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ron hausmann

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About ron hausmann

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    Birmingham Michigan. Cars in Pontiac 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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  1. Restored the Stromberg LB-1 carburetor this week. Used industrial strength toilet bowl cleaner to remove the brass tarnish. Old trick. It just stains your fingernails. The carb has a lot of air passages which needed to be sized as well as cleaned. Luckily I received an early Stromberg manual used for this style carb which gave me the Correct settings. ron
  2. All, I can tell you that the pictured car is NOT a Kissel. Kissel did not have a model with a metal seat divider as this car has. The portholes could be after market as was said. Several Kissel models from 1919 onwards did have cowl lights standard. Thanks, Ron
  3. Doug, My Driver Kissels are all sixes with Stromberg carbs but Here are my suggestions; 1. I’ve always had problems with fuel pumps - I only use the original vacuumed tanks and problems have gone away. 2. they all leak gas when parked for a long time. A shutoff valve installed under the tank reduces the leakage. 3. I’ve always rebuilt the carbs with NEW gaskets and needles. You can buy a kit for your Schebler. That way you don’t have to worry about rebending your old needle. Take care. Ron
  4. All - status as of September 7, 2020. A. Not much body progress. B. Doing misc trim work and fittings. C. Carb breather tube has been blasted and finished. D. Spark plug wire loom has been rebuilt using brass. Original was brass and bakelite. D. Stewart vacuumed tank has been completely blasted and rebuilt. Lo9ks beautiful. E. Rubber running board material has been placed on the cargo floor F. Carb rebuilding is underway. This engine uses a Stromberg LB-1 Still waiting for fenders from body work person and getting spare tire hardware back from sa
  5. Can’t argue about Kissel made engines. Many Engines survived as home made farm tractors and saw mill plants. Bodies not so much (usually aluminum). I only drive (and restore) Kissel made 6’s and yes they are very durable. Love ‘em! thanks, Ron
  6. BTW if you are still stubbornly demanding an original Kissel made engine for this car, I have a couple complete Kissel 6-55 engines available. But they are 1925-27’s. A Kissel-Lycoming 8-65 chassis usually can take a Kissel 6 engine. Kissel discontinued making their 6-55’s in 1927. I don’t think they made their own engine blocks after that. The 1929 Kissels all used Lycoming blocks. Ron
  7. All - The commentary about this Kissel with a correct Lycoming engine might be a bit extreme. True, Kissel built their own big six engines models 6-38, 6-45, and 6-55. But the Kissels with Lycoming engines were really not Purely Lycoming either. Kissel only bought Lycoming blocks in 1925 and later to my knowledge. They distained using the other Lycoming fittings and cast heir own well balanced connecting rods, pan, oil pumps, and Kissel heads for these Lycoming blocks. I know that they did this in 1925 and maybe later. The pans on those Kissel-Lycoming engines were r
  8. All, Some context for those who might be interested in this car or in Kissel minutia. A. Kissel initiated the “Tourster” model name at the same time as they Introduced the “Speedster”, unofficially known as the “Gold Bug” In 1919. This was the start of their big Kissel-made L-head 6 engines and chassis known as the “Model 6-45”. The Tourster was a 4-passenger, the Speedster was a 2-passenger (plus 2 in the suicide seats). B. The Kissel co. Continued making Tourster and speedster models until they folded. As well as a broad assortment of other bodies and chassis into
  9. All - World War One vehicle history is amazing! There were 294 separate vehicle manufacturers who supplied the US Army in WW 1. What a logistical nightmare. They seem to have standardized some of this mess in late 1918 after cessation of hostilities. Ron
  10. Status update. As of August 24, 2020; 1. Dietz cowl lights and military tail light have been installed. 2. “U.S.” emblems have been redone to the prevalent WW1 style block lettering seen in old light truck photos. 3. Shortened, more vertical steering column has been fitted and permanently installed. Very good job by machinist. 4. Neville fat-man steering wheel has been refurbished and restrained. 5. Neville steering wheel has been taper-bored to fit Kissel steering column and mounted. It looks almost too good to be on a truck, but it makes vehicle entry a breeze.
  11. Status update aS of august 25, 2020: 1. Steering column and internals have been shortened by 5” and installed in more vertical truck type position. A lot of tedious work to shorten. 2. Neville type fat-man steering wheel has been refinished and fitted to the new steering shaft configuration. This makes entry a lot easier. The wheel looks stunning, almost too good for a truck! 3. Dietz military tail light and front cowl lights have been painted, wired, and mounted. 4. front apron and side plates have been fitted, drilled and painted. 5. military “US” emblems have been rem
  12. Kissel had hydraulic brakes starting in 1925
  13. Doug, Kissel used cone clutches on their Model 6-38 and later model 6-45 engines well into the 1920s. Yes they are very “grabby” but easy to get used to. My 1921 bites very fast when engaged just a bit but you’ll get used to it. On my 1918 Kissel Sedanlette, My cone clutch was relined with Kevlar using a vendor I met in Hershey. The material seems to engage the same as my original leather cone in my 1921. Fast-grab. I can’t tell you about wear, but I just didn’t want to rely on the old organic leather that was on the 1918 prior to restoration. When restoring my 1918, we
  14. I have spare points, contact, distributor cap, coil.. sorry no starter nor starter switch - Kissel used a Kissel-only size for these. ron hausmann
  15. Thank you JV - I’m not really looking for a real live canon but a repro or a monument or salute gun would be ideal. But these seem unavailable as nobody is selling monuments. I’ve talked with artillery collectors who advise that 1915-1930 ish field pieces are very very rare. And French 75’s in any deactivated state are non existent. I’ll keep looking and praying - - - - Take care. Ron
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