reel but it's always had a problem casting. They have a bait click but no anti-reverse. Zebco.com. “The Zebco 33 was born in 1954, and I was born in 1957. Hi Dick, I can post it for you if you send it to me. Question: Would a stainless covers(says only "ZEBCO 33" on top cover), metal gears(non-brass), NO feather touch reel be put in a box with feather touch advertised on the top & sides? 2014. Dad bought one in 1955 and another with Feathertouch in 1957. ?, or just ‘57? For example, I’d like to get a vintage one with Feather Touch, so it’d be the black covers, anti-reverse(no or yes?) UPC: 032784636304. A.B. In about 1958 and after, they used a hard brass chrome plated one. Good Zebco 33 history, Jim. Are you sure it … Hi Tj, Yes there is, but not on a blog comment. Blue label maker type on the thumb button of the old one and told us that we could use it, but not the new one. Mine is hands on experience dating to 1955 at the age of 8 when my dad bought his first Black 33 and I thought it was the most beautiful reel I’d ever seen. PM me your address if you are interested. I have a zebco 33 with 2 off set rivets and the foot has made in usa not ze... Zebco 33 Classic 1984 (& Rhino 1989) spinner head assy RY310-1 repair, A Partial 1981 Zebco catalog, 14 of 33 Pages. Then they did a 33rd Anniversary model and marked it 1955-1988 and I have several of them. 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