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Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Mitch Ricketts (---)
Date: November 13, 2021 09:34AM

I've been rebuilding old fiberglass spincast, casting, and spinning rods. Most modern tiptops have short tubes, compared with the ones I'm replacing. I'd love to match the look of the older tiptops (and long tubes would also help cover damage where some of the original tiptops were crimped). I'm rebuilding light action rods. Tube diameters for the tiptops I'm replacing are usually in the range from 5/64 to 7/64 inch (2 mm - 2.8 mm), with size 6 or 8 mm rings. The tube bore lengths of the old tiptops usually range from 0.75 - 1 inch (19-25 mm). Has anyone encountered and solved this problem?
Best wishes.
Mitch

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.44.66.72.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 13, 2021 02:35PM

I recently used one of these and while it doesn't match all your criteria, it did have a fairly long tube by today's standards. Give them a call, they may be able to help. [mudhole.com]

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Mitch Ricketts (---.ok.ok.cox.net)
Date: November 13, 2021 03:19PM

Lynn,
Thanks for the recommendation. I have used that model before, and unfortunately the tubes are short, compared with vintage tiptops.
Thanks again.
Mitch

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: November 14, 2021 12:10PM

Mitch,
I have rebuilt a lot of old rods.
My solution for your problem is to completely strip the rod. Throw away the guides and tip tops and purchase new modern guides and tip top.

I know it is not the answer you are looking for, but I also know that the rebuilt rods all worked much better with the modern hardware compared to the former parts.

Best wishes

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Michael Sutheimer (---.wi.res.rr.com)
Date: November 15, 2021 05:18AM

Why not just do a trim wrap behind the tube of the tip? If your just replacing the tip wrap with a color that matches the tube. Redoing the whole rod, do a trim wrap the color of the rest of the guides. Or just do a color that matches the blank. Will cover any damage and from a casual glance will look just fine.

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Mitch Ricketts (---)
Date: November 16, 2021 12:51PM

Thanks, everyone for your responses. I was able to locate some never-used old-stock tiptops on the online @#$%& site. These are the old style spinning/casting tiptops with long tubes. Still not sure there is a consistent source for these. It is possible they may just show up from time to time.
Best wishes.

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Re: Is there a source of tiptops with long tubes for vintage casting and spinning rod rebuilds?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.44.66.72.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 16, 2021 07:14PM

I wouldn't expect a consistent source. Nice you found some.

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