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Does anyone know some of the history on REO?


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#1 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

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Posted December 20, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Curious if any of you guys know any history on the Reo reel mowers? 



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Posted December 20, 2014 - 11:43 AM

I was just looking for the same thing this week as I traded for  a reo motor that i was supposed to pick up yesterday.The wife had other plans for me so i have not made it yet.

This is what i found

http://www.reolawnmo...om/history.html


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Posted December 20, 2014 - 12:12 PM

This post has been promoted to an article: REO Motors History


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Posted December 20, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Wow! Very nice article.
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Posted December 20, 2014 - 03:53 PM

Ben, that needs to be an article on GTtalk's home page. Very well written and a great source on information. Thank you for your researching and writing it.
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Posted December 20, 2014 - 05:42 PM

I read some on them when I found and bought this running motor. I never researched it to see what it was used for. I need to find a breather for it.

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Posted December 20, 2014 - 05:44 PM

That right there is one of the infamous Flying Cloud engines, Tom. 

 

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Posted December 20, 2014 - 05:54 PM

Thanks.  Don't guess I should run it to much then. I usually crank it about every 3 months. It runs and idles fairly well.


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Posted December 20, 2014 - 07:13 PM

Thanks.  Don't guess I should run it to much then. I usually crank it about every 3 months. It runs and idles fairly well.

 

No, it doesn't mean that.  It is actually rare to find one today with the damage, most were recalled and replaced successfully. 

 

If you take off the gearbox, the washer there should have a little tab on it to catch a part of the casting on either the aluminum housing or the engine block.  If it has that tab, it is all a-ok.

 

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Posted December 20, 2014 - 07:32 PM

I'll hang a tag on it with the name and a note to check it also. That was one of my weekend finds at a flea market. This was the other one I bought that day from the same man.

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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:18 AM

I have known about the REO trucks from driving truck myself. Used to see a few of them on the road. Granted I haven't driven for over 7 years now but towards the end of me driving I would see a REO truck once in a while doing yard work. I always though they were cool looking trucks. I never made the connection between the truck and the mowers until your article and it dawned on me. Thanks for posting a great article Ben.


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 08:28 AM

I have known about the REO trucks from driving truck myself. Used to see a few of them on the road. Granted I haven't driven for over 7 years now but towards the end of me driving I would see a REO truck once in a while doing yard work. I always though they were cool looking trucks. I never made the connection between the truck and the mowers until your article and it dawned on me. Thanks for posting a great article Ben.

Did you ever drive one of these?

1921 OLDSMOBILE....      1st cousin to a REO

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Posted December 21, 2014 - 09:21 AM

Hey! We may be up in years, but not that far back!



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Posted December 23, 2014 - 07:51 AM

Did you ever drive one of these?
1921 OLDSMOBILE....      1st cousin to a REO

Yes, yes I have, when I worked at an Oldsmobile dealer years back, the owner had a few of them. He only trusted their care to 2 of the mechanics in the dealership.. Myself and the fellow that I worked next to. We had a blast working on them old machines!! Some were "crank start only" .. And with worm drive rears you could not tow them. I was a clever fellow, and made up an electric starter that went in the front just like the crank!! Boys it saved a lot of broken wrists LOL.

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Posted December 23, 2014 - 08:19 AM

Hey! We may be up in years, but not that far back!

Take a close look at this one.  You might remember it from the Sixties Television.     Rick

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