ron hausmann

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About ron hausmann

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    Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham Michigan
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    Kissel Restoration and Exhibition. Owns the largest private collection of Kissel Kars and Kissels that exists. Specializes in "nickel-era" Kissels from 1916 - 1927, Models 6-38, 6-45, 6-55, 8-65, 8-75, 8-126. Also owns the most extensive cache' of spare Kissel engines, chassis, trim, wheels that exists anywhere.
    Also specializes in Yucatec Maya Archeology and 12 Grandchildren.

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    A 1920 hot rod? Gow job?

    better picture
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    A 1920 hot rod? Gow job?

    All - it's a stripped Kissel Model 6-45. If you blow up the image, you'll see the rounded top radiator, and very importantly, the off center round radiator emblem on the radiator body. Both of those traits are almost unique to Kissels. Kissel panted radiators black or you could get them with nickel, as in the picture below. The rounded cowl top and windshield are similar to early Kissel Toursters, but ithe body in your scene seems to have been cut off after the front seat. Wonder why? It would have been a pretty new car then too, since 1919 was the first year of the Model 6-45. A lot of Kissels, which were sporty, were sold in BCalifornia. thanks, Ron Hausmann
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    Kissel Parts Wanted

    All - this is a repost from my Kissel parts request from last year. ron hausmann
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    Spindles c. 1912-18?

    Lump, You are correct. You can buy original plate sets occasionally on eBay, but rarely ones with car marque names. These tin center plates rivet on to the cast/nickeled hubcap casting itself, so if you need a set, you can just buy any correct-sized ones and change the plates. Just like Boyce Motometer nameplates which you can buy. Ron
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    Spindles c. 1912-18?

    Upon rereading, these could be #4 Houk wheels, but without a dimension its hard to tell. number 4's are used on a number of cars as an option, including use on Model T's. The distance across the hex flats would help. A number 4 is smaller than number 5. what is that distance please and you can get these identified precisely.? Ron
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    2018 Eyes-on-Design Car Exhibit - Grosse Point, Michigan

    All - we took second place with our original 1921 Kissel, next to many beautifully and fully restored classics. First place went to a wonderfully restored 1938 Lagonda. Great show! Ron Hausmamn P.E.
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All, Ok. Getting close. Here are the new front fenders being checked for fitment, prior to going to the painter. I'm using a Detroit hot rod shop to do the painting of large parts and they are doing a wonderful job. After I Get all the fenders and trim back from the painters, I ,merely have to mount the engine which is being overhauled by st. Claire Engine, and do upholstery in leather. close! Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    2018 Eyes-on-Design Car Exhibit - Grosse Point, Michigan

    Just give me a call when you are interested and we'll set date. 313-510-8463 Ron
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    1921 Kissel Sport Tourstet

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    1921 Kissel Model 6-45 Sport Tourstet

    With "windowlettes" added
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    1921 Kissel Model 6-46 Sport Tourster

    With "windowlettes" added
  13. All, The 2018 "Eyes-on-Design Car exhibition will take place this Father's Day, June 17th, on the beautiful grounds of the Edsel and Elanor Ford Mansion in Grosse Point, Michigan. This show focusses on the styling beauty of transportation-related vehicals thru the decades. My original 1921 Kissel Model 6-45 Sport Tourster as pictured, will attend. It's an original car with 14,000 miles, but I have had to install a new top, wiring, and tires. Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    1912 Staver, All on this thread, Here are some of my thoughts to share with younger collectors about this exciting hobby, which gradually becomes an addiction- - - I bought my first antique, a 1927 Chevrolet Coach, when I was in high school in Wisconsin. My mechanic dad was pissed because I kept getting speeding tickets in my 1959 Chevy convertible with a "three deuces" big block engine, and he gave me the choice of selling the hot rod and walking, or buying the old Chevy coach and driving. He wanted an old car to tinker with I think. I made the obvious choice and "learned" that antique car as a result, and I still have it in fact. It cost $300 and wasn't a classic, but did drive like a champ. Later in time, after the children and career, I was able to "upgrade" antique cars to buying my first Kissel. I grew up in Wisconsin close to where these were made. It took me three years of digging and patience to get that first Kissel, but in time, you CAN get your dream car. My first Kissel was actually a "steal" at an auction where the lawyers had to settle an estate. Patience is what matters. Just keep watching and trying for deals. Since then I have patiently watched the antique car market for similar Kissels. Nearly all of my cars were basket cases - it takes me one to three years to turn these piles of parts into restored cars, two or three years while I was working, less now that I have retired. Piles of classic car parts don't sell easily in my opinion. My last purchase was just a couple thousand dollars, even though it is a one-of-a-kind Kissel survivor. And a Roadster at that! I've watched other similar piles or project cars sell for half or a third of what their initial offerings were. The last Kissel I know of that was offered for sale that I didn't buy,mwas an unrestored project car, mostly complete with a fresh overhauled engine, for $4000. A great bargain! Again, for the young buyer, I would counsel patience. Keep watching! As to title difficulties, in many states (half?) , you can easily get a clear title by producing a bill of sale and paying the state sales tax. Michigan is one such state. I have titled many of my cars thus. As to Canadian/USA cross border purchases, I can't address buying a car or parts in the USA and bringing it to Canada since I have no experience. But I can say that it is easy, very easy, to bring a car you have purchased in Canada, thru USA customs, to the USA. If you have a bill of sale or title, and the car or parts are "original" and over thorty years old ( I think), you give the border patrol guys a tour, spend a half hour filling out forms, and they help you and say " have fun ". There are a lot more project cars and unrestored, unattractive classic cars out there owned by us old guys. There are more of us old guys who will need to some day sell our Kissels and/or other collections and piles of parts, than there are numbers of you young guys. Those numbers say that with patience, we all will have to dump these collections for fractions of the invested values. Or our estates will have to dump them. That's morbid but I think a reality. Today as I sit here, I envy being the younger person who is interested in antique car restoration, because that future is so wide open. My thoughts! ( Meanwhile until I stop collecting, please know that I will buy your Kissel parts cars! ) Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    Spindles c. 1912-18?

    micthecat; The Hub and hubcap appear to be Houk or Buffalo #5 size. The hub is a front, not rear. Its from a higher end car because of the #5 size, as most midsized and smaller cars in the late teens and twenties often used #4 sized ones. This set is interesting because it has multiple pieces that make up the steering arm, but most car makers used single-piece castings for these. I can tell you it is NOT a Kissel. Thanks, RON