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    1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Our local fire department has a 1929 Reo Fire Truck that we use for parades and various events. The truck was restored completely years ago but the problem is that sometime the engine was replaced and nobody remembers what engine was put in it. The only casting numbers or markings that I can find so far is IFA and CWC. Can anyone tell me what these markings stand for? Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by bodyman817 View Post
    Our local fire department has a 1929 Reo Fire Truck that we use for parades and various events. The truck was restored completely years ago but the problem is that sometime the engine was replaced and nobody remembers what engine was put in it. The only casting numbers or markings that I can find so far is IFA and CWC. Can anyone tell me what these markings stand for? Any help is appreciated.
    Can you post photos of the engine for a better I.D.?
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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Yes I will take some pictures and post them.

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    Here are some pictures of the engine that is in the reo.

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Can anyone help me identify this engine?

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    It looks like it has a flat area surrounding the head that would seat a valve cover.
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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Hi!

    The engine in the photo is so called improved T6 engine. T6 engine was in production from 1920 to 1926. After this came improved T6 engine. I guess this engine was used from 1927 to 1928. T6 engine has both side (exhaust) and overhead (intake) valves. Among other things earlier T6 engine has multiplate cluch and chain driven starter. Later T6 engine has single plate cluch and modern type starter. Intake valvesare covered with sheet metal cover.


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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by keiser31 View Post
    It looks like it has a flat area surrounding the head that would seat a valve cover.

    Yes there is a valve cover that is held down by 4 clamps.

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by Juha Paavo Kaita View Post
    Hi!

    The engine in the photo is so called improved T6 engine. T6 engine was in production from 1920 to 1926. After this came improved T6 engine. I guess this engine was used from 1927 to 1928. T6 engine has both side (exhaust) and overhead (intake) valves. Among other things earlier T6 engine has multiplate cluch and chain driven starter. Later T6 engine has single plate cluch and modern type starter. Intake valvesare covered with sheet metal cover.


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    Juha Kaitanen
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    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    that is like the origional engine in the 1926 speedwqgon that i am working on. It is a continental f head and that is all i have been able to learn about it our truck is unrestored and completely origional when we started it had no distributor or distributor drive.......now running after 50 years

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    The engine in the photo is manufactured by Reo Motor Co. It is not Continental. Reo used first Continental engines in Wolverines in 1927 and 1928. Later they were used on Flying Clouds. Also this engine is not the same used in 1926 Reo Speedwagons. The engine in the photo is improved T6 with single dish clutch. In 1926 gear box and engine were two different units and the clutch was multidisk (13 disk) type. Is your Speedwagon Heavy Duty?

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    Juha Kaitanen

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    Re: 1929 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck

    The wrong carb is on the motor also, looks like a Carter BB-1.

    Marv.

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    I was kinda thinking something was different about the carb because theres an adapter plate between the carb and intake.

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