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    1936 Dodge Tie Rod

    Bud, I suspect that I meet the qualification you mentioned "of a certain age", unfortunately I have have not amassed a collection of printed material to use as a reference and therefore rely on the generosity of people like you and spinneyhill to fill in the blanks of my knowledge base which is quite large. Thanks for all the input. Now back to my tie rod end. My REO Mechanics Instruction Book (reprint) has a section devoted to the 1932 Model S and shows the exact tie rod end that I removed from my Model S with the comment that it is "slightly different" from the previous years. The next section is for the 1933 Model S2 and only shows items that are different from the Model S and makes no mention of the tie rod end so the presumption is they are the same for 32 and 33. I went to my local NAPA dealer and he pulled out one of those old yellowed catalogues you referred to and the only tie rod end listed that had .812x18 right and left hand threads was for a Chevy truck. ($60 ea.) I ordered a set and they match the dimensions spinneyhill noted above however the taper is smaller than the OE tie rod end. The Chevy has a small end dimension of .609 and the OE is .638. I installed them and it appears that the taper angle is the same as they fit tight in the steering arm and the taper does not extend above the arm. The only issue is that the cotter pin hole is above the castle nut when the nut is tightened. I resolved this with some spacers between the nut and steering arm and everything seems to work just fine. Now that I have that problem resolved I can get on with the brake and fuel system. Thanks for all the input. Steve
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    Optima 6V discontinued!

    Ask him to call and find out how many are in inventory and if they are in stock pass that information along. The ones that are out there may soon be gone because the factory is out of stock and does not know when they will have any. Steve
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    1936 Dodge Tie Rod

    Thank you. Where do you find all this information? Steve
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    1936 Dodge Tie Rod

    Spinneyhill, would you happen to have an interchange listing for the tie rod ends for a 1932 REO Model S? .812 x 18 male threads right and left hand.
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    Optima 6V discontinued!

    I talked to two people at Optima and they said they have no information on when they will be available. I was lucky, called JEGS last week and they had four in stock. I ordered two and got them. When I checked Monday they were out. Now for some possible good news. I have been in contact with Lifeline batteries and am trying to get approval for a 6 volt AGM Group 1 battery. They already have the design just need to know if there is a market. If your interested go to their website and use the contact link to let them know. If several people expressed interest I think they would make a run of them. http://lifelinebatteries.com/ Lifeline is a premium quality AGM battery used extensively in the marine and RV industry and AGM is the perfect battery for use in hard to access locations like many of our old cars. Steve Edit: this is my contact, send him a message: justin@lifelinebatteries.com
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    Air filter for 1932 REO Model S

    I agree, but if I could find a top half at least I’d have a filter. I really don’t want to put one of those dinky little chrome things on. Steve
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    1932-34 REO Coupe wanted

    A Royale would be ok also just want a coupe project car and prefer 32-34 time frame due to body styling and mechanical improvements. Steve
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    1932-34 REO Coupe wanted

    Disclaimer: I am NOT a REO expert, however the information I have was gleaned from reliable sources. Others with more accurate information are encouraged to correct my post. It it is my understanding that REO introduced the Model S in 1932 as a budget model with a 117” wheelbase to try to save the company. The 1932 car has a 230 Cu. In. 6 cylinder engine with the generator driven by the fan belt instead of the timing chain as previous models. In 1933 they installed a 268 Cu. In. engine and made a few mechanical improvements and called it an S2 model. In 1934 there was a S2 standard and a S3 deluxe model. That’s all I know and am not 100% sure of the accuracy of the above statements. I have a 1932 Model S Sport Sedan (dual side mounts) and am looking for a companion coupe. Steve
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    Replace brake line question

    You guys have provided me with a lot of good information and I really appreciate it but please play nice. Everybody has their own “best way”. I can assure you that I’ve done lots of things others think are totally unnecessary but when I get through I’m confident that it will be as good or better than it was when I started and it makes me happy. 😊 Steve
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    Replace brake line question

    Thanks Paul, great information. Increased my knowledge base. Steve
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    1932-34 REO Coupe wanted

    I would like to find a restorable 32-34 REO coupe project car. Prefer Model S but will consider other models and years. I’m posting this on several forums hoping someone has one for sale or knows someone who does. I need a project to keep me busy for the next two or three years. Any leads will be appreciated. Thanks, Steve 731-796-0848
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    Replace brake line question

    Thanks Paul, what’s a good source? Steve
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    Replace brake line question

    1932 REO with 1/4” copper lines and I want to replace them with steel/SS/cu-nickel. What do you recommend? There’s some pretty tight bends involved. I intend to buy the proper tools for the job. Steve
  14. Original style preferred but I really don’t know what one looks like. My car has the bottom half of an oil bath filter so just the top half would be better than nothing. I’ve been told this may not be original. Bowl diameter is 7 3/4”. Steve
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    Water pump rebuild with ceramic seal

    The machinist machines out the area where the packing goes and installs the seal. I found Dan Koehler’s name on another forum and called him. He explained what he did so I sent him my pump today. $300 bucks includes new bearing. Call him 920-221-0427. Steve