REO Trollabout

RoosterBoot

New member
I stumbled across a REO Trollabout recently. I acquired what appears to be an unfired REO engine and two Trollabout kits. I searched this site and found a gentleman named Tall Texan who actually had the REO Trollabout demo boat but haven’t been able to find him.

Does anyone know a REO collector? It looks like the kit and motor have never been used so I’m trying to find them a good home. Thank you!
 

Arthur Donaghy

Subscriber
Very interested in the REO Trollabout. I have been looking for one in good or better condition for a long time. Would you ship the engine and one kit? I am in Robertsdale Alabama.
If you would advise your phone and best time to call I will call and discuss.
Thanks, Arthur Donaghy

phone: 251-945-1000
 
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RoosterBoot

New member
Before we get to calling each other I would like to give you some information. The last single complete REO Trollabout kit that I saw for sale was $1600 in used condition. If you are still interested after knowing this valuation I would be more than happy to call you.

Some of the REO parts I have are still in the original packaging. I even have the original hardware in the original cotton sack.
 

Andrew Mackey

Moderator
I have 3 REO Trollabout engines, one still on its angled boat mount plate. The model G engines are the same as 'regular' REO engines, with the exception that they are direct throttled - no governor. The throttle control is directly mounted on the engine. It uses a clutch that either acts as a direct drive or uses a friction drive disc for reverse. Although REO was supposd to have recalled the Trollabout, there are quite a few still out there! The one I have, on the angled motor mount, was still in a boat, when I saw it. The guys in the yard were in the course of cutting the boat up for scrap. I did manage to get the engine and mount, as well as the prop and a small section of the drive shaft. The stuffing box and rudder had already been cut up when I arrived. At one time, I had the lowest and highest serial numbered engines, but now that many more have surfaced, that is no longer true. I believe that the Trollabout was built between 1953-4.
 

RoosterBoot

New member
Thank you for your reply! That’s awesome that you have 3 engines. Just out of curiosity, do you know of any other REO collectors? The motor I have appears to have never been used. There isn’t even any varnish in the fuel tank. I also have one kit that looks bran new and another kit that looks like it’s 95% there.
 

Robotworkshop

New member
Is anyone in this thread looking for a trollabout kit? I have two that I just pulled out of my fathers shed. One engine was never fired while the other was used for a year or so on a lawn mower then removed. Not perfect from sitting but could be restored. I don't know if all the parts are there for both kits but there should be enough for one then use that as a pattern to fill in any missing parts for the second kit. Includes manuals, etc. I'd like to sell both kits at once. I'll look for replies to this thread or you can e-mail directly at rdoerr@bizserve.com

Ii am in Michigan not too far from Detroit. For distance you can use ZIP 48081
 

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John Newman Jr.

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The forums are OK for discussing your items, but the sale and related correspondence should go to the Classifieds.
 

Andrew Mackey

Moderator
As I stated earlier, basicly the same engine as other REOs, but no air vane governor. The Carter carb was direct throttled by the operater. made some interesting noise if run wide open, in neutral!:eek: I never ran one of my trollabouts (model G) wide open, but I did have a 552 on a mower, that had the throttle link break. That engine must have hit nearly 3000 RPM before the restrictive intake limited further speed. Not bad for an engiine rated at 1200 RPM The noise from that REO's valve train at speed, was louder than the rest of the engine! When I was a kid, I tried to blow up a REO 211. Wired the throttle wide open, wrapped a rope on the starter, gave it a yank and ran away. It didnt blow up, just sat there screaming on moms picnic table until it ran out of gas. I was afraid to go and shut it off, and it ran about 20 minutes flat out.

As for collectors, they are out there. Irv troyer is here on the Stak, and he is VERY knowledgable on REO.
 
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