So I got the call to bring my car into the restoration shop tomorrow. The shop I use is a friend I've known since I was 16 working as an apprentice in the same place. I'm happy to get some stuff done on one hand but of course writing checks tempers that enthusiasm. We are going to go through the mechanics first and then I'll start thinking about cosmetic issues.
No, I started it when it came off the trailer and drove it the 1000 feet or so to my garage. I've started it and backed it out of the garage a few times. Once we rebuilt/cleaned the carb it is running much better. Choked it will start in about 3 or 4 spins. I have about 15 items on the list. When we are done it should be fully sorted for driving and presentable for local shows.
Those Trippe lights were expensive. A friend in Maryland said their was a pair of lights in his attic that looked like they w belonged on the Royale. He gave them to me and dad put them on. Agreed with the simplification of that beautiful front.
I have not found an original operators manual for my car yet so I purchased the one that Aurthur Miller (autolit.com) has been advertising on eBay for some time. It is marked as a manual for N1/N2 and stamped REO factory 1951 inside. I assume the factory was continuing to print manuals have car production stopped.
Flipping through it I'm guessing that they didn't change very much from the earlier printing to the last ones. It looks useful. I will continue to look for a 1931 version.
So I went over to the shop at lunch today. Here is an update
1. The door handles are all straight now which is nice because it was driving me crazy.
2. The thermostat was obviously original and shot, Brian Joseph has them for 375 exchange but I'm not sure mine is exchangeable.
3. We are going to remove the wiring harness which is also original and have a new one made.
4. The exhaust leak was because of a snapped bolt on a the heat valve that was patched with a radiator hose clamp. That is now fixed.
5. New fuel pump is mounted and we are running the lines for a 3lb pass through electric at the gas tank.
6. We are pulling the radiator and having it boiled. There is silicon patchwork around upper tube and it looks like it has never been out of the car.
7. The rear interior has been removed to fix the rear door latches which are loose and not properly latching the doors.
8. The paint company is showing up tomorrow with a 100k color capture tool to match the paint. The colors on the car have metallic and are not the original colors. I'm looking for some original paint somewhere on the car and believe it to be a deep dark red (towards brown) non metallic. For now the car will stay the colors it has.
7. I'm looking at replacing all lights with LED conversion kits.
A J, A number of years ago Harnesses Unlimited, Box 435, Wayne, PA 19087 ( 610-688-3998 ) did my wiring harness for the Royale Victoria. I would think that with the exception of the two lights in the upper rear corners in the interior and the extra length maybe for the tail light that this harness would be the same for your car. I have no idea if they are still in business but my harness fit perfectly.
I am not familiar with a LED conversion kit. Is it for the headlights and tail lights?
Try [email protected] again, should come through fine, everything else does. If it still won't deliver, let me know where to send the digital photos of each page of the REO Marksman and I'll get right to it.
I'm probably going to use them too. There are 3 vendors that all get pretty good reviews. The issue is the dash which is located back about 4 inches further in the chassis because of the longer hood. When I talked to the guys in California, they build their harness to within an inch of tolerance so many of the wires will not reach. I'm removing the harness and shipping it to them so they can take their Victoria spec and lengthen as appropriate.
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
Apr 24, 2015 13:38:30 GMT -6
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.
Jan 17, 2016 10:57:38 GMT -6
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)
Aug 20, 2016 13:49:41 GMT -6
JohnGPhillips: The spam topics and offending users have been removed. Apologies to all.
Aug 14, 2018 11:36:56 GMT -6
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.
Aug 22, 2018 15:02:20 GMT -6
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.
Feb 22, 2019 12:08:45 GMT -6