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References

Kissel Cars Down Under, John H. Lewis (John H. Lewis, Brisbane, 2006) John Lewis has been involved with vintage cars in Australia for over 35 years, with a particular emphasis on the Kissel and Overland marquees. John is the owner of a 1927 Kissel Model 6-55 Speedster that he has beautifully restored. In honor of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Kissel Motor Car Company, John has written and published a 68-page booklet on the story of Kissel cars in Australia. It is of particular interest to Lynn that John has compiled an almost complete history of Bugsby, including pictures of the car dating back to about 1930. Incredibly, John has been able to learned more about the history of Lynn's car than John has been able to discover about his own car. A feature that Lynn particularly likes is that John has formatted his booklet in the likeness of Kissel Motor Car Company booklets -- nice touch, John.
Branham Automobile Reference Book - 1929 (Ben P. Branham Company, Chicago, 1928) This auto reference book gives location of serial and motor numbers for passenger cars and trucks going back about six years from the copyright date. The book lists model numbers, number of cylinders, bore and stroke, N.A.C.C. HP rating, body type, shipping weight and list price.
Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia - Fifteenth Edition, A. L. Dyke (The Goodhart-Willcox Company, Inc., Chicago, 1927) This extensive and detailed manual provides practical advice on the repair and service of most vehicles at the date of publication.
Kissel Instruction Book No. 6 (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1923) Instruction book covering the Custom Built Six, through about 1923.
Kissel Instruction Book No. 7 (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1924) Instruction book covering the early Model 55, covering 1923-24.
Kissel Instruction Book No. 8 (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1925) Instruction book covering the Models 55 and 75, through about 1927.
Instruction Book No. 8A Kissel Instruction Book No. 8A (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1927) This supplement to Instruction Book No. 8 covering the Models 55 and 75. There are additional instructions for lubrication, oil aerator and filter, air cleaner, and gas filter (gascolator).
Kissel Parts List No. 63 (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1927) Comprehensive parts list with photos for Models 55 and 75. This is the correct parts book for Bugsby. Lynn was able to acquire a copy of this parts list from the Kissel archives maintained by Dale Anderson at the Wisconsin Automobile while attending the 100 year anniversary celebration of the Kissel Motor Car Company.
Kissel Parts List No. 64 (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1927) Comprehensive parts list with photos for Models 55, 65 and 75. The parts for the Model 55 in this book start with cars featuring four-wheel hydraulic brakes. While many of the parts are the same, the correct listing for Bugsby is contained in Kissel Parts List No. 63.
Specifications of the Kissel Model Fifty-Five (Kissel Motor Car Company, Hartford, Wisconsin, c1923) Tri-fold brochure with specifications for the Model 55 (dated 2-8-24).
The Classic Kissel Automobile, Val V. Quandt (Plamer Publications, Amherst, Wisconsin, 1990) Arguably the most complete description of Kissel cars and the history of the Kissel Motor Car Company.
"A History of the Classic Kissel," Karl S. Zahm, The Classic Car, Vol. 37, No. 2 (June 1989) A great history of Kissel with a number of important details. For example, Zahm states that Kissel introduced chrome plating for the external brightwork in 1929.

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