Per Thyren

What year is this REO engine, and what model was it in?

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Per Thyren    1

Found this engine here in Sweden. REOs are extremely rare here, maybe we have a handful. The story about the engine is that a farmer bought it during WW2, only for using the axels in order to build a trailer (cars where rather worthless here during WW2, since gasoline was on ration and the army had seized the most commonly sized car tires). The farmer kept booth the engine and body in his barn. Someone bought the body in 1959, but the engine remained. My question: What year is the engine, and what model was it mounted in? It is a straight eight, flathead. I can read REO and CLOUD on the side (maybe there are more letters behind an oil filter container (I believe it is). Plate reads R800-977. 

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oldford    25

To my knowledge, the REO Flying Cloud only came in an 8 cylinder in 31, 32,  33.  Either the model 8-25 or the 8-21.

 

Frank

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Per Thyren    1

Ok, -thank´s! With your information I searched photos on the net. A 1931 Flying Cloud 8-30 came up, and there I recognise the rims (steel spoke) and hubcaps that I found near the engine. So, it feels like I am getting close! But there is no way to date the engine from the number on that plate?

 

Per

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oldford    25

The only Reo's that used Continental engines were the Wolverine and the Mate. Flying Clouds and Royales used engines designed and built by Reo.

 

Frank

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Mark Gregory    44

Hello Frank , The Wolverine used a 6 cylinder Continental 15E motor and the Mate used a 6 cylinder Continental 16E motor . The Flying Cloud also used a 8 cylinder Continental motor . I do not know the model number . The Royale had a 8 cylinder Reo motor made from chrome - nickel . 125 hp and 358 cu inch .

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oldford    25

You probably know more than I regarding Reo's but to my knowledge, the only 8 cylinder Flying Clouds were 31 and 32, Models 8-21 and 8-25. Both of these used the 8 cylinder Reo engine made from Chrome-Nickel. They were 268 cu in, one had 85 Hp and the other had 90 Hp at 3200 rpm. The models 6-21 and 6-25 used Continental engines. Of course, my sources may have it wrong.

 

Frank

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Bud Tierney    33

Looks like you both may be right, at least partly...

While Std Cat doesn't mention Continental under the Reo 8s, it's not really an engine manual...

The R800 was one of Cont'ls oddly designated engines---most of the period followed cylinder number and displacement or the passenger car 15E, 16E, 6Y, 7U  type designations...

There were a few "even hundred number" engines---A400, C600, K600, your R800, S800 etc...(why, I don't know)...

A 1933 Perfect Circle ring catalog does list a Cont (but without any Cont'l designation) for Reo 8-21 and 8-25 models 1931-32, with models 31 and 35 using their own 8cyl..

It may well be Cont'l provided their R800 tweaked to Reo specs...I'll dig around a little and advise...

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Bud Tierney    33

OK, uou'll need to prostrate yourself before the font of all wisdom re' obsolete Cont'ls---Garrad (Gerry/Jerry/Gerald) Moon at Monte's Eqpmt NW of Chicago, obsolete Cont'l dealers. Seriously, he's always helpful or sympathetic...

A 36 engine parts catalog lists the R800 as using the same piston ass/bly as the Cont'ls 14S, 15S, 16S, 18S and 21S, and that set of specs perfectly matches specs for same ass/bly for Reo 8-21, 8-25 31-32...

R800 valves are by themselves but match the Reo valves perfectly...

Unfortunately no bearings are listed for Cont'l R800

I don't doubt that 977 is actual serial #...

So take off all other stamped/embossed letters, numbers and email with tag info

garradmoom@montes@flash.net or montesequipment.com...but don't expect any parts to be available; those 8Cyl Ss were in stuff like upscale Jordans, Moons (no relation) Stuts, etc, desperatety sought after by restorers......

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Per Thyren    1

Thanks to you all for information! As far as I have found, there is only one straight 8 Reo in Sweden. Trying to locate it now. Guess my engine will just never come in use again, but it is really nice just to look at! Just got it out of the storage it was in for many years.

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