I am going to take an exploded view of each type to show the changes. Was that a 202 reel? I know this for a fact! Notice the only change is that there is no retainer to hold the thumb brake in. What or who was it made for? The 2nd change was that the spool post was serrated which held grease. ILS 111.54 shipping. Thanks, guys! This was used on the first 3 styles. It has 14/35 gears, and a shim on the Crank Shaft, and the Handle Nut is serrated. The reel on the right is a Type 2 Plastic Foot Green 202 with it’s box and papers. From there on, there were many color combinations. This reel comes with original box and instruction manual. since I found this website it has created more interest in zebco reels and I have bought a number of them on ebay. Jim. Camera looks to be in good condition for it's age. I have been using this to ID my small collection of Zebcos. If so what can you tell me about these, I have a zebco 33 that I have had trouble trying to identify year that it was made. Thanks to Dick Braun’s kindness, I have been able to put a couple of older 202’s back in service. The 2 reels in the middle are NIB Type 3 Green 202s and those are their boxes and papers. Like the 302, 205 and the 312? Email address and personal information are blocked by the system. Suddenly I’m wondering how many I’ve tossed because the anti reverse didn’t work - oops. Always glad to here from someone who has a model NIB reel that I don’t have. The bag is small Lock Washers that replaced the E-Clip to hold the Spring on. I also have a NIB one that I gave about $45.00 for on eBay, unopened. Like the 302, 205 and the 312? Mike look up "dick braun that zebco guy on google all of my contact info this there in plane site for anyone who needs to get ahold of me can do so. Thanks Dusty Joe! Mr. Carter had the S.E. You'll find new or used products in Zebco Vintage Fishing Equipment on eBay. Below there is a close-up of this new style anti-reverse. Since 1949, Zebco has been inviting people to explore the outdoors. Dick Braun: Funny you should mention Tom and Johnny as they both learned a great deal of the knowledge about Zebco reels from me. I will talk more about it later. I had read elsewhere that the earliest versions didn’t have silver letters, I’m not sure how that works, or it may be that the silver has have worn off. I need to get cable internet which would be unlimited and cheaper to boot, but can’t just now for reasons that have to do with how limited my income is. Great info on the 202. Have fun, live long, and be happy. I’ve got parts. lot#meaty l-zebco 202 fishing reel for your parts-model 202 le kcl6-parts only-thanks for looking.checkout all of our many fishing items~we do combine shipping~ Lot Of 15 Vintage ZEBCO Fishing Reels For Parts Some Work 202 33 404 33L Legacy+ I left some to show the difference and when I sand the rest off, I will buff it on a buffing wheel and it will look like new. Thanks Guys, most things we know we learn from someone else, just have to pay attention. Zebco reels 202, 404 used for parts or repair. The price is crazy, I try to buy model 33s at yard sales and thrift shops because they are so good. Always glad to here from someone who has a model NIB reel that I don’t have. The top box is the E-Clip, the next is the Center Shaft Spring, and last is the Pinion Gear. Also notice that the paperwork is RED ink on white paper. Jim 1/27/16. Just variations of Zebco, the 9bz and Z2000 were made for Okiebug tackle stores in Tulsa, OK. The reel on the left is NIB and that is it’s box and Owner’s Manual. dustyjoe: I had an hour long conversation with Dick Braun last night and he promised to send me some info he has, including copies of pages from R.D. It Needs some Cleaning. Below it is the 302 with it’s Owner’s Manual and to the right is a 50th Anniversary 202 that I bought on eBay Monday and it arrived today (Thursday 4-9-15) also. If that’s II there must have been a I. I think they made them in several colors. I started looking for some information on 202’s. I use Gunk Engine Degreaser to clean up the drive train. I knew it wasn’t an antique (100 years), but I bought it, and put it aside. The body on the right has the 2nd style thumb stop which is much lighter made. They continue to do so even as we speak today. This reel is near new and although it didn’t come in this box, I believe it is the right box and the Owner’s Manual came in this box that I got from a local sporting goods store. Get started with Zebco's all-purpose 202 Spincast reel for your outdoor adventures. This was in 1989 and was after the Green reels. More than likely as does most things we imperfect humans create. This is what I’ve been looking for, someone with your knowledge . I like products that work and are durable at a low cost i.e. He said he would work with me and we had a good talk. Buy It Now. Z 40 which looks identical to the Z 20. This totaled up to $23.20 and your cost was only $10.00. Here again are 2 Type 5 Black 202’s : 1 assembled and 1 in an exploded view. Most of all, I want to "Thank" Dick Braun and Tom Modesitt for what they have shared with me. I grew up on Zebco 202's, 404's, 808's, and the holy grail - 33. Vintage Zebco 202 Spin-Cast Reel Made in USA Original Box& Instructions Up for bids is a Zebco 202 Vintage Reel. I use the bottom half of a 1 gal. From shop TheBearsVintageDen. Like many of us, I suppose, the Zebco 202 was the first reel I ever owned. The Zebco 202 Reels Type 1 Black 202: First of all, the anti-reverse was accomplished by 2 notches cut in either side of the spool post with a ring in a groove cut around the post in the middle of the notches. You will notice the yellowing on the top half on the Zebco Thumb Button and it was all like that, but I sanded off most of it with 320 wet or day sandpaper. Hull’s hand written notebook. The next thing Type 1 has is a 4-point pick-up spinner head with a brake ring riveted to the front of it with 3 rivets. To remove it you hold the bottom end and turn the top counter clockwise and it will come off. Jim, Flatfish: OK, Dusty Joe- I sent you a PM- First time trying that here so I hope I did it right. Flatfish: This is a wonderful resource. Remember, I was a body man and painter. Now if I could just find a source for parts for the 202’s and 404’s... dustyjoe: Flatfish, What do you need ? They’re plentiful, and usually just a couple of dollars at yard sales. Also notice that the paperwork is RED ink on white paper. While I’ve fixed a few over time, before I opened this one, I wanted to find some information on it, because it may have been old enough that I needed to know that no little springs would go flying out. Most of all, I want to “Thank” Dick Braun and Tom Modesitt for what they have shared with me. Wards Reels made By: The rare Zebco Model 406. Notice the notch on the spool post, this is the anti-reverse. Mark Riendeau: I have several 202’s (7?) It comes in an aerosol can and most auto supply stores should have it. A while back, I bought one from a guy who said it’s an antique and it “worked great”. I think Chad B. said that he picked one up recently. I still have the one that I bought in 1970 [ish] along with the Gambles rod at our local hardware store. I found certain information, but wasn’t having any luck getting the information that I needed. Now here is the 205 re-assembled with it’s Owner’s Manual and box. I still fish with a mid 80’s 600 on an old glass rod. And lastly 24 each of : WZ-34 Spool Retainer Clip $.10, WZ-22 Center Shaft Clip (E-Clip) $.05, and WZ-27 Spinner Head Spring $.05. dustyjoe: Hi Dana, When they went to the Green body, the first ones had the 3 rivet foot, then the single rivet foot, and lastly they went to the plastic foot. Here is a close-up view of 2 bodies, 1 together and one apart. Flatfish, You need to register and then send me a PM (Private Message) with a list and your address for me to send them to you. Jim, OK, Dusty Joe- I sent you a PM- First time trying that here so I hope I did it right. I have 7 of these early reels with 2 of them in the box. It wasn’t the same gear in all because of the different anti-reverse set ups. Just got a new type 7 black 202 today that is in excellent condition. I use the plueger skilcast for ice fishing as I can’t cast them either. Dick Braun, that-zebco-guy: I too enjoyed our talk last night and am working on the additional info that I said I would send to you.Zebco’s forever! I just used it again to help me identify 3 green Type 2 reels that I bought on eBay. I have never posted anything disrespectful and my attitude has always been one of only wanting to help with what I know about Zebco and the reels that they produced. The 1st Type didn’t have the Lt. Green Lettering but looks like the others until you turn them over. The SRC 230 was a 202 copy made by the Spinit Reel Co. that was started by an X- Zebco employee who left Zebco after they refused to put the large model 270, that he had worked on it’s design, into production and left and started he own company. I was wrong, evidently they are easily overlooked. These are just some I happened to pick up. The name plate on it said: by Zebco just like the Zebco Cardinals said by ABU. I have 2 boxes of 20 black 202 reels each and there are 7 types, which I’ll list in order and try to give an approximate time frame for each. Now I have to do some displays for the history. Type 5 Black 202: This reel had selective anti-reverse, like its big brother the 404. Yesterday however, Tom calls me and tells me "Johnny, you need to view this article on the 202". Very well put! I told him that at least I had 2 1/2 years seniority age wise since I will be 69 in May and he won’t be 67 till Nov. LOL I was 8 when I first saw a Black Zebco 33 that dad bought and got to use it 2 years later when dad bought the ‘57 model and let 10 year old me and my 6 1/2 year old brother, Dick, have the ‘55 model. with nothing to do, I had my son bring me my laptop and I started a lot of blogs and have never gotten them finished. The Type 2 had the 20 point pickup spinner head. Tom Modesitt also has a bunch of info that I’m going to try to get copies of. All but 2 are cracked, like top right or the drag wheel is completely broken off. I got these boxes from John S. in 1988 or 89 when I was selling him harness worms that I make. The next set has the Center Shaft apart and notice the 2 Nylon Washers and the Lock washer Retainer. Most of these 6’s have 14/35 gears which comes out 2.5-1 ratio. I used them for catfishing well into my adult years. I have bought both of these from Zebco. Zebco Zero Bomb Spincast Reel. The all red 205 shown is unique in the respect that there is no number on the reel itself just on the box and paperwork. I think the next box is the two piece sleeve box that is shown on the back page of the 1968 catalog along with a 33 and 606. I do want to add that those I recognized taught me a lot and I’m sure some of those I did not recognize did the same. Chad B.: I second the motion here Paul! that-zebco-guy: The 1966 model of the 202 did have an anti-reverse and it was only done 1 year for what ever reason. You can also include your phone # so we can talk about it to make sure I get all the parts you need. I love the challenge of catching fish with old spin cast reels. Unless the wrong is corrected over enough time it becomes accepted as correct. Excellent information! Paul and Chad, unless we have met in person or talked at length on the phone I have no idea how you would judge a person in the way you just did with out knowing the facts. I have been amazed at the durability of these reels and the lack of broken parts in reels that would hardly crank. Flatfish: I’m very appreciative of you knowledgeable guys for sharing so much here. This truly is a very impressive article. Your article here brings back a lot of memories and nostalgia, but also adds some interesting and beneficial knowledge. They were produced by Zebco. VINTAGE ZEBCO 202 INTERNAL PARTS #BT-298 CRAZY LOW PRICES. Paul. that zebco guy: Ike’s reel was a standard not a 33. I wonder if it was and end or production model before they went into full production of the model 2. Your attention to detail consistently amazes me! Dick Braun said they aren’t Zebcos since they are unmarked, but most of us thought they are part Zebco history since they were made by Zebco for them. So we think that they would have sent the president a 33, what do you think ? And here are 3 more with no dates, The one on the left is a nice looking color combo. Anything you need to know about Zebco, Jim can tell you down to a T! 2 Vintage Black & White Zebco 202 Spincast Freshwater Never Used Original Boxs I got my first Zebco- A 404- when I was in my early 20’s and have been a fan ever since. The Boy Scout reel is just the reverse of colors so the Boy Scout white emblem would show up on the red back cover. I know you invited me to view this some months back and I along with my wife were having some serious health issues and I did not get to it. hi, im not certain that there is a way to specifically date your zebco 33. the first model 33 were introduced in late 1954 or early 1955, at that time the company would still have been using the name zero hour bomb company. Positive Line Pick-Up. ttfaber: Great post dustyjoe! This blog is great and very informative. I know this for a fact! They clean up easily, seem pretty well made and are still working some after 50 years! On the left is a 14 / 35 tooth set and on the right a 12 / 30 set. The Zebco 202 “Zee Bee” seen in the images above could have been manufactured anytime from 1965 to 75. He sent me a page out of a book about Zebco which makes it sound like the reel was indeed a 33. The one on the left is the original design and I have (2) of them. Lol I couldn’t afford a boat then but I think they sold the rod Nd reel set for maybe $12.00? These were the years that Zebco made these all black 202s. I wish I still had the old thing! I need a white thumb stop for a black 404. I told him that at least I had 2 1/2 years seniority age wise since I will be 69 in May and he won’t be 67 till Nov. LOL I was 8 when I first saw a Black Zebco 33 that dad bought and got to use it 2 years later when dad bought the ‘57 model and let 10 year old me and my 6 1/2 year old brother, Dick, have the ‘55 model. The Center Shafts are different, but the pinion gears are the same with the exception of the 33 & 44 where the gear is made on the shaft. Here are 4 styles of crank-handle nuts used on 202’s and other Zebco reels. Zebco reels are certainly worthy of collecting and anybody who fishes probably has had one or more. Stainless Steel, Straight Line Drag, Line Capacity 4 lb. I’m very appreciative of you knowledgeable guys for sharing so much here. The 4 notch spinner head is rare and was only used the 1st year of production. As a final kick in the rear, later Zebco released the model 270 with their name on it. Dick Braun, that-zebco-guy. This reel comes in the orginal box that shows some shelf wear. Other than the appearance, all parts are identical and interchangeable. there was a rod/reel combo, the reel by it’s self didn’t come in a box and no paperwork either. Thank you for all of your work here on Zebco info. Can send picture if it would help. Whether you're curious or serious about fishing, the reel that taught America to fish makes it easy. 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