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.