ron hausmann

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Hey Gerczak, im reusing the old driveshaft. These are husky Kissel rods with neat universals in cups at both ends. on this chassis, I painted the springs as assembled, not apart. They are soooo stiff I’m not worried abou5 to much chipping as they flex. i did have to buy a spring spreader to maneuver them onto their mounts. Never used one and they are great. Ron
  5. I’ve titled several junk cars in Michigan. Mine were painless. They were antiques. Go in, tell them you bought the junked car to restore, pay the sales tax on the junk car purchase price that you tell them, pay the title fee, and they mail it to you. You may need a Michigan address. Michigan May have age rules that I’m not familiar with. My four cars were 1920’s Very easy. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. My understanding is that they were a bit more upscale, neither luxury nor working mans cars.They were priced between Plymouth’s and Chrysler’s . Many Chrysler parts interchange. Ron
  18. Here is an updated picture of the restoration planned. It’s proportioned according to actual Kissel dimensi9ns and several period correctarmy truck pictures that We received. Ron
  19. Here is the first set of restoration pictures for this project from this week. Frame selection and disassembly is underway. Unstacking car frames one at a time by one person with a shop crane is tricky. Need to keep cell phone on ones self in case of mishap. I’ve selected a complete 1917 Kissel frame which has its original vehicle number from 1917 on it. It’s rusty, very rusty, but all there including hard-to- find brake drums and mechanism. Will have to do ally of brakefree soaking to get parts off. I’ll also start sorting thru my Kissel parts stash to select pieces that will complete the chassis, hood, cowling, dash, etc.i have an unequalled stash of Kissel parts - useless to most everyone, but priceless to Kissel guys. Once disassembled, axles, frame, and many other chassis parts will be commercially blasted and black powder-coated. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  20. All, Well I finished my 1918 Kissel Gibraltar Sedanlette and am embarking upon my next challenge - a US Army Truck. I have accumulated four - five Kissel Model 6-38 frames, engines, and parts over the last five years. Although I don’t have complete bodies for them, nor enough parts to do complete cars, I DO have enough parts to do complete Kissel light trucks with wood bodies. Kissel did make US Mail and US Army tricks but none have survived. Some were based upon car frames. Pictures of these have survived. I am therefore going to build a 1917 Kissel US Army Truck, bodied as a troop carrier, using the below pictures as guides. I can also use Kissels contemporary sales pictures which sold complete chassis as guides. Maybe this one can be done in two years! The last one took over five, but I built a big house at the same time. Stay tuned. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  21. Hmmm. I guess you either like E & J Model 20 lights or not. Also, either you like those gun-handled Fyrac spotlights or not. Well I do like both so I'll chime in. On the E & J lights - - - One post above talks about these E & J never being standard Kissel factory issue - to my knowledge, yes that is initially correct. However, they were then dealer-installed by Kissel's dealer in Hollywood, California where (yes!) most Kissel Gold Bugs were sold. Below are pictures of two such cars which appear to have had these dealer-installed as standard in Hollywood. E & J Model 20's may sit for sale because folks price them high. Ives seen them offered for $3000 a poor pair - too much. If you've got an unrestored pair, you can get $1200 - $1500 right now. Contact me . On the pistol-grip Fyrac or Clymer spotlights - - - - These either look great on your 1920's car or crappy. They do look good on Kissels. Kissel used Clymer types as factory options. These are easily found on ebay. Unrestored ones go for $35 to $140, depending upon shape they are in and completeness. There are a dozen different handle and light tub variations. Beauty is an opinion, not a fact. Take care. Ron Hausmann P.E.
  22. All - Please somebody buy it! I want to start my next Kissel Kar restoration but just plain have no more realistic work space! Thanks, Ron Hausmann