ron hausmann

Kissel 1918 Sedanette

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All,

Working with Hot-Rod painting shop, Detroit Deluxe, getting fenders and skirts finally painted. And hood. Should be done September 2018.

While awaiting fender painting, have acquired an essentially brand new 1918 Kissel Model 6-38 engine in Montana. Having driven there and back and inspected it, This orphan-engine is far, far better than the cobbeling together of parts from three other, less quality Kissel 6-38 engines which we were doing. My engine mechanic, St. Claire engine, has disassembled it without the need for any break-free !!! Even the head botls came free. tThe paint is still on the inside covers (see pictures) and the engine exhibits no wear. We can't figure out how this engine, sitting in Montana, in a rusty chassis, with rotten wood, is near-pristine. But while we will never know, we will use it in this 100-point restoration!

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Don't you know that all these years that engine kept itself together just waiting for the perfect opportunity to come by and now it has... it is probably as happy as you are!!

 

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Dc8-Dave - nope I've never run across one of these. However back then many dealers and suppliers routinely made small advertising tokens to give to clients as this one would have been.

Thanks for letting us know. Ron 

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West - the Kissel emblem shows that this case is from 1915-1918, before they went to just "Kissel". In the teens, spare parts could be ordered directly from the factory., so we think this is a shipping container from the Kissel plant in Hartford Wisconsin . It has been for sale on eBay but there are so few of us Kissel guys that it has not sold. 

Thanks for the interesting post. Ron 

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    These pictures are as of September 6, 2018 and week before.

    Fenders, front apron, radiator shell, interior fender mudguards, and front frame covers have been finish painted and polished and picked up from painter, Detroit Deluxe!

    Front and Rear fenders have been final-fit and mounted permanently on the body. Fenders and running boards have been aligned and leveled - with Kissel Kars, when you look from the edge of the front or rear fenders along the edge of the car, the rear fender, running board edge, and front fender edges should form a perfect straight line. Sounds easy, but with mandrel formed fenders and dozens of slotted holes, this took almost a day. Everything was pre-fit, warped, and drilled over the summer before painting, so it all fit very well.

    Monday we start final assembly of the powerful Kissel 6-38 engine. This engine will be complete and painted and ready to mount this month. All finally coming together! 

    Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

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All - engine assembly is now well underway. See below. It will be running this month. Valve train was installed today and pistons are going in tomorrow. Honing is done. It sure helps when you have spare valves, keepers, shims, and other stuff for these unique pull engines!

thanks, Ron 

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Engine is together. Now the trimmings! All original pistons, pins, springs fit great and this whole monstrosity can be turned by hand (very tight) even after we torqued all the bolts on the rods and the mains. Found a leak in the oiling system after assembly and balancing, but was able to replace the original copper main oil line with modern hose material. crushed a couple fingertips while doing (OUCH!).

Also getting glass rear window sealed in and readying glass slides in wood hardtop which is temporarily mounted, for actual glass windows.

Soon! Ron Hausmann P.E. 

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   As of October 1, 2018, all of the body panels and hood are painted and test mounted. Everything seems to be fine! Painting by Detroit Deluxe of body panels was very high quality.

    Now finishing engine and mounting stuff like brass trim, windows, windshield, and hood jewelry.

    Next step and pictures will be engine mounting.

    Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

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All - applying “jewelry” to car.

 

After three years searching, I found a Kissel right side door latching cam mechanism in the wreck that I bought in Montana. These latches operate both the door and a push rod  to latch the upper halves. Works very smoothly now. Part was impossible to find.

 

Put on the headlight brackets and mounted the original tail light.

 

Mounted front bumper brackets and trimmed front apron to fit.

 

Picked up hood but will not mount it until last. In Kissel 6-38 models, the radiator is braced off of the top of the engine, not by a rod over the engine bay as in other cars.

 

engine should be in this month.

Thanks, 

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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I have being following your restoration on this Kissel with interest. The work you are doing is fantastic. I have one question. The tires I see are the same tread pattern as on my 1903 Crestmobile. Where are they available from? Mike 

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9 hours ago, Mike Macartney said:

I have being following your restoration on this Kissel with interest. The work you are doing is fantastic. I have one question. The tires I see are the same tread pattern as on my 1903 Crestmobile. Where are they available from? Mike 

Mike - the tires are Firestone “non skid” tires. They are available in many sizes thru Coker, Universal, and others. They come in black and white. Don’t get white as I did - the whites pores suck up microscopic debris when you inflate them and you are stuck with the rusty air color you see it n the pictures. The spares are the same exact set but were never fully inflated and you can see the difference. I bought blackwalls (not pictured) and have a set of tan wire wheels shown in earlier posts in this thread which I will mount soon. Wire wheels were an up-option on this model Kissel anyway.

thanks, Ron 

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       As of October 18, 2018, the Kissel engine is assembled and will be painted. After that, we will put on the carb and trimmings and test run it.

       We also have completed the chassis, tail light, and headlight wiring and that's ready to be connected once the engine is in. 

       Spent the last week tediously "upholstering" the interiors of the window channels and tops and sides with 1/4" rubber and felt strips. These Kissels didn't have regular window channels but were trimmed by hand with cut materials then glued on. 

       Also have created interior window garnish trim mouldings. These carved-in-oak strips mount around the interiors of the window frames to hold the windows in their openings, as part of the Kissel "All Year Top" mechanisms. A lot of carving work. These Kissel windows are removeable and slide up and down in the doors with belts.

       Also picked up and assembled the three-piece articulated windshield that Kissel used on this model, and put into the hard top. Happily, it fit perfectly in the oak frames.

Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

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Amazing restoration !  That cam gear is massive. Looks like something I would expect to see in a decent sized Diesel engine. Kissel certainly did not skimp, I assume the generator drives from the forward section of the cam gear which would be un-effected by any wear in the mesh of the crank gear. 

 

 

 Greg in Canada

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Kissel made their own engines. They manufactured commercial and military trucks besides a full line of automobiles in the teens and twenties. So it’s likely that their auto engines’ sturdiness and stoutness was a shared trait with their truck manufacture. I know that my Chevrolet cars of the same period don’t compare with the Kissel.

thanks, Ron 

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