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Kissel 1918 Sedanette

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All - beautiful pictures of a freshly painted and dressed Kissel engine ready for testing.

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All - here are pictures of the completed engine. Will fill it with f.uids and test run it on Tuesday December 4, 2018. All the fittings are original. The spark plug loom and carburetor breather are brass and could be either brass or bake lite in original guise. We were. Dry lucky to find the correct rent generator, coil, and distributor combination. 

Thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Ron, I have been following your restoration on the Kissel from the beginning. Wonderful work on a rare and interesting body style.  Thanks. John

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Incredible work.  Next, you should start building some shelving with some spotlighting...for all the awards you'll be winning in the near future.

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All - As of yesterday December 14, 2018, this engine runs and fired up immediately. Very cool ! We will tune it next week. Car itself is prepped for the engine. Might install it yet this year. 

I made a video of the engine taking its first powerful breaths, but AACA posting size limit doesn't allow me to post the video here - too big.

Thanks, RON

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Nothing like the music of a freshly rebuilt antique engine taking its first breaths again! Then after a little tuning and adjustments when it just sits there and purrs is just icing on the cake 🎂. Congrats 

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Here are pics of Kissel Model 6-38 engine ready to be put into the Kissel Sedanlette.

It certainly is a pretty thing!

Ron

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All -

As of January 23, 2019, I'm readying Kissel for transport to the my engine rebuild subcontractor, St. Claire Engine, for installation of the completed powerplant next week. Have also finished dozens of small, important details on the car body and wiring. These included trimming the trunk, finishing tail wiring, fitting windows and window channels, and bumper mount adjustments. I chose delay the  installation of the Houk wire wheels as well as the side windows, until I have the car with engine back at my shop. Unfortunately the car is so tall at 85", that it won't fit into my enclosed trailer, so I must transport it on my open hauler. the less parts at risk for road wear, the better!.

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AWESOME work on the KisselKar! Are you gonna restore that 1931 DeSoto lurking in the background?

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Nope - I doesn't fit with my nickel-era Kissels. I bought it when I was in college (1970) from the ORIGINAL and drove it on expressways. Been sitting since 1984. Will sell it for $8500. RON

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RE :   The wire wheels, are you using non skids on rears and spare,

           with straight treads on the front ... 

           Really like that touch .... 

            Thoroughly enjoy your sharing of this labor of love .....

 

 

 

 

          

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Yes - these Kissel models definitely used non-skids I’m rears and smoothie on fronts as per original factory documents and pictures. Looks a little goofy but actually very very correct.

ron

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Ron,

 

Your car looks awesome, please keep it up and keep posting.  

 

I had a question on Kissel Fuel gauge markings.    It appears that they had King Seely Gauges but I had a question on what were the original markings on the gauge.  I found a photo online that had 0,1/4,1/2,3/4,F and 0,5,10,15 and I asked the museum for a picture and it just had the 0,4,8,12,16 markings.  Do you know which was original or were there multiple different marked gauges?  I found a gauge but it will have to be restored and I was wondering what is correct.

 

Your car looks top notch and I would be great to see it when completed.

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Gerczak,

i am not familiar with these types of gauges. Up until 1924 Kissels used float gas gauges on the gas tanks, not on the dash as these pictures show. My 1925 has a dash mounted gas indicator, but it’s not like those in your pictures. They used a variety of gauge makers. If you have a kissel year and model with more specifics, I can do some digging.

take care, Ron.

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Looks like that fuel gauge works along the same principles as the Hobson Telegauge.

Matthew

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Mathew - the gas gauge in your picture, and the dash face plate, are of a 1928 or 1929 Kissel White Eagle. Those cars had engraved face plates as you can see around the gas gauge. Prior to the white eagle models in 28-29, these type gauges were not used by Kissels.

thanks, Ron 

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as of March 2019, the powerful Kissel Model 6-38 engine has finally been mounted in the car. I’m sore from all the careful contortioning I had to do to get it in, but the effort was worthwhile. Now going to attach control wiring and piping and run it!

Enjoy - Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Ron,

 

Thank you for the information on the fuel gauge.  Your car is really looking great.

 

Mathew,

 

Thanks for the original documentation on the fuel gauge.  I have no idea how you found the instruction sheet but it really helps me out.

 

By the way, the Quam speedster is going to the auction this weekend in Texas.  Not often do the Kissels come up for sale.

 

 

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Ron, the work on the Kissel is first rate. What a beautiful restoration. John

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Remarkable restoration ! The very light engine paint is unusual but I m sure it is another of your carefully researched details. And it certainly is a towering beast.

 

Greg in Canada

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Greg -

Kissel engines seem to have usually been painted this light grey color. Below are several pictures, first of a professionally restored 1921 Kissel Gold Bug engine that won best in Class at Pebble Beach this year, and then two pictures of my original 1921 Kissel Tourster engine. Both are colored light grey. The last is a picture of the completed 1918 Kissel engine in the car. The professionals who restored the Pebble Beach Kissel were extremely careful to research every detail, even wire terminal sizes, and they came to the same conclusi9n that light grey is correct.

thanks, Ron 

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All - date on progress of restoration as of April 4, 2019 - - -

a. Engine has been mounted in car and test run without controls

b. Engine wiring and all lighting electrical have been terminated and completed

c. Carbretpr, choke, advance, and column linkages have been restored and mounted.

d. Electrical disconnect switch (non- original) and gas and prime primer piping and fittings are done.

e. Clutch and brake and emergency pedals and shafts have been mounted.

f. Special Kissel floor trim and escutcheons have been restored and finished.

g. Seats have been temporarily mounted to check pedal distances - ( this car might be uncomfortable to drive!)

h. Neville 18” fat-man steering wheel has been finished and mounted very carefully with quadrant controls. Hard job

i. Car cover has been ordered from California

j. Headlights, radiator trim have been mounted, connected and all rubber radiator pipes done.

K. Convertible top sockets that fit have been located in Minnesota and pieced together with rotted top bows to check fitment. They seem to be exact for this Sedanlette (hens teeth again found!)

 

Next step is to put already-restored wire wheels on to car and to get it upholstered, so its at least done in its hard-top configuration.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

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Engine pictures - she’s really pretty and has a deep voice 

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