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1917 Kissel Model 6-38 US Army Truck - Light Troop Carrier


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Status update. As of August 24, 2020;

1. Dietz cowl lights and military tail light have been installed.

2. “U.S.” emblems have been redone to the prevalent WW1 style block lettering seen in old light truck photos.

3. Shortened, more vertical steering column has been fitted and permanently installed. Very good job by machinist.

4. Neville fat-man steering wheel has been refurbished and restrained.

5. Neville steering wheel has been taper-bored to fit Kissel steering column and mounted. It looks almost too good to be on a truck, but it makes vehicle entry a breeze.

6. Engine parts have been collected and ready to go to engine rebuilder, St. Claire Engine Rebuilders.

    Next up is delivering engine, working on radiator and aprons, lettering the hood, wiring instrument box, and doing cushion and backrest work in drivers compartment.
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All - World War One vehicle history is amazing! There were 294 separate vehicle manufacturers who supplied the US Army in WW 1. What a logistical nightmare. 
    They seem to have standardized some of this mess in late 1918 after cessation of hostilities.

    Ron

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All - status as of September 7, 2020.

A. Not much body progress.

B. Doing misc trim work and fittings.

C. Carb breather tube has been blasted and finished.

D. Spark plug wire loom has been rebuilt using brass. Original was brass and bakelite.

D. Stewart vacuumed tank has been completely blasted and rebuilt. Lo9ks beautiful.

E. Rubber running board material has been placed on the cargo floor

F. Carb rebuilding is underway. This engine uses a Stromberg LB-1
 

    Still waiting for fenders from body work person and getting spare tire hardware back from sandblasted.

    Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Restored the Stromberg LB-1 carburetor this week. Used industrial strength toilet bowl cleaner to remove the brass tarnish. Old trick. It just stains your fingernails. The carb has a lot of air passages which needed to be sized as well as cleaned. Luckily I received an early Stromberg manual used for this style carb which gave me the Correct settings.

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All,

    Here’s our status as of today, October 9, 2020:

a. Fender mounting has started. They are stretched, fitted, primed, and painted. Started on rear.

b. Dashboard instrument panel has been completed and mounted. I had to drill several special holes in the dash for wire looms to go thru. It looks just great. 
c. Instrument wiring has been done. I have three wonderful Contemporary wiring Diagrams including the one in the Kissel Hundred Point manual; each of these is different! So I mirrored most of the old connections on the fuse panel and ignition and found that most of the wiring follows the “Standard Catalogue” and not the diagram in the manual. I will be sure to have a fire extinguisher close by when I test this mess.

d. Headlights have been completed but won’t be mounted until radiator and engine are in. 
thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Just now, ron hausmann said:

All,

    Here’s our status as of today, October 9, 2020:

a. Fender mounting has started. They are stretched, fitted, primed, and painted. Started on rear.

b. Dashboard instrument panel has been completed and mounted. I had to drill several special holes in the dash for wire looms to go thru. It looks just great. 
c. Instrument wiring has been done. I have three wonderful Contemporary wiring Diagrams including the one in the Kissel Hundred Point manual; each of these is different! So I mirrored most of the old connections on the fuse panel and ignition and found that most of the wiring follows the “Standard Catalogue” and not the diagram in the manual. I will be sure to have a fire extinguisher close by when I test this mess.

d. Headlights have been completed but won’t be mounted until radiator and engine are in. 
thanks, Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

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All,

   Here is the status as of December 2, 2020. Well over half done and now just a a few big things remain.

A. Body is done except for front fenders. These come from my sheet metal guy this week.

B. radiator fitment  and hood fitting is done. I used a spare radiator shell to accomplish this. Real radiator and shell are at radiator shop being re-cored.

C. Hood latches are done. Drilling thru frame was tough. 
D. Serial numbers on Hood are done. Regulation 4”. The first 2 means 1-ton truck?

E. engine trim is done and awaiting engine. This won’t be done until spring. St. Claire Engine.

F. Canvas top and sides will go on in February. MArk Lardner.
    Meantime, have started on my last restoration, a stock 1923 Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug.
    Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Been awhile since my last status report. been working on other cars and this one . As of today February 20, 2021,  - - - 

a. Truck is loaded and goes to upholstery shop Monday for canvas top and shades.

b. Ngine is being overhauled at St. Claire Engine,

c. Radiator repair-core work will be done next week.

d. Starter has been rebuilt by AER. Generator rebuild/ rewind is almost done.

E. still need to put a hitch on.

f. Created spare tire side mount hardware. 
g. Restored fold up stretcher from WW1

Ron Hausmann P.E.

 

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All,

   Here is 1917 Kissel Light Artillery Truck as of today, March 13, 2021. Top material is being applied. Still need to finish trimming and fasteners and straps for roll-up sides and interior curtains. 
   Getting there!

   Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Ron  just  found your  post . Fabulous   project  and    I  know  what  it  takes  to  get  there.  I  own  an  original  1918  Dodge  Light  Repair  truck. I  also  cloned  another  one   starting   with a  passenger  car  chassis. Another  Dodge  was cloned  into  an  army  staff  car  c 1916   I  have  recently  completed  a Kissell   built   1918  FWD  mobile artillery  repair   shop. I  am  now   working  on a  1918  Cadillac  7 passenger  touring the  type that  was   bought  by  the  US  army.

Keep  up  the  excellent  work

Bob

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On 4/25/2021 at 10:15 PM, Terry Harper said:

Bob,

The FWD looks fantastic!

Thank  you Terry   . I  have only   driven  it  in  my  yard    . But  she  starts  shifts  and  stops.  Thanks  for your  help  in  bringing  the  project together.  How  goes  your  Wisconsin?

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