Show off your OG Zillion

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by O26A » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:13 am

Thanks, I wish I could take better pics of that black zillion. So much nicer in person

The 50th has a 90mm RCS crank handle.
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by hzzhangc » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:18 pm

My favorite two
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:54 pm

hzzhangc wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:18 pm
My favorite two
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The Deps with a blue emblem is a combo you don’t see often. =D> Even more awesome if it one of the few rare 36mm's. Either way I gotta try my spacers out.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by hzzhangc » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:10 pm

domthewon wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:54 pm
hzzhangc wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:18 pm
My favorite two
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The Deps with a blue emblem is a combo you don’t see often. =D> Even more awesome if it one of the few rare 36mm's. Either way I gotta try my spacers out.
Haha the spacer just makes zillion more playful. Gonna try BFS zillion this summer.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Drew03cmc » Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:10 pm

May I ask an honest question? Does the gold ring on the guide serve a purpose other than beauty? I'm getting a reel that the ring is gone, but the price was really good, so I bought it anyway. I see Gary has guides for $17.99, so not too big a deal, but figured I'd ask.
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Slazmo » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:00 am

Drew03cmc wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:10 pm
May I ask an honest question? Does the gold ring on the guide serve a purpose other than beauty? I'm getting a reel that the ring is gone, but the price was really good, so I bought it anyway. I see Gary has guides for $17.99, so not too big a deal, but figured I'd ask.
Yes it's Titanium Nitride coated - not sure what base it is Zircon or other but it is impervious to line wear - if it's not there line will cut through the plastic carrier pretty quick.

Replace it.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Drew03cmc » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:01 am

Thanks. I was planning to order it and send it to my guy for ceramics and carbontex as well. It'll be a sweet chatterbait reel.
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Slazmo » Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:11 pm

Only Zillion I've managed to snare is a decent 50th anniversary - low production number. The front chrome nose piece chrome peeled off so that was replaced with a J-Dream nose as that's all I could get here in Australia...
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I'd have heaps more in my little collection, but for the fact that a trashed and completely corroded out specimen still goes for $200 and up isn't my cup o' tea...

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by MountainMan 83 » Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:19 pm

Slazmo wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:11 pm
Only Zillion I've managed to snare is a decent 50th anniversary - low production number. The front chrome nose piece chrome peeled off so that was replaced with a J-Dream nose as that's all I could get here in Australia...

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I'd have heaps more in my little collection, but for the fact that a trashed and completely corroded out specimen still goes for $200 and up isn't my cup o' tea...
It's definitely the version I see most wanting way too much money for. Do you know how many were made?

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Slazmo » Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:37 pm

Well there were 3 versions of the 50th made the USDM, JDM and that Tackle Shop's own green version if I'm correct in memory.

I've asked around a fair bit for how many were made but no-one ever had a solid answer, nor did anyone want to disclose their build number to a list?

Enough 0's there for an extremely large build batch though...

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Sore Thumb » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:14 pm

On the JDM site, first number in the display reel looks like an 8. Given the price they sold for in Oz when first released, I dont think it was really a limited release. Serial number may mean a few things, such as batch number, country of distribution etc. When first released in Australia, they were under Au300, making them one of the cheapest Zillions.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by LowRange » Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:43 am

Drew03cmc wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:10 pm
May I ask an honest question? Does the gold ring on the guide serve a purpose other than beauty? I'm getting a reel that the ring is gone, but the price was really good, so I bought it anyway. I see Gary has guides for $17.99, so not too big a deal, but figured I'd ask.
Is it gone or just a different color? The Megabass IP reels have a ceramic insert that is is dark grey color.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by bronzefly » Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:52 am

domthewon wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:54 pm
hzzhangc wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:18 pm
My favorite two
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The Deps with a blue emblem is a combo you don’t see often. =D> Even more awesome if it one of the few rare 36mm's. Either way I gotta try my spacers out.
Very nice =D> That Deps Zillion is one of my favorites and yours is unique.

Hey Dom - the 36mm blue isn't ported, so the one pictured here is a standard BE with spacers... The non-ported 36mm must be the rarest of all the old ZPI spools!
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:02 am

bronzefly wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:52 am
domthewon wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:54 pm
hzzhangc wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:18 pm
My favorite two
2.jpg1.jpg
The Deps with a blue emblem is a combo you don’t see often. =D> Even more awesome if it one of the few rare 36mm's. Either way I gotta try my spacers out.
Very nice =D> That Deps Zillion is one of my favorites and yours is unique.

Hey Dom - the 36mm blue isn't ported, so the one pictured here is a standard BE with spacers... The non-ported 36mm must be the rarest of all the old ZPI spools!
I haven’t seen one pictured for quite a while, but I do know of someone who has one. Wink wink nudge nudge. :lol:

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Drew03cmc » Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:05 pm

LowRange wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:43 am
Drew03cmc wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:10 pm
May I ask an honest question? Does the gold ring on the guide serve a purpose other than beauty? I'm getting a reel that the ring is gone, but the price was really good, so I bought it anyway. I see Gary has guides for $17.99, so not too big a deal, but figured I'd ask.
Is it gone or just a different color? The Megabass IP reels have a ceramic insert that is is dark grey color.
It was gone. I passed on it. Gonna start looking elsewhere.
Andy

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