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What would it take to transform a very solid 1933 REO sedan into an Olympic sedan? I know it would take a good Franklin engine. (adaptation engine to transmission?) A grille. Badges. Small dashboard changes. What else?

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Why would you want to do this? I think there may be more Olympic sedans surviving than REOs.

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The question is partly theoretical, though there is a nice 33 REO for sale on the HCCA website. But when I was putting together my 33 coupe last year, I wondered what the sum differences were. As I understand it, all Franklin did was change engine, grille, hood, lights and the “F” on the dashboard. Is that all?

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Why would anyone wish to destroy a good REO, take a Franklin engine and body parts out of circulation, spend a lot of money on bodywork and frame conversion to create a worthless bastard that's neither Franklin or REO.

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8 hours ago, Povertycove said:

The question is partly theoretical, though there is a nice 33 REO for sale on the HCCA website. But when I was putting together my 33 coupe last year, I wondered what the sum differences were. As I understand it, all Franklin did was change engine, grille, hood, lights and the “F” on the dashboard. Is that all?

The headlights get moved further up and forward. The front apron under the hood front gets cut. An Olympic specific bell housing will be needed, and well as an Olympic instrument panel. I had thought about doing this with a REO truck if I could find one, but it would have to be a very rough truck to justify bastardizing it. The REO truck enthusiasts would kill me.

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Thanks, Steve. That’s what I needed to know. Ive been curious about what the Syracuse factory had to do to make the conversion.

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The factory engineered  the adaption from Reo to Olympic for $5000.  Just so you know.

 

Gordon

 

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