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Kissel 1918 Sedanette

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We've seen oak, ash and even some maple and mahogany in cars we have done. We even did a '28 Caddy Dual Cowl that someone had used treated pine lumber to repair but that's another story.

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Update. Chassis with new brakes and heavily sanded wheels finally done. Here's a picture from 1-17-15 of the chassis in the foreground with my 5 (yes 5) other Kissels in the background

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Recent pictures of sole surviving 1918 Kissel Sedanette restoration, phase 2. The removeable top has been leveled and a permanent stand/jog has been fabricated. The base of the top (pictured) has 12 studs which mate to female holes in the body (not pictured. These are then bolted in place for an exact fit. The pin points need to be EXACT in three dimensions, and dead level, which they are now. Also removed and disassembled the 97 year old windshield which is in pretty good shape, considering. rubber seals are rock hard though.

RON HAUSMANN P.E.

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Updated pictures of restoration as of April 3, 2015.

Removable wood carved top has been restored, strengthened, and made new with carved oak and epoxy. Then I have "slung" the top from the shop joists, above completed chassis, so wood body parts can be "mated" properly in three dimensions. Oak Body pillars and framework are being fabricated by hand and thus fitted. It's starting to look like a car, a really BIG car in fact !! Mating the removable top and bottom halves of doors will be a chore, since no original hardware survived.

Stay Tuned. RON HAUSMANN P.E.

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Here is the restoration status as of May 25, 2015 in text and pictures. the oak body frame, complete with routed window channels has been assembled and glued together. Metal body panels are almost done being fitted. creating the wood floor structure is underway as is the space for the trunk, which is really small but detailed. I've just located a sales brochure and original parts manual supplement which helped me to figure out the top mounts and door hinges. Also got US Patent office Kissel documents which show the patented Kissel "All Year Top" mounting details.

With all this oak carving, I now have developed Carpel Tunnel Syndrome - a real bummer.

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Here is the status as of June 30,2015 at 8 PM.

Nearly all of the basic wood carving is done, FINALLY. Just the doors and trunk left to make. the three dimensional pins for the removeable top all mate.

All the sheet metal remnants fit perfectly, which comes as a surprise to me. I thought that there would be some giant mistakes. I fitted the lower doors, seats, hood, and body panels today one last time.

Now I need to get a sheet metal expert to help patch the rotten areas. The engine part sorting from two different parts cars can proceed.

Thank God that I have a patient wife.

Thanks, RON

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Here is an update of restoration status as of July 27, 2015. We were happily interrupted since last update by the birth of another grandson and two family vacations, so less advanced than normally would be.

Door bottoms are carved and fitted to the skins. They fit tightly.

Door tops are reglued after disassembly and some new pieces. they mate fine.

Found two SOSS disappearing hinges (special from Duesenberg) that match my Kissel ones. Thanks to Pete and AACA.

Bought two remaining regular brass hinges. Unclear why Kissel used three SOSS and one regular per door ??

Soon, body will be removed from frame for sheet metal fitting.

RON

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A couple more pictures of the perfectly fitting "dutch" doors that the All-Year Kissel requires, so that the top can  be removed. I'll never do another wood restoration, but time aside, am very proud of how my carved oak members and features fit!

Thanks, RON HAUSMANN P.E.

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This month's restoration update and pictures. August was car show and Woodward Dream Cruise month so less progress.

We used the one rusty remaining original Kissel body fitting to fabricate a dozen new ones. These L-shaped male and female members mate the dutch doors together so that they act as one when the hard top is on, but you can remove the top halves easily for convertible use. We followed Kissel's 1917 patent document to make these. (Thanks Joe Leaf)

We fitted and refitted the hinges and body metal and the L-anchors to make an exact fit in three dimensions. Very tedious.

We restored the Kissel patented suicide door release handles, again just like the patent.

We added final reinforcing oak plank at certain points and finished the removeable wood floor plates.

We recarved all the trunk lid oak parts which were rotted and attached the metal and refinished the hinges and latches.

Next up is the cowl and body sheet metal.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

(Last Picture is my 1923 Kissel Brougham Opera Sedan which won at the August Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours.) 

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Been awhile since we updated on our progress on this 1918 Kissel Sedanette restoration.

Since last posting, we have finished the car's dashboard, restored all the instruments (not shown), wired the chassis, and fine tun ed the woodwork. We have finished the carving to the extent that I could remove the carved oak hard top for final finish and paint.

This is the ONLY Kissel All-Year car that has survived with both hard top and convertible top, and as well, the ONLY Kissel Sedanette model to survive.

It is pictured next to my 1923 Kissel Gold Bug and as you can see, this is one big, tall car.!!

Ron Hausmann P.E>  

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All - Here's my monthly update on this restoration. Since last time - - -

Built rear seat deck and created oak compartments under the seat, a common Kissel trait.

Rewired and completely rebuilt the dashboard and ignition parts. Kissel used a unique square CLUM switch.

Carved, set, and trimmed out the door latches, door bumpers, and suicide door dead bolts. very intricate carving.

Readied all engine parts for shipment to my engine rebuilder.

Introduced some of my grandchildren to the car. they loved playing in it!

Thanks, RON HAUSMANN P.E.

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Wow! I just found this thread, and I just wanted to say AWESOME find and that your doing a AWESOME job restoring this piece of history.

Good luck on that rest of the project and thanks for keeping us updated.

Also, you have a great collection!

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All - Here's my monthly update on this restoration. Since last time - - -

Built rear seat deck and created oak compartments under the seat, a common Kissel trait.

Rewired and completely rebuilt the dashboard and ignition parts. Kissel used a unique square CLUM switch.

Carved, set, and trimmed out the door latches, door bumpers, and suicide door dead bolts. very intricate carving.

Readied all engine parts for shipment to my engine rebuilder.

Introduced some of my grandchildren to the car. they loved playing in it!

Thanks, RON HAUSMANN P.E.

I just want you to know you inspired me to tackle a 1917 Lexington, you truly have done some wonderful restorations with Kissels

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Been Awhile since I posted updates on the restoration of this wonderful 1918 Kissel Model 6-38 Sedanlet. These were variously advertised as "Sedane' ", "Sedanlet", or "Sedanlette" models, which is kind of funny because there is only ONE left - this car !

Since last update, we have restored the dash instruments, wired the dash, created and rubberized the floor boards, and fine-tuned the door latches and hinges. Also decided to mount custom - optional Buffalo wire wheels to the car, in lieu of the wood ones now on it. Next week it goes to the sheet metal artist who will help me finish all the metal body panels.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Sheet Metal work is underway at the Mike Kleeves metal forming shop. see attached pictures of the artistry that Mike is performing on this one-of-a-kind Kissel Kar.

RON 

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Beautiful work.  Going to be a stunning car when she is all done.  Your are almost at the home stretch.  Keep up the great work.

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