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  1. Lawrence, I have a Conquistador radiator cap as pictured for sale. It is heavy! I’ve been told by an expert that it may be a reproduction but to me it looks very original .I’m no expert. If you are interested, this is yours for $300. Ron Hausmann 313-510-8463
  2. All - finally got to exhibit our 1918 Kissel Sedanlette at the 2021 Concours de ‘Elegance at St John’s this Sunday. Here are a couple of pictures. Sighting on the golf course was cancelled due to heavy rains the night before, so show too place on the Inn parking lots. ron Hausmann
  3. Also, Kissel never pin striped their nickel era cars 1916-1925 ish. They simply wanted their body lines to define the cars. Any pin striping on nickel era Kissels is incorrect, although I’ve seen it and even used it once. Ron
  4. Alsancle- Wow. Awfully close but not same. Your pictured car has a second intermediate cowl, different rear body trunk area, and no door handles. Also doors are more rounded. Those characteristics differ from my car. But otherwise she is really very similar! Wonder what make she is? Ron
  5. All - My first car was a 1959 Chevy Impala Convertible with a 348 ci. Engine with tri-carbs. It was in the mid 60’s and we got the car cheap because it had been raced and abused but it ran. My dad who was a mechanic, and I couldn’t tune the tri carbs correctly so we took it to the local stock car mechanic to tune. Somehow during the tuning, the mechanic who was leaning into the engine bay, short circuited the battery terminals and shocked himself thru his genitals. I remember his face and his reaction vividly even today. Not something I’ll ever want to enjoy. Ron
  6. Curtains no’s for all-year Kissels are correct. See picture.
  7. period advertisements say that two men in two hours can swap the tops. That is BS. It takes three men to safely lift the heavy carved oak top and several hours to correctly switch and remove the anchorages and top parts. You could possibly do it in two hours if you don’t worry about damage.
  8. Built a trailer and mounted an old tractor draw-bar hitch on to the car so that I can tow the Kissels hard top on its trailer behind the car , on to car show fields. Should get a lot of attention. Ron
  9. A Kissel expert from Australia emailed me with an excellent detailed description of this 1926 Kissel Standard Gold Bug Speedster. it is a 1926 because it has a 1926 round spare bracket - it was flat in 1927. The car also has a 1926 hood, not a 2927. the ca4 has been equipped with a non standard folding windshield. question answered! ron hausmann p.e.
  10. Several Kissel experts emailed me. This car is a late 1923 or 1924 Kissel Model 6-55 GoldBug. They scaled the tire size, which decreased in 1925. ron hausmann p.e.
  11. All - also need help here. These pictures are of a Kissel Gold Bug Speedster. But what model? What year? My guess is 1924 Kissel Deluxe Gold Bug Speedster Model 6-55. That’s because of the wire wheels and side mounts, skinny tires, two tone two bar bumpers, and that’s the only engine available in 1924. What do all you want Experts think??? Ron Hausmann
  12. All - need some help. This is a Kissel Gold Bug Speedster but picture has no identification. My guess is that this is a 1927 or 1928 Kissel Model 6-70 Standard Speedster. That’s because of the rear spare, wood wheels, fat tires, short wheelbase, and folding windshield. What do YOU think ???? Ron Hausmann
  13. All - what year and make is this car. We are stumped.
  14. Most Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bugs I’m aware of 1920-1923 had factory option exhaust cut outs. Before the muffler operated by a floor pedal. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  15. Thanks. I use two cork gaskets for the reasons that both Wayne and Hrimey state. My original units seemed to have had one cork and one paper thin gaskets sandwiching the inner basin flange. Since I had several cork ones I just used them. These tanks are now in service and don’t leak at all. BTW, I had some pinhole spots on the bottom of one of the external tanks, and used JB Weld successfully to patch these holes. After painting you can’t see my fixes. Thanks, Ron
  16. Here’s another one from a Kissel light truck, 1917 six cylinder
  17. Here is a factory standard Stewart vacume tank from a 1917 - 1918 Kissel. These were big 6 cylinder cars. Kissel used this style tank on its cars until 1921 when they installed the more cylindrical Stewart vacume tanks. If no air leaks, these run great! ron Hausmann P.E.
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  19. Hey Billy, I went to the Space Museum website and did some digging. They describe their Kissel that you have pictured in their website as a "1928 Kissel 70 Cabroilet", not as a 1931 Kissel 126 as the display plate says. The model 6-70 Kissels were the small 6-cylinder models in 1928. Im kind of gratified that my guesses from a few days ago turned out right! Thanks, RON
  20. Hey Billy, It’s not uncommon for museums to misidentify cars from time to time. In the interests of clarity, the picture and nameplate for the “1931 Kissel” which says it has a 126 HP Kissel engine, which this museum ha, is not correct. The Kissel that you have in your photograph I believe is a 1928 Kissel with a six cylinder or small eight cylinder engine. Without more pictures I cannot be more precise but my identification is based on these Kissel facts; A. There are no Kissels from 1931. The last Kissel-named cars were made in 1930. B. Kissel ceased making cars with their unique “horse collar” radiators in 1928. After that, all Kissel radiators were flat conventional looking “white Eagle” embossed radiators. C. Kissel 8-126 big eight engines were only used on Kissel 1929-1930 Deluxe White Eagle models. The pictured car is not a deluxe model with side mounts nor is the hood anywhere near long enough for the Kissel 8-126 engine. The Kissel in your pictures is not listed in the Kissel registry. It could be a hitherto unknown original or a mistaken restoration. If one could get the engine number and/or the cowl number for the car, we could easily identify it more correctly. Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  21. All - Especially with the rarer, old makes like zepher and I have, it’s essential to locate and store a parts car (or several). One parts car with rotted wood and shot up body out of a field costs less, $500 for example, than machining a set of connecting rods that you can salvage out of it. Been there. I have several wrecked piles of Kissel parts cars and this has made my retirement tasks of restoring “good” Kissels much more enjoyable. The downside is where to store the parts cars. If you solve that, you are good to go. Ron hausmann p.e.
  22. Actually, considering the insanity we face almost daily in our businesses, our lives, and our world, this course really doesn’t seem to be too bad. True peace and serenity sounds pretty appealing. ron
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