Thead Carriage Mod - PacBay/Forecast/ALPS

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  1. Wiseguy

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    Thought I'd share this simple modification I did yesterday to my forecast wrapper. Quite some time ago I upgraded the chuck to the ALPS chuck, and thought that that was the best mod yet...well it sure was but I still needed to upgrade my carriage to a horizontal like style and able to do 4 thread tigers, minimum...so here it is.

    I found the jamb bracket at my local Home Depot and the various hardware also. Very simple modification that fit the stock carriage like a glove! That wheel I had installed some time ago and what a difference that made also, no more bumping the carriage off track for whatever reason. I'll let the photos do the talking. Hope this helps someone out.

    I sure wish the factory power wrappers like PacBay/Forecast/ALPS came with this style of carriage.

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    Great mod!

    I'm going to be tinkering in the shop this weekend with this in mind, thanks!
     
  3. Good Wraps Bob

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    Jimmy thanks for sharing
     
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    Nice one Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. john mc

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    Nice job Jimmy.
     
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  6. Good Wraps Bob

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    On both may Batson and PacBay thread carriages I also placed a center wheel to balance the carriage it makes them run smoother.
     
  7. john mc

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    This one took several prototypes to get the wheels just right wraps front-side or backside

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  8. gecsr1

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    Started a 4 spool thread carrier...

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    cmepen I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Where did you acquire the springs for the tension?
     
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    I got my springs at Home Depot in the hardware department.
     
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    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Mine were from Lowes. and I must say they have a poor selection, I bought 2 springs and made the 4..
    Also the use of thrust bearing eliminates the thumb screw from turning, loosening or even tightening, it;s sandwiched between two washers , one fixed to the thumb screw and one against the thread spool... works great.
    I will make another carriage for it still working out what material and design
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I'm going to do this mod to mine next. Great ideas guys!
     
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    What are you mounting it to?
     
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    Here is a very nice set up using magnets
    Think I will try my hand at building one

    You Tube


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    Hit the rewind button to watch the video bottom left corner
     
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    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    either a piece of aluminum flat or Plastic / starboard type of material.

    I like that magnetic one in the video as well... thats very nice...
     
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    Very nice Jimmy...world of difference from the stock carriage I bet. Clean looking too
     
  17. Wiseguy

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    Glad my post has inspired to modify the standard thread carriage that that come with these wrappers. Liking the magnet idea!
     
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    thank you jimmy for starting the post i am going for the magnets myself well post when i have it built
     
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    Where do you think you can get the magnets from ?
     
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