I'm David _Kelsey an engineer from Seattle, WA. I grew up in the back of a 1915 Hudson touring and remember dropping the pan in a park on one of our big multi-state trips to take up the rods. I bought my first car about thirty years ago at the age of 9 (it was the leavings of a package deal with Cord ...sadly the Cord was outside the means of a 9 year old). I always liked the lines of the Royale and once I heard one run I was hooked. I've been looking for the right car for ever since.
Welcome David. Keep us posted on your search. The red sedan might not be a bad deal but as Kirk pointed out the low res pictures show some issues. Still if it is running and driving and not a rot box it might not be a bad deal. Also you should consider joining the REO club as that would be a great resource for finding a car.
My name is Juha Kaitanen. I am not eally a Royale driver. I own two Model G Reos from 1926. One is 4D Sedan and the other is 2tn truck - Heavy Duty Speed Wagon. Besides my Reos I am interested in other passenger cars manufactured by Reo Motor Car Co.
Two Reo Royales from 1931 - 8-31- were imported to Finland. One went to Vyborg. Now parts of Russia. The other was used by our prime minister as his official vehicle. This Royale had a body made by Murray. The body of this Reo is still in there. The chassis, hood, radiator etc are all gone. The owner of the Reo body would very much to rebuild this fine Reo although it is beyond restoration. In order to do the rebuilding he would need complete unrestored other Reo. We have been trying to find such car with no luck. Is anybody out there able to advice us in a way or other?
I think you posted over on the AACA forum with pictures of the body. This would be a massive but worthwhile project since the car has a history in your country. As you probably know there are very few of the long wheelbase cars known to exist. However, I believe that mechanically they were identical to the 8-35 with the exception of the lengthened frame. If you were to purchase a complete but rough 8-35 you could extend the chassis for the long wheelbase body. There is a rough but complete 8-35 for sale in California that you could consider.
Thank you for your quick reply. As I told I do not own the body of the Royale - that is good because it would be too much work for me. Anyway - is the Royale in California still available and how to get more information or photos of the Reo.
Post by markgregory on Feb 14, 2015 21:20:06 GMT -6
Hi Juha , Welcome to the Forum . I emailed you a few years ago stating I used to own 1926 Reo T6 sedan also . They are very dependable cars . I now own a 1931 Royale in many pieces . Here is the place for your friend to get some help . I remember someone had some fenders or extra parts in Australia for you ? If you are the same person .
Thank you so much for your replies. I shall contact the owner of the Royale body here in Finland and ask if he still is planning to rebuild the car. To markgregory: Yes I am the same man. I also own Model G 2 tn truck - Heavy Duty Speed Wagon for which I am trying to find some crucial parts to get the lorry back to roads. Are the Royale parts in Australia?
Post by carguy1965 on Mar 12, 2015 20:19:42 GMT -6
Hello To All ,, Bill Eaton Here. Just got signed up. John has actually met me, and i have talked to Joe up in Canada on the phone.
I own a 1931 8-35 Rumble seat Coupe that was purchased brand new by my Great Uncle John.. Car is being professionally restored at this time.. I am the fellow that recently handled the running board rubber order from Wefco out in California.. Happy to be here, This should be better than overloading the ole in box !!
Post by jgphillips on Mar 12, 2015 22:38:13 GMT -6
Hi Bill. I thought you had joined the forum long ago. Joe A and I have done business with Bill and he is quite the gentleman and true to his word. Also, we thank you Bill for pursuing the lead on the running board rubber which I know was no easy feat. John
Post by carguy1965 on Mar 19, 2015 20:23:43 GMT -6
Well here goes if I can get these pictures to work.. These are shots of my car the day she arrived in my shop to begin tear down prior to going to the Resto shop.. I took her apart down to the last nut and bolt.. Letting the pros put here back together...
My instructions to my builder was I want the Nicest Royale Coupe that ever was.. And I think he is going to pull it off... No offense to anyone else car for sure.. All the Royales are some of the most beautiful cars ever built..
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
sasquatch60: Does someone out there know the ohms rating of a fuel sending element for a 30's vintage Royale?
Apr 26, 2019 3:38:47 GMT -6