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Rodding a '34 Reo Coupe, any advice??

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by alparkes, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. alparkes
    Joined: Jan 2, 2012
    Posts: 1


    HI, I'm Al, I've got a '34 Reo Flying Cloud that's seen 99.5% garage time and no drive time. Way underpowered with original 68hp, 260 chrome nickel block. Has a 2-speed "Self Shifter" that maxes out around 50mph. Finally decided to dispense with original condition in favor of making it drivable. Don't have the cash to make it a real show rod, just would like some suggestions on a good motor, trans, and gear box that would work well, still allow the car to appear original on the outside but I could drive it as often as I please. Thanks for reading. New to HAMB so not sure I got the format right.

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  2. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,194


    Welcome to the HAMB.
    Damn that car is nice and restorers are gonna hate you, but a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. Actually this is the intro section and that being said. If you want advise on your project from the masses go to the main page or the message board and post your question again.
    Good luck. John
  3. Welcome aboard! Great car, but hate to see you change it up to much!
  4. Lebowski
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 1,569


    Welcome from Kentucky.... :cool:

  5. Welcome from Rockmart GA. Henrietta the '38 Ford pickup and Ozelle the '55 Ford send friendly horn honks to you and that beautiful Reo. would be nice to keep it original but it will be way more fun to drive hot rodded.
  6. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    I wouldn't hot rod that one if I were you. They only made a few 34 Flying Cloud coupes. I think only 5 or so are known to exist now. The 34 REO is my favorite car of all time as weird as that may sound. I know they used a 5 on 5-1/2inch bolt pattern just like the older Ford stuff. I used a 1960's Bronco rear end in mine and it plopped right in. I could keep up with traffic on the interstate then- kind of. The old Lockheed front brakes actually stopped me pretty decently too once I changed out the plugged up rubber brakes hoses. Just so you know, all the hard brake lines in the car are copper tubing from the factory. That is a no no. I was even able to buy a new master cylinder for it from Napa- they said it was the same as a International Scout.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
  7. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,417

    from South Indy

    WOW, that is a great car no matter which way you go.
  8. 60 ford
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,806

    60 ford

    Welcome from Indiana.
  9. AGY mechanic
    Joined: Sep 30, 2011
    Posts: 124

    AGY mechanic

    That things special just the way it is. Enjoy it.
  10. tub1
    Joined: May 29, 2010
    Posts: 517

    from tasmania

    hi there what a great car, i understand what you are saying re not fun to drive, so make it drivable repower it and have fun but hey it looks so great as is why would you change the exterior but remember its your car do what you like with it

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