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Old 10-01-2013, 05:05:55 PM
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Today I picked up this little REO engine and after visiting a REO web site could not find my tag info and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it.I know it is tough looking but it is my "best REO" . Thanks Mike
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:59:04 PM
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Your engine is the one used in the MK-1 inboard marine conversion kit. The kit would have had all the parts needed to install it in a small boat. It was called the Troll-a-Bout. --- John
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:26:21 PM
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So it was for marine use. What did they do for the exhaust ,is that the correct muffler ? Can you link me to a site with more info would like to know year and horsepower rating .Thanks again Mike
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:42:21 PM
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I have a somewhat rare vertical shaft REO engine that has that same muffler on it, so I would say that it is proper for your engine. There is a rubber grommet in your fuel tank that the metal line passes through for the carb. It will probably be dried out and hard and will probably leak if you put gas in the tank.
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http://www.reolawnmower.com//

Here are a couple of pictures of my vertical shaft engine showing the muffler.


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Old 10-01-2013, 08:00:57 PM
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i got alot of extra nos marine parts that goes with that engine when installed in a boat. good luck with it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:20:06 PM
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So I have look at those sites and read the little bit about the boat engine,but how do you guys find the Model MK1 part ? If I guess the Serial number 8G510X means made about 1957 -58 is that about right ? Would Type G mean gas ? Hard to believe anybody would install this in small boat guessing about 2 horsepower and I have seen a Wisconsin boat engine but it had a proper gear box.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:07:46 PM
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It came with belt drive FNR.

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So I have look at those sites and read the little bit about the boat engine,but how do you guys find the Model MK1 part ? If I guess the Serial number 8G510X means made about 1957 -58 is that about right ? Would Type G mean gas ? Hard to believe anybody would install this in small boat guessing about 2 horsepower and I have seen a Wisconsin boat engine but it had a proper gear box.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:41:58 AM
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Thanks, I see a picture now belt drive on the side of the motor covered by a tin shroud a lower pulley connecting to a flexible prop shaft. So my belt pulleys and shroud are gone and the correct air filter.Interesting little unit looks like a direct drive or did it have a centrifugal clutch ? Was not until recently I discovered Briggs made Model BM unit. Think I read somewhere the recoil rope was a steel cable ? It has decent compression later on I will check for spark,might even run. Thanks all for your replies. Cheers Mike

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Sorry about the clutch question on another picture I can see a small lever,that must engage the belt.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:59:04 PM
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The engine used a friction drive for reverse, similar to the one used by Snapper. A short belt and a clutch assembly provided foward and reverse selection. Engine was rated at 11/2 HP. Supposedly the Trollabout's were recalled before sale, as a sinking at the dock spoiled the unveiling of the then new product. From the number of engines I have seen, the recall was largely unsuccessful - there are quite a few out there (I own 2 engines). The trollabout engines are not listed on the REO database. Irv Troyer would be the man to contact about them, he has extensive knowledge on REO. The ASECC site has a partial listing of REO S/N Data (from Irv's site), but this was for general mower engines, not the specials like yours and mine. Yes, REO used a cloth covered fine steel cable. I do not know of anyone reproducing it. Your muffler was a REO item - very quiet I had a model 552 with that muffler, and you heard the cam gears and valve work louder than the exhaust, when idling!
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:27:12 PM
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Thanks Andrew,
Is the basic engine really any different from a lawn mower engine ? I would like to see a picture of one that is complete . Wonder if REO found a use for all the marine engines ? Thanks Mike
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Found this on Erv Troyer's site.
Looks like this one has a Clinton muffler on it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:30:02 PM
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I have a reo trol about new out of the box .just installed in on a table
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Does your gas tank bolt to the engine or the belt cover assy ? I don,t think mine is right it is bolted to the engine and the carb is right tight to the tank.Thanks Mike
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:51:09 PM
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one more pic shows the engine
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:58:51 PM
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I think the tank bolts to the assembly and the assembly bolts to the engine
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You done nice work,great looking paint and finish. Enjoy Mike
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:25:49 PM
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that was painted by reo i just took it out of the box ...Mike
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