A friend of mine is still looking for parts car or separate spare parts for his Reo Royale Limousine (Murrey) from 1931. Hopefully someone out there has some parts to spare: frame, front fenders, gauges etc.. This Royale was formely used by the prime minister of Finland in 1930´s.
To what extent parts are exchangeable with other Reo models or different makes? With this knowledge it could be easier to find missing parts.
Juha Kaitanen Finland
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2017 20:41:40 GMT -6 by alsancle
I am assuming that this is a 8-52 Royale. I have only seen one of these but I am fairly sure that front door forward is the same as a 8-35. From the center door post back to the rear bumpers the chassis and body is lengthened 17".n I think that the rear section of the body is the same as a 8-35 sedan. The difference is from the back of the front seat to the front of the rear seat. It is in that area that the body is lengthened to accommodate the jump seats. I think that the front doors, hood (bonnet) fenders, and bumpers are all the same as the 8-35. I think the rear doors are wider than the 8-35 but am not certain about that,
I think the best thing would be to find a parts car. Buying the pieces one at a time will be very expensive. There is one known 8-52 that is an intact car and it is owned by a Reo Club of America member who I think lives in Michigan. You might want to contact him for pictures of his car.
There are photo's on the web site www.edsoldiron.net of the 1932 REO Royale 8-52 here in Michigan. As discussed parts should be interchangeable between most REO Royales 8-31, 8-35 and 8-52. Hope this helps.
Thank you for all the good information and photos. I shall forward them to Mr. Timo Mäkinen - the owner of the Royale body. I shall be following this forum closer from nowon. We are happy to hear about any tips that would help this rebuilding project.
There is one part 1933 Royale for sale in Georgia - just frame, body and axles. Do these parts differ much from the parts used in 1931 models?
The 33 has the slanted radiator, and depending on short vs long wheelbase the hoods might not work either. Best to hold out for a 31/32 8-35 sedan as you will simply have to lengthen the chassis and everything else will work including much of the interior.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2017 15:16:35 GMT -6 by alsancle
Thank you again for your reply and good information. This is a good learning process for me, too. I would like to learn more about excangeability of parts between different models of Reo automobiles and trucks. That would be good information also for my Model G projects from 1926.
Did they use any common parts on Flying Clouds and Royale during years 1931-1932?
Post by markgregory on Jan 19, 2017 14:24:08 GMT -6
Juha the best person I know who can help you out is Joe Asuchak in Alberta , Canada . I asked him which Flying Cloud parts would work on the Royale . Joe says the Royale fenders are rolled and the Flying Cloud fenders have beads on the edges . The biggest frame the Flying Cloud had was the 8 - 30 . 8 for cylinders and 30 for 130 inches from centre of axle to centre of axle . You could always cut the frame in the middle and add 22 inches to it ? Joe would also be able to tell you what other mechanical parts would fit . Joe is a Reo member listed in the Reo directory . Mark
Thank you for this reply also. I guess I have to write a letter to Joe since he seems not to have email. Joe could also be best person go get some measurements of frame, doors etc. Has anybody patterns for body woods or has somebody made some extra pieces of them?
tim: Mark my hood is complete and you are welcome to examine when you come over to Michigan. Also, the chrome strip or stainless stops at the rear of hood. Does not go to the windshield
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davidsnow: Just saying hello as a new member. Thank you to John Phillips for reaching out and letting me know about the forum. I live in Wisconsin and have been in the REO club for several years. My wife and I currently are serving as custodians of REO merchandise.
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harley: My attempt at creating a thread with an attachment of the Royale stationary does not seem to allow the attachment to open for view. What did I not do correctly? This is my first time on a forum so it is all new to me. (Harley)
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lovecars1: My Father owned a 1931 Reo Royale 8 that once belonged to Premier Hepburne of Ontario Canada in the 1930s,my Dad owned this car in Kingston,Ontario in the mid to late 1940s.I remember him saying it was horrendous on fuel.
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coley: Hi John and Mark. Coley here. Making more REO door handles. I need to find a supplier for the lock cylinder and keys for the outer locking door handles for a 1930 flying cloud and others. Or a handle with keys.
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