okie found it is in fact " vmlinuz-2.4.20-31.9 " so by making that part of grub.conf
I had high hopes... but ...
title RedHat 9
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-31.9 root=LABEL=/1 hdc=ide-scsi rhgb
now I get:
This too is a tad curious:
ext2fs partition type0x83
Error 15 File not found.
I think getting closer can smell it, but still can't see it
[root@localhost ken]# mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/RH9
mount: /dev/hda1 already mounted or /mnt/RH9 busy
mount: according to mtab, /dev/hda1 is already mounted on /mnt/RH9