ron hausmann

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  1. I have an unrestored 1931 Desoto sedan with 32000 miles for sale. I’m second owner. Whole car, not just engine. Drove it in college and parked it in 1984. Always heated garage. PM me if interested. Thanks, Ron
  2. All Opinion piece. The only example that I know of that is even close to how this “novel” caronavirus operates is the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Before all of our lifetimes. Before easy air and car travel. During that pandemic, many thousands of folks died during the “first wave” of that flu. Like now. But MORE people died during the second and successive waves of that virus that followed the first wave. In the UK, twice as many folks died in the second wave of the Spanish flu. So, based on that example, with China returning to normal after its first wave, let’s see if the COVOD19 stays buried or comes back there for a second wave. Getting back to the topic of this forum, the China comeback will tell us a lot about our antique car futures. If no second wave risk shows up, our hobbling probably will be back in step by this summer. But if we see that second waves occur, this will be an 18-24 month disaster. Selling our cars or getting way to old to safely drive them. My humble opinion Now I’m going to my shop to work alone on my 1918 restoration another day Ron Hausmann P.E.
  3. Los Angeles just ordered a one month mandatory quarantine for everyone, with very very few exceptions . Big time shut down of a major city. One month! Ron
  4. All - while working alone on my current 1918 truck restoration and listening to both the lefty and righty radio channels, I’ve had a lot of time to think. COVID19 virus, stock market plunge, massive layoffs, shortages of healthcare guys, etc. Here is what I predict and I hope I’m wrong: 1. Dow keeps dropping to 15,000. 2. Most retirement and 401ks down 50% by this summer. 3. China tries ramping back up , but second wave of COVID19 keeps coming back. Nothing works without a cure. 4. States mobilize their National Guards to help healthcare but also enforce a new national quarantine. 5. US is ordered under true Marshall law-type quarantine at home for two weeks this April. 6. Virus keeps spreading, slowly in US for 18 months til vaccine is arrived at. 7. Federal Stimulus bills will almost “bankrupt” federal government. As a result, Paper money value will plummet. 8. US real estate values will plummet. 9. Over the next 18 months to two years, US economy is damaged worse than Great Depression. Worst damage ever in our history. Hope I’m wrong. Ron
  5. Starting to look like a truck as of March 18, 2020. Ron Hausmann
  6. John - it is possible that your is a picture of a 1929 - 1930 Kissel White Eagle Sedan. The body lines, step plates, wheel hubs, and doors match the one existing White Eagle model pictured here. However your pictured car is longer with rear quarter panel windows, which may be for a longer Kissel Model 8-126 seven passenger sedan, none of which survive.
  7. Here are cargo/trooper benches which make up the lower body of the truck. The front driver seat and cowl have not yet been added. All carved oak. thanks, Ron Hausmann
  8. Hey harvest, I’m “building” a 1918 Kissel US Army light Truck which could easily accommodate an old hitch like this. Can you please send me a couple of dimensions for this and a price ? Thank you. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  9. Charlie, At my rate of one restoration every 2-5 years, and with two definite jobs in front of me after this truck, my old body may not last long enough to get to a wrecker. I do all the work alone, including carving the oak, and that wreaks havoc on my joints. we’ll see ron
  10. As of February 26, 2020, work is progressing on the framework for the truck body. I’m using premium red oak planking as originally, Kissel used Oak and ash. I’m reverse engineering the framework dimensions from the pictures which I have. See below. This work has highlited a number of problems with stiffness and clearances whichthe original designers must have dealt with. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  11. While it might take a couple years, plant the seed about doing something for your grandchildren rather than having a pile of nothing hidden in a garage. Guilt works. I’ve gotten three Kissels that way. Let the old guy know you are interested, call every few months, talk about “doing something” for the grandchildren before it’s too late, and sooner or later they will sell. Logic will prevail in the end. One car took three years before the cave occurred. Unfortunately this same logic does get self-applied sooner or later. I’m finding Now that I need to start selling some of my own stuff! Ron
  12. Yup William Ruger Sr. founded the firearms company that bears his name. He was a renowned car guy from what I’ve heard. Many of his cars came from “Autorama” before it went out of business. That’s where he got the Gold Bug. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  13. 1937hd45 - His name was Andrew Kissel. He was an overall rascal. White collar crook. His brother was murdered by his wife in Hong Kong. He was Murdered by his Valet. To my knowledge he owned one Kissel - my 1923 Kissel Gold Bug Soeedster. Some backstory - Andrew Kissel bought the Ruger Gold Bug, my car, at auction when Ruger Sr. Passed. When the law was closing in on Andrew Kissel, the feds seized his assets including the Kissel car. That car sat in a warehouse for two years until the feds sold it at auction without any fanfare. It had deteriorated and didn’t run. Andrew Kissel never cared for it. I believe I was the only guy at that auction who knew that cars provenance and I was lucky enough to get it. I keep the Andrew Kissel registration n the car to brag. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  14. All - i agree with all of the statements above in Restorer32’s post. The term “Gold Bug” was a Milwaukee Journal newspaper name from the time that stuck! When they were introduced in 1919, the non-custom Kissel speedsters were factory painted all yellow - frames, axles, fenders, insides of framing, etc. after awhile many folks found that maintaining a yellow undercarriage was hard, they switched to black chassis, but all yellow Speedsters are correct. There is a 1922 Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug Speedster undergoing a painstakingly beautiful restoration in New Hampshire right now which has this all yellow color scheme. His car is utilizing the bold yellow shade. Stay tuned. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  15. Bob - in my understanding, and per some of the old reference manuals, Kissel used several standard colors or you could order your Kissel direct in ANY color. Some of the old manuals describe Kissel colors as “optional”. So I’ve followed the practice that any color goes as long as it is period correct. Some of their more standard colors were Holland Blue, red, green, and of course yellow. Most but not all fenders were black. ron
  16. 137hd45 - There are old hand painted canvas tire covers on the spare tires. Painted with a vague landscape (?) scene. Weird. As to color, yes the colors on several extant Gold Bugs does vary. Mine was restored by William Ruger, who used a pale yellow as shown above. Lynn Missel restored his Hold Bug with a brighter more robust yellow after a lot of research into underlying paint coatings. His belief was that the deeper yellow is more authentic. No “original” yellow bugs have survived to define this question. In my opinion, pale yellow as on my car looks better with the tan top, while bold yellow looks better with black tops. Here are two examples of mine and Val Quants Kissel book yellow. Thanks, Ron
  17. Mike - no, the fatty arbuckle car isn’t mine. I believe it’s now east coast owned. Mine was the one owned by William Ruger of Ruger firearms and was prior an exhibit in Les Zimmermans Autorama in Harrisburg. ron
  18. Ed - the Kissel Klub has a Kissel registry of every known Kissel car. This listing is not public but is accessible to all Kissel owners and their associates. It’s pretty complete but every so often another Kissel that’s unknown will show up. The two Kissels in this post string, for example, were previously not known to the registry. Ron
  19. Thanks Greg, At some point before the Gold Bug was parked in its shed in 1956, (where I found it a few years ago) some idiot had split the front frame crossmember and welded a different front bar onto the frame, and widened the front of the frame, in order to put a V8 in it. And they disassembled the body. They put a bigger Cadillac front axle on with buffalo #6 front wheels on it. You can see this in the pictures. They never finished their Frankenstein. Although they saved the correct front axle and hubs, the frame was butchered. You could not use it to make a drive around car. As to the touring parts car, it has no wood. I do have an earlier Kissel 6-45 frame which is not suitable for a Gold Bug, and spare 6-45 engine block and parts so it could be restored with a hell of a lot of work. But it actually is a “Standard Touring” body style, which was Kissels cheapest one. I may just leave the rest of the Kissel Touring parts for a future decision. But using the frame and engine to complete a 100% complete iconic Kissel Gold Bug is for certain. Thanks, Ron
  20. Kissel 6-45 engine. Rare as hens teeth.
  21. Al - this Gold Bug restoration was pushed back. However, I was VERY fortunate a couple weeks ago to locate a previously unlisted Kissel 6-45 parts car in California. I bought it and now I have a complete correct Kissel 6-45 engine AND complete, un-cut chassis for the unrestored Gold Bug . Kissel 6-45 frames are longer and 6-45 engines are bigger, and the 6-45’s have the rare suicide seats. In my opinion, these are the best of the Kissel made sixes. Below are pictures of the Gold Bug with its incorrect front axle and cut frame, and also the just acquired Kissel 6-45 parts car. Between the two, I now have 100.000% of the parts to do a perfect restoration of this Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug Speedster. I’ll do that after I finish my current restoration, the 1918 Kissel Model 6-38 Army Truck. It’s discussed under the Restorations forum. thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  22. Dei - for all my restorations I have the chassis parts sandblasted and powder-coated in black. You can paint over the powder coating or just leave it as this one is. It’s not expensive and very durable. thanks, Ron
  23. Gerczak - I have a 1926-ish Kissel 8-75 chassis with engine. I think the earlier Kissel 8-75 is the same as your 8-95 block. It has all engine internals. I would sell the engine and internals if that would help you. thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.
  24. DB - I have the chassis parts from three or four late twenties Kissels in my stash of parts cars. So if you wreck parts I probably have replacements to suit. These would be unrestored as-found-in-junkyard quality, probably frozen, but useable. let me know if I can help. ron