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    Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham Michigan
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    Kissel Restoration and Exhibition. Maya Archeology. Grandchildren.

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  1. Buffalo Wire Wheel Hub / Drum Removal

    Pat - Yes I just pried my two sections apart and that was that. I used a sharp wood chisel to get in between (it rapidly became un-sharp). Ron
  2. Buffalo Wire Wheel Hub / Drum Removal

    Pat, Some of these hubs may have had collars swedged into the drum bolt holes. My recently serviced Kissel Buffalo hubs had collars pressed into the drum holes. But I have removed other drums on another set and found no such collar. Perhaps these collars were used to correct or align the drum holes (?). Regardless, on the ones with the collars I just knocked thru the painted on joint between the hub and drum and progressively worked the swedged-in hubs loose. My cars are late teens and early twenties Kissels which used Houk and Buffalo No. 5 wheels. Hope this helps.c Ron Hausmann P.E.
  3. Lycoming Engine

    Sir - would like to see more pictures including the intake and exhaust manifold, carb, distributor housing, etc. these enigines came in different sizes in 1928-1930 and there aren't enough details in your pictures to identify. Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  4. 1917 kissel 6-38 4 passenger roadster

    Ryan - Kissel built Model 6-38 engine cars with removeable tops from about 1915 up till 1918. There were also a few "Silver" models in 1919 but none survived. In September of 1917 Kissel added the roll-down window feature to their removeable top models, which required a more sturdy wood body. That is the "Gibraltar" body. the top attached to the body using brackets as pictured. The roll down windows ran in hollow channels in the top and body as shown in picture two. If your car has a squared-off trunk or bustle, and not rounded, then you do have the detachable top 4-passenger model in the picture. Without more pictures of the wood or back, I cannot tell if it's an early 1917 (without moveable windows), or a later 1917 with windows. You could tell yourself if the wood body parts and doors are two-sided. It's also possible that whomever restored the wood was not familiar with these differences and just did it wrong. If you have the metal covers, you do have the detachable top model. Regardless, you have an interesting car. Right now there is only one Kissel car that exists of any year with its removeable top. that's mine. You could carve one for yours and use mine as a pattern. I have dozens of period correct factory pictures and advertisements for Kissel Hundred Point Six cars that I'm using in my restoration. Ill bring them along to Hershey for you to view if you like. Good luck, RON
  5. 1917 kissel 6-38 4 passenger roadster

    Ryan, Kissel built a number of models in 1917 and 1918 including two 3-passenger roadsters. The standard "Hundred Point Six 3-passenger Roadster" had a convertible top with side curtains while the "All-Year Hundred Point Six 3-passenger Roadster" had both a convertible top and a detachable carved wood hard top. The wood on the Kissel "All-Year" bodies were "Gibraltar-Built" doubled wood which was to accommodate the sliding windows used in the detachable wood hard tops. Attached is a copy of a sales brochure from that time which identifies those available Kissel models. Your body and wood frame identifies it to be the Hundred-Point Six 3-passenger roadster which is shown. It would have a convertible top but not a detachable wood hard top. Kissel seemed to use the Hundred-Point Six accolade to name their late Model 6-38 cars. Good luck on this very good acquisition! Ron Hausmann P.E.c
  6. Mistery Hearse Body

    Layden, Good catch. Each car manufacturer in the late teens had either a flat, single drop, or double drop frame. that would certainly help identifying. Kissels then were "double-drop" frames. RON HAUSMANN P.E.
  7. Mistery Hearse Body

    All, Kissel custom-built alot of hearses in the teens and twenties themselves. I don't know if they outsourced as well, but that certainly could have occurred. I have seen Kissel-built hearses. That being said, this is not, in my opinion, a Kissel Hearse from the late teens or twenties. The fittings, shapes, fenders, cowl, are all different and the cowl wall bears no similarity to contemporary Kissels. It doesn't "feel" like a 1917 - 1929 Kissel to me. It could be an early Kissel up to 1916-ish, but I'm not familiar with those. I do think it's to old looking to be a 20's car. Thanks, Ron Hausmann
  8. All, We are close to finishing a total rebuild of the only existing Kissel Sedanlette, a 1918 Kissel Model 3-38 Gibraltar All-Year car. This means it is a 4-passenger convertible with a demountable oak/ash wood hardtop. I'm posting it here because we had to redo every single piece of wood, using the sheet metal and rotten old parts as patterns. We used pictures and Kissel patents from 1917 to do the attachments. In my opinion, you cannot afford to do this for a more common car and expect it to be economically feasible. But for an exotic car, like a one-of-a-kind classic, it may be worth it. It too me a good 8 months of part time nights and weekends, possibly 400 hours, to do it using woodworking tools. I'm not a carpenter but an ametuer woodworker, and this journey made me an expert. But it can be done precisely and the end result can be gratifying. I got everything to fit perfectly. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  9. Is there an Archie Andrews Book?

    ragtop4two; These were called "outrigger seats" in period advertising literature. They rapidly became know as "suicide seats". Ron Hausmann P.E.
  10. Is there an Archie Andrews Book?

    All, Kissel sold their Gold Bug Speedster with dual fold-out seats from 1919 to mid 1923. This was marketed as a serious 4 passenger car. As Restorer32 says, these seats are very sturdy, with two cast iron arms underneath which double as slides. The only other production care with a sideseat was the Paige Daytonna Roadster with one seat in years 1921 and 1922 or thereabouts I believe. I almost bought one a few years ago from Hyman, but chose to stay with Kissels after all. Pictured is another 1923 Kissel Gold Bug which is a barn find, which had been sitting in the same spot since 1956. My next restoration. Beautiful Beast! Ron Hausmann P.E.
  11. Is there an Archie Andrews Book?

    hursst - one can argue that Kissel was going out of business long before Archie Andrews became involved. Kissel's high end - low production numbers were consistently dropping in the late 20's and the recession then hit. Their line-up was also getting "dated" in the late 20's too. Maybe they would have gone down without the help of Archie Andrews. Like hundreds of other independents, they became an unfortunate casualty in the early 1930's. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  12. Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All, As of August 15th, 2017 the assembly of the car body is proceeding well. Fitment of doors and door anchors are better in fact than I expected. Also found that smartly engineered shims under the body bolts really make the doors match perfectly. The pictures below show the left and right door uppers and lowers mounted, the trunk lid attached, the new rear seat springs fitted, and the floor boards re-attached. Now just waiting for the fenders from my bodywork expert and the Kissel 6-38 engine. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  13. Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - Mated the newly upholstered top to the chassis and body yesterday and today using the rigging shown. Fitment is great. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  14. Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All, The body has been lifted onto and bolted to the rolling chassis. I did it alone with levers, an engine hoist, and variable height work horses. amazing what a lever and patience can accomplish. Ron Hausmann P.E.