Bulldog wanted a new thread so I'll share some pictures of an Abu Ambassadeur 5000D Baitcaster I picked up at a pawn shop this summer. See this post for that good news/ bad news story :https://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6165
Anyway, it's model 5000D, the "D" stands for direct drive. There is a drag control, but like a fly reel, the handle will turn backwards when the line is stripped.
I emailed Garcia with the serial # and they told me these reels were produced between 1974 and 1977. They also sent me a schematic for the reel and a PDF file of a catalog listing for this model. This was less than 3 hours after I contacted them! Great customer service. I'd like to link or post the PDF, but I don't know how to.
I've read alot about these reels (Abu's in general) in magazines and online and I've never heard a bad word said about them. Guess I got a good one.
I cleaned and lubed it, filled it up with line and it's ready to fish. I have zero experience with bait casters, so I lawn casted it before the only time I fished it (skunked). I thought I got strange looks lawn casting a fly rod, boy they really look at ya wierd when you're out chucking a baitcasting rig in the yard.
Again, I love green.
Thanks for looking, Tom.