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. All - As of February 6, 2020, very much progress is being made. 1. Frame has been sandblasted, powder coated, and readied for parts. 2. Front axle, steering mechanism, and wheels have been restored and mounted. 3. New rear springs have been picked up, pained, and mounted on frame. Had to buy a spreader to warp them on. 4. Rear axle, already restored, has been fished into springs. Needs to be shackled in tomorrow. 5. Frozen steering gear has been completely disassembled, figured out, polished and painted. Smooth as butter now. 6. Wheels have been repainted in flat WW1 green, as best as I could research. RON HAUSMANN, P.E.
  2. Hey LCK81403, The yellow Kissel Gold Bug in your post is my 1923 Model 6-45 Speedster. It had those “side seats” as you know. These were drawers that slid in and out, not permanent running board seats like some others. Kissel has those seats on Speedsters only from 1919 to mid-1923. Both sides. These were sold officiAlly as “outrigger seats”. Yes these were later called, side seats, suicide seats and mother-in-law seats. I’ve not heard them as being called mechanician seats or anything else. I know that Paige Daytona speedsters and Pilot Speedsters had drawer seats on one side for a few years then to. I personally call my side seats “people magnets” because they draw do very much attention at car shows. Inevitably I get asked again and again “what are those seats for” and I take pleasure in answering “for sitting on” every time. Regardless my grandchildren and wife love those seats when the car is stationary. They are very strong and actually comfortable. I will never have anyone in them when I drive. Ron Hausmann P.E .
  3. All - so far its looking like the car is a 1911 Kissel model F1. Round front fenders vs slanted were on those Kissels. At least it’s very similar to web images since none of that year and model survived. Ron Hausmann
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    What make and year car is this? I’m not an expert in these earlier ones.
  5. JV - yes I’ve done color research. Many if not most of those WW1 trucks were brush painted by troops using a recipe for field mixed green paint. That’s why there is a wide discrepancy in what WW1 colors were. Miss variations were many. In genera however, WW1 green was more light and more grey-ish than standard WW2 forest or drab green.
  6. As of January 31, 2020, a lot of the tedious chassis parts work is done. 1. Wood artillery wheels have been sanded and painted olive drab. 2. Rebuilt rear axle has been detailed and is ready to mount on the car. 3. Brand new rear springs have been made and painted. Also ready to mount. 4. Car frame proper is at blaster and will be powder coated. Pick up next week. 5. All the brake parts, suspension parts, and gas tank straps are blasted and painted awaiting mounting. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  7. All, Progress is being made. Tedious work refurbishing all the chassis and brake parts and fittings but nearly all done. 1. Rear axle has been overhauled and painted at axle shop. 2. Brake rods and fittings, front axle parts, front springs are being sandblasted and poweder coated. 3. new beefed-up rear springs are being made at Eaton Spring. Ready in a week. 4. painting of dozens of drive shaft, axle brackets, operating rod parts is done. 5. Frame is completely stripped. Had to fabricate a new battery box as original sheet metal was ratty. Now all I need to do is to get the frame powder coated. Will take it next week! Ron Hausmann P.E.
  8. Last post - period picture of 1918 Kissel Sedanlette from sales materials and finished picture of restored 1918 a Sedanlette.’ the end! Ron Hausmann P. E.
  9. All - As of first week in 2020, disassembly of chassis and many components is almost complete. 1. frame has been almost completely stripped of everything attached to it. Going to blaster/coaster next week. 2. rear axle has been checked and serviced by professional rear end shop and is being repainted. 3. front axle, spindles, steering arms, springs, shackles, and brake rods going along with frame to blaster next week. 4. brake mechanisms, unique to kissel, have been painstakingly disassembled and shined up. 5. rear axle bearings and seals have been carefully withdrawn and freshened up. 6. rare brake drums, bands, and wheel hubs have been taken apart for painting. 7. rear springs will be new, truck type (heavier). They will be ordered next week. 8. research into precise details of wood body continues. Looks like US trucks in WW1 were a real chaotic mix ! Here are some pictures. Next week I go to California to pick up the remnants of a later 1921 Kissel touring car. Complete but no wood, disassembled. thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  10. All - here is a similar Army Scout Car, a 1918 Kissel Model 6-38, adapted for military scouting use. Neat camoflage paint job! Ron Hausmann P.E.
  11. All - Here is the progress that has been accomplished As this new project has been started. It involves canabalizing several 1916 to 1918 Kissel Model 6-38 parts cars which I have, as many components in one frame are not as good as those in another. Ultimately the car will be a 1917. Chassis components and most other parts for Kissel Model 6-38 cars are the same except for bodies. a. Rear axle has been disattached from its frame. It will be rebuilt. b. Brake mechanical connections are being stripped from a different chassis. c. Brake operating rods (unique to Kissel) from three cars have been sorted and best one selected. d. Front axles from three cars have been compared and best selected. e. Front axle spindles, springs, and steering and pitman arms have been sorted and best selected. f. Spring shackles, special bolts, abs special washers have been stripped and buffed g. Wheel bearings and special wheel nuts for Kissel axles have been refurbished. h. Frame from original 1917 has been emptied of all connecting components. Next steps will be to start prepping these chassis parts for sandblasting and powder coating. And rebuilding the rear axle and machined brake components. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  12. All. So OK. Not running the price is $8,700. Running, price will be back at original $9,300. I can make it run easily I believe. Absent that, I'll hang on to it. Any takers? Thanks, RON HAUSMANN P.E.