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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    1920’s carb intake accessory

    All, I recently bought a 1925 Kissel Model 6-55 car with a supposedly original 6-55 engine, but the engine is equipped with a funky carburetor air intake, shown in the pictures. See the balls on the over-engine pipe work. I think it might be for preheating carb intake air. This fitting is not standard nor found on other Kissel cars. Have any of you seen this fitting before? Is it aftermarket? And the information about this? What is this? Thanks, Ron
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    Look at the chains ! When one of the cross links comes loose, as almost always happened, you would beat the crap out of your fenders. Ron
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    24 Hupmobile speedster

    Hey LCK, In my opinion, a true “Speedster” needs to possess most of the following attributes to be distinguished from a project-car-wannabe. I’m defining your speedster as a luxury sports car, not a cut down car made for racing or rat-rodding around. A Kissel Gold Bug after 1922, a Paige Daytona Speedster, a Daniels Speedster, a Mormon Wasp, a Stutz Bearcat, or a Mercer Speedster are what I think you may be envisioning. 1) rear deck of body needs to be sleek, not boxy. A bumble-back Like a Kissel, a special tire mount rear like a Marmon Wasp or Stutz, or sleek like a Paige Daytona speedster. 2) doors need to be “racer- cut” which means cut down below cowl level. Or no doors as was common. 3) trim needs to be “pimped out”, more dressy than other of that marque’s roadsters or sedans. A lot of nickel. 4) wire wheels. Most came with wood wheel or wire wheel options but very very few were not upgraded to dressy Buffalo or Houk wires, to the nuance he sleekness. 5) no running boards. Step plates were used on many up scale speedsters. 6) two passenger base car - or a two passenger with suicide or rumble seat. Not a four passenger body. my opinions. Good luck. Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    1928 chevy roadster vacuum tank problem

    Agree. Run with the first type. Ron
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    1928 chevy roadster vacuum tank problem

    Dom, - I run my 1927 Chevrolet and ALL of my Kissels on vacume tanks. They are trouble free if they are correctly installed without air leaks and b) without damaged parts. When the vent hole opens, that means that the float is up and/or the needle valve at the bottom is open. That then means no gas id being sucked and the engine will die. The first things I would check in your case is a) are the springs working or are they sprung ? New springs are available and cheap. b) does the float armature smoothly rise without binding? c) is the bottom needle valve seating completely? A bent shaft can cause the needle valve to unseat intermittantly Worn springs r armature can bind the float n the up position and starve the engine. A air leak in your top seals or canister(s) can violate the required vacume. Hope this helps. RON
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - here are pictures of the completed engine. Will fill it with f.uids and test run it on Tuesday December 4, 2018. All the fittings are original. The spark plug loom and carburetor breather are brass and could be either brass or bake lite in original guise. We were. Dry lucky to find the correct rent generator, coil, and distributor combination. Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    Weidely Motors Company Number Plate

    Wow. sounds like you nailed it Craig!
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    1929 Generator Delco Remy 949C Wanted

    Gerczak - I may have communicated with you in the past but can’t remember. I have several Kissel parts cars and one of them is the remainder of a 1928-ish Kissel. I probably have stuff that you could use. Here’s aicture of half of my cache’. I am back at my shop in December and will rut thru the stacks of parts to see if I can help. Also, if you need Sedan doors, cowl, or a Bradfield type hood, there is/was a set that I bought and abandoned in Minneapolis a few months ago. You could have those. Call me or email me in December Take care. Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    1921 Paige Daytona question

    Dave - I almost bought your new Paige Speedster, twice in fact, if its the one that was recently sold. At Hyman years ago, and then recently. It's a good car. Your single side seat on the Paige Daytonna, as well as the footrest step, are very different than those pairs which were used on Gold Bugs. I have inspected these and the mechanisms are different. I suggest that the only good way for you to complete your restoration is to copy another Paige's sideseat, not a Gold Bug's. There are several Paige Daytonna Speedsters out there and i'm sure that those Owners would accommodate you in your quest. Also note that there exist pictures of Paige Daytonna Speedsters with side-mounted spares, although I don't think that any of these luxury beauties survive today. If I would have bought your Paige, I planned on adding side mounts according to those photos to have a truly unique, breathtaking speedster. Good luck, RON HAUSMANN P.E.
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - beautiful pictures of a freshly painted and dressed Kissel engine ready for testing. ron
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    Weidely Motors Company Number Plate

    Don - Weidely V12 engines were used in the ill-fated Kissel "Double-Six" cars of 1917 and 1918. Here are some pictures. Past historical writings say that these engines were unreliable as the outermost cylinders were starved for oil. Some reports say homegrown mechanics remedied this malady by piping additional oil externally to those cylinders. Kissel stopped using these engines after that short period of time. The engine plate you have is nearly identical to the cast-silver engine plates that Kissel used. It is exactly the same size as those are in fact. I suspect that you may have a Kissel "Double-Six" Weidly engine plate, without the engine. Very rare or unique! There is only one Kissel Double-Six car that survives, It is in the Fourney Museum in Colorado. I've seen that car but never inspected the engine. You could confirm what your plate is by getting a picture of that engine, Good luck. Ron
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - as of today, November 10, 2018, much of the trim work is complet3 or nearing completion. a. Wheels have been clea4coated and tires mounted on them. b. Wire wheel axles and hubs have yet to be mounted. c. Headlight yokes have been fabricated and headlights mounted there on. D. Engine painting is underway. Assembly of engine attachments will be on Monday. e. Engine test stand has been create$. thanks, Ron
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - here are two period- correct factory photos of a 1918 Kissel Sedanlette with options which i’m copying as much as I can. Note the lights and some of the trim. These pictures show the car in winter dress, with the removable wood hard top on. The last picture shows it with the hard top off. ron
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    Kissel 1918 Sedanette

    All - have had a productive couple weeks getting trim and car-jewelry finished; as of November 1, 2018; a. Headlights and all chassis head and tail light wiring are done. b. Fabrication of headlight stanchions is nearly complete. Kissel offered up-optional double headlight/park light units which were th n unique to the double six and Sedanlette models in 1917 and 1918. I was able to find a pair of cans at Hershey but had to fabricate the stanchion yokes using pictures. c. Dog bone and Boyce motometer have been nickeled and assembled. d. Rear bumper (not pictured) has been mounted right above rear spring shackles so height is same as front which is on frame. Bumpers were optional on these Kissels. next step is to mount the sport wire wheel hubs and wheels and put on the new tires. also, engine should finally be painted and mounted in car this month. stay tuned Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    Updating the Cole Motor Car Company Registry

    Hey Kevin, Saw your post and then remembered seeing your wonderful coupe at one of the "Orphan" car shows long ago I think. You live in the Detroit area and so you have possibly seen my cars too. Its a good thing that you are saving the legacy of a wonderful, not-well-known car marque. a few of us are trying to do the same with our cars and its really rewarding. keep up the good work! Ron Hausmann P.E.