Mike Mahar

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  1. 1913 REO

    It's alive! After spending fifty some years in a barn the REO runs again. One of nice things about being retired is you have time for a project like this. Still have a list of engine issues but I know it runs and don’t think it needs babbit work or major machining. This car has only twenty-eight thousand miles on it. Well, here’s the list of what it took to get it to run; some of the repair where per good advice from fellow AACA member’s. 1. Replaced all the rocker arm roller with Delrin plastic, I think it had Phenolic, the rollers are not metal. 2. Reset valve clearances, several times. Intake .008” / Exhaust .010” 3. Rebuilt the Dixie 44 magneto, the original was a Grey Davis generator/distributor/magneto. The original wiring is still on the car! 4. Made a new magneto support bracket. The retro fitted one, when the Dixie Mag was installed had alignment issues. See photo. 5. Repaired the preheat intake tube (I am not sure what to name it) the internal copper tube had a split. I assume it wasn’t drained properly one winter! See photo. 6. Rebuilt the Mag to engine coupling. Another earlier repair! 7. Removed and replaced the connecting rod bolts with grade 8 bolts. Two of the connecting rods had excessive play, one over .100 (for you metric guy 4 mm). That was a major failure waiting to happen! 8. Rebuilt the carburetor, that still has issues. Leaks and consistent float level. I never had a carb where you can watch the float level. 9. Removed oil pan plugs and front to rear pan pipe. Removed as much sludge as I could scrap out and made a new oil screen. Now the pipe leaks a slow drip. The plugs are some really chewed up brass. See photo. 10. Repaired the ignition wire tube and replaced all the wires. See photo.
  2. 1921 Willys Knight

    Greg, Did you buy W-K Model 20? FYI; I own one. Does it run? Mike
  3. What do these lamps belong on?

    Nice find. Any manufacture name or mark on them?
  4. 1913 REO

    1913 REO as is pictures. Yea, I bought the 1913 REO, it cried out to me, so I bought it. Vehicle was stored in Chivington's, Marion Ohio, auto sales showroom till sometime in the 60's. Then in a barn! I saw the REO in Craiglist ad and it called out to me! Has some earlier repairs and modification, also all the brass was taken off the car at some time, lights, gas generator, etc. Two guys from Marion sold it to me; one was into antique motorcycles and the other had a collection of tractors. Then bought at an estate sale. And like a lot or "restores", I am looking for a few parts. My plan is to see if I can get it to run and hopefully I don't need to pull the engine apart for babbitt and machining. If you would like a photos of any particular item or detail that I didn't include, just ask. I have already been in contact with several AACA members and their in put and advise have been an engine saver! Currently; the Dixie 44 Magneto - what came with the vehicle - has been rebuilt and ready for installation. The rocker arm roller have been removed and replaced. The carburetor has been cleaned and needs seals/gaskets and reassembled / reinstalled. So there is still a list of items to address before I even try to start this vehicle. The rod cap bolts need to be inspected and possible replaced, oil pickup screen cleaned. See if it will hold coolant . So I am counting on all the old brass car guys to wisdom and experience to help me out with this project. See attached, Mike