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 extensive cache' of spare Kissel engines, chassis, trim, wheels that exists anywhere.
    Also specializes in Yucatec Maya Archeology and 11 Grandchildren.

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  1. Another mystery roadster

    Thanks Reichlieu. Sorry, but my Kissel Collection is not going to be sold nor broken up while I'm alive and can drive them. Thanks, RON
  2. Another mystery roadster

    All, The Swedish car is not a Kissel. Kissel fenders up until mid 1921 were flat, not crowned as the ones in this picture are. Also, the windshield, hood and radiator shapes are each a bit different. Answering a previous post, yes, Kissel Kars were sold out West and, because of their Wisconsin-built ruggedness, horsepower and style, people with money liked them. You could buy ten Model Ts or one Kissel, but if you definitely wanted those attributes, you could buy a Kissel. Pictured below is my original 1924 Kissel which was purchased from a guy in Montana a few years ago. Runs powerfully. Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  3. Another mystery roadster

    All - Agree with Chris. The front car is definitely a 1917 or 1918 Kissel Model 6-38 Hundred Point Six Standard Roadster. They got pretty racey with their sloping windshield! Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

    All, I thought that I would weigh in here as an independent. The 1923 Kissel which is in a number of your various pictures above, is mine. My wife and I have taken our wonderful 1923 Kissel Gold Bug to several national Concours de' Elegance shows East of the Mississippi, from Boca Raton in Florida, to the Willistead in Canada (First-in-Class both places). To the point of this forum's discussion, our Kissel was shown at "Eyes on Design" exhibitions in 2013 and 2017. My wife's (and my) favorite show so far, of all exhibitions, has been the "Eyes on Design" show. I'm very sorry bigdog, that you had a bad experience when you were there, but I guess that's like even great restaurants serving a bad meal on occasion. Nobody has ever told us where to sit on the field at Eyes-on-Design. We don't go to shows to see how good, or bad, the provided lunches are, so I can't weigh in on that; we prefer vendor food anyway when traveling. And while it rained a lot and was muddy when we won the Boca Raton show, it wasn't the organizers fault. I would give Boca another shot. Bigdog, I'ld urge you to give Eyes another shot as well. My thoughts at least. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  5. Kissel Parts Wanted

    All - I'm restoring Kissel cars and trucks from what's known as the "Nickel-Era", 1917 thru 1925-ish or so. I would like to buy any Kissel parts that you may have sitting around your shed, garages, or barns. I'm especially interested in the following; Stromberg OS-2, LB-2, LB-1 Side Draft Carburetors Buffalo No. 5 wire wheels, peg-drive types, or wheel hubs, or brake drums, 32 x 41/2 and 34 x 4 Firestone wood wheels, rims, retainer rings, 23" or 26" Neville fat-man steering wheels, 18" type Fyrac pistol grip spotlights, any condition Any KISSEL or KISSEL KAR parts Not many Kissel collectors out there, so this is your chance to get cash for rusty stuff that's been in your way for years! Thank you, RON HAUSMANN P.E.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.