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Starting a rebuild on a REO reel mower

Today,1-30-13, I am starting the rebuild on a REO mower that a friend gave me approx. 2 years ago.It has been setting out in the weeds for years before I got it. When i seen it I wanted it , even if it would never run again. My Dad had at least one gas powered reel mower that I can remember.
This is my first time to do anything to a reel mower, so it will be a challenge for me.
I will ofcourse get on the internet searching for info and schematics.
I have numbers and what I think it is at this point.
1953 REO
model# WE21
serial# 14502
Carb Carter model N
built by RedMotors inc. lawnmower division
Lansing MI.
starting with some pics of its present condition, and a pic of a nice one that I think shows the true colors of what mine should look like





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Well, Im already correcting myself. As it turns out this one is a 1951 REO Royale 21 inch cut
I have several items on it that need relpaced.
the wood rollers need to be bought or made for it.
I broke a small belt pully
The drive chain is broke, it was still on the sprockets, I believe it set so long that the chain rusted away on one link.
The head has stripped threads for the spark plug.
the engine has oil in it, the piston works up and down, the valves are working.
The main shaft in the reel is rusted to the point of no return , rusted nearly 1/4 thrue the shaft.
Need tires
The last pic is mower soaking in PB Blaster





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Off to a good start Doc!
That's a nice red bench you have in the background, looks like a nice portable welding table.. :bag:

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Very exciting project!! It is not often that you see a restored reel mower so I always applaud those who go the extra mile and actually restore one of them.

I am really looking forward to following the progress. Keep up the good work and ambition, it is going to look beautiful.

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Very exciting project!! It is not often that you see a restored reel mower so I always applaud those who go the extra mile and actually restore one of them.

I am really looking forward to following the progress. Keep up the good work and ambition, it is going to look beautiful.
Thanks Austen, I really want this one to look top shelf and run just as well. I want to use this mower

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That's a nice red bench you have in the background, looks like a nice portable welding table.. :bag:
Welding table, Mail order!:bag:

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Do you have decals lined up and are you going to have some rollers made or are you going to reuse them?

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Do you have decals lined up and are you going to have some rollers made or are you going to reuse them?
I havnt looked for decals or anything yet, I do want it to be as much original as possible. I have a wood shop next property north of me, I will take one roller over and see if he can make them. I did see a web site that I think I can order some parts. I will look tomorrow.

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This one is going to be fun to follow! I've always thought the REO was one of the prettiest reel mowers made. The colors scheme on them is beautiful, and the style of lettering really neat.

Looking at your pictures, it darn near has an entire owner's manual on that plate! Back in the day, they figured you knew how to work on your equipment.

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I will have the nuts and bolts all out today, maybe get started on the bead blasting, that will take some time,OH my aching back!!:help:
I still havnt had any luck finding all the parts,tires and decals yet. found some things but I need several things.
Anyone have any ideas of REO outlets, parts suppliers?



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