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Kissel 1918 Sedanette

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All,

     Finished mounting the new Houk wire wheels and spare on to the car this week. Had to redo two spare front hubs because of a problem with bearing races in the remachined ones. Getting races to match hundred year old bearings can be a challenge. I solved it by using old races from old hubs which were in excellent shape. 

     Note that on Kissel Kars of this time frame, the front tires are to be smooth while the tears are to be “non-skids”. I know it 

oops goofy, but it is exactly as it’s supposed to be. 

     Also have mounted all the seats and done what pedal adjusting is possible without driving. Mounting horn was also accomplished - Spartan Model J is the correct horn for this car.

      Monday, April 22, 2019, we will fire her up and test drive I for awhile. I hope like hell that all my wiring is correct!

      Ron Hausmann P.E.

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What a fantastic restoration.  I hope to see it on a show field soon.

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Wowie! Fabulous car and work done on it.

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Jan,

i used floor mat materials that I had left over from prior restorations. I’m not sure if it was material from Restoration Supply, Lowe’s, or Home Depot. Some of the common hardware store and internet-available materials actually are the same as more expensive materials from antique sources, yet are virtually identical.

thanks, Ron 

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Jan,

The aluminum trim around the panels did come from an antique car supplier, while the aluminum trim grommets around the pedals are original Kissel parts that I buffed out.

thanks, Ron 

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Ron,

 

This maybe a silly question, but how are the aluminium stirps fitted to the floor panels, I cannot see any screw holes?. Excellent restoration and I have enjoyed reading your posts and seeing the Kissel come together.

 

Mike

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Mike ,

Not a silly question.

The aluminum panel trim strips are L-shaped. The hidden sides that surround the panels are flat and drilled and countersunk for small trim screws to anchor each piece to the sides.

lot of work.

Thanks, Ron

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Thanks for that, Ron. You have given me an idea for the floor on my 1914 Humberette, as it has a removable floor board to get to the gearbox. I was thinking of 'lino' for the floor covering but I may use rubber matting instead.

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Ron, wonderful work on the  Kissel. Beautiful car. Thanks, John

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All, - This is how she looks today. Essentially done, except missing interior upholstery and some door and hood latch trim being nickeled. I have started working on convertible top sockets and top bows. Ultimately, I plan on displaying her in Convertible guise with the removeable (black) hard top next to it.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Posted (edited)

Wonderful looking car! Beautiful work and congratulations on your finishing of the job. PM sent.

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You are leaving us in suspense! Did you do the test drive on Monday? How did it go? I have been watching and enjoying your thread for a long time, but this is the first time I have posted a response. 

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Tom,

      On Monday we tested my wiring job. My wiring was fine but the original ignition switch was bad. Upon inspection it looks like the brass contacts are loose and my modern solder just causes havoc with the original leaded solder, so I couldn’t resurrect that switch. Luckily I had several externally similar switch knobs so we canabalized one that works. We aren’t done yet but we did “bump” the ignition system and the engine turns fine. We should be driving very soon. Below is a picture of a correct KisselKar dash with unique ignition switch that mounts in, not on, the dash. Ron

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All

    Coincidence never ceases to astound me - out of the blue yesterday,  I was contacted by a person who has a complete NOS, yes NOS, convertible top  for a 1917-1918 Kissel Sedanlette. It has never been mounted. Yes brand new101-year old convertible top.The fabric is somewhat deteriorated due to age, handling and humidity, but the sockets, and top bows, AND all top rest hardware unique to Kissel, are there. It’s perfect for everything and pattern. It even has the Kissel rear portholes. 

    I just bought it outright. How could we not? Here are some pictures. 

    I will have I reupholstered in wine -colored fabric next month once I get it. 

    Wow - what are the chances of this occurring?

    Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Go down to your local store RIGHT NOW and buy a lottery ticket!

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Fantastic.......photograph it in detail for future historical knowledge. I would send photos of it to Trimacar .......he would be intrested.. 

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2 hours ago, ron hausmann said:

All

    Coincidence never ceases to astound me - out of the blue yesterday,  I was contacted by a person who has a complete NOS, yes NOS, convertible top  for a 1917-1918 Kissel Sedanlette. It has never been mounted. Yes brand new101-year old convertible top.The fabric is somewhat deteriorated due to age, handling and humidity, but the sockets, and top bows, AND all top rest hardware unique to Kissel, are there. It’s perfect for everything and pattern. It even has the Kissel rear portholes. 

    I just bought it outright. How could we not? Here are some pictures. 

    I will have I reupholstered in wine -colored fabric next month once I get it. 

    Wow - what are the chances of this occurring?

    Ron Hausmann P.E.

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You advertised you wanted one  - isn't this supposed to be the result :) ?

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Is it my imagination or is that rear arm rest form made out of aluminum?

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Don’t look so close. Wood was hard to get. This one will be covered with original padding no and leather!

thanks, Ron 

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5 hours ago, John_Mereness said:

You advertised you wanted one  - isn't this supposed to be the result :) ?

 

John -

Yup, I was certain that someone out-of-the-blue would show up with a 1918 Kissel Sedanlette top and fittings in NOS condition.

Happens all the time - - -

RON 

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All -

       As of today, May 9, 2019, we received the NOS convertible top It is a “Higgins” top, similar but not the same as the more common “Goulde” top. This specimen is in better shape than I had ever hoped for !! Although the 102-year old fabric is brittle and deteriorating from never having been unfurled in all that time, the fittings and sockets are shiney brand new, and the bows are excellent !! The original beveled glass portholes and frames are fantastic. And because the top is all there, my upholstery guy can use it for exact patterns for the new fabric. 

      As this one-of-a-kind, unique, first ever convertible-hard top nears completion, these are the upcoming work items which will be documented ;

      A.  Radiator needs to be lowered by de-shimming to better fit the hood.

      B.  Hood latches and hood will be mounted once radiator is adjusted.

      C.  Upholstery on interior of hard top and main body is scheduled for June.

      D.  Handles and trim need to be applied. They are. Wing nickeled now.

      E.  Once hard top interior upholstery is done, hard top will be dismounted and put onto a wheeled display dolly.

      F.  Once hard top is upholstered and dismounted, convertible top will be mounted for fitment.

      G. Convertible top will be recovered to original pattern with cognac colored fabric.

      H. Newly nickeled convertible windshield will be mounted.

stay tuned. 

      Ron Hausmann P.E.

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