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    Appropriate amperage reading at idle?

    Thanks to all for the great feedback/advice. I appreciate it. Jim
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    Appropriate amperage reading at idle?

    Thank you for the advice. I did a search and was not finding instructions on how to adjust the generator (the shop manuals for my specific vehicle include limited information), and I have not previously owned a vehicle of this vintage. I will conduct an additional search. Thanks again Jim
  3. I am slowly bringing a 1929 Franklin 135 back to the road after many years of storage by a previous owner. Currently, my dash amp meter gauge reads +10 amps charging at idle. It increases as I accelerate. if I turn on the headlights, the gauge stays positive but is close to zero at idle. Is this “normal”, or should the amperage read closer to zero? Thanks Jim
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    Am I able to use 7.00 x 19 tires on a 1929 Model 135? I do not have sidemounts. I have the wood wheels with collapsible rims. The car currently has 6.50 x 19. Would the 7.00 x 19 be any more difficult to mount than the 6.50 x 19 on my current collapsible rims? Thanks
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    Having used the great advice provided to learn to remove and reinstall tires, tubes and flaps........ I am now requesting recommendations for new tire and tube purchases for my 1929 Franklin Model 135? Questions for tire size 6.50 x 19: 1) Preferred dealers? I have no previous experience or bias with any of the classic tire dealers. I live in California and could potentially pick the tires up from dealers in the state, eg Lucas tire. 2) Preferred brand of tire? Is there any chance of something being manufactured in the U.S.? 3) Preferred supplier of tubes? Is there a quality tube supplier available? I see tubes priced between $27-$58. Are they different? I have read that some folks have used modern light truck tire tubes, but I do not know, if such would exist in the 19 inch size? Any thoughts or experience? 4). Whitewall or Blackwall? I have read the new whitewalls are poorly made and the whitewall begins to immediately discolor to tan and can not be readily bleached to white? 5). Potential to request tires recently manufactured? I have read that some suppliers will ship “new” tires that are already several years old. Thoughts or experiences to avoid this? 6). I saw an offering of a radial in this size? Is a radial a viable consideration for this vehicle? I have the wood spoke wheels on my car. I do not have overdrive or different rear end gears, so my cruising speed seems to only be approximately 41 mph. I am not trying to go the cheapest route and would like to do tire changes and repairs as little as possible. I can now do the repairs, but it still requires an hour or more per wheel. I will be regularly driving my car. Thanks for any thoughts or advice. Jim
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    Thank you, Bill It helps to know that I am removing the rim from the tire. I was concerned to potentially bend the rim by pulling in too far, and I did remove the tool before trying to remove the tire. I will follow your advice, and I should have better luck. Thanks again. Jim
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I have a further question for removing the tire, tube and liner from the split rim. My question: When attempting to remove the tire from the split rim: 1) am I trying to remove the tire from the rim? or......... 2) am I trying to remove the rim from the tire? I can get the top bead of the tire off the rim, but I am having a very difficult time removing the bottom bead (with the flap and tube) from the rim to free the entire tire, tube and flap assembly as a single unit. I still feel I am missing something obvious? Thank you Jim
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    1930 Franklin Dietrich Speedster

    This is a beautiful automobile! I am not a buyer. But, given the rarity of this model and the fact there would be few comparison sales, how might one arrive at an appropriate number for a purchase price? I am asking only to become a bit more educated. And.....I understand that value is what someone is willing to pay. I am simply wondering, if there is a quantifiable method to approach assigning or estimating value for a vehicle with few “market-similar” sales. Thanks Jim
  9. Thanks Joe. I will give that a try next weekend. Jim
  10. I appreciate the additional insight. Thank you, again. Jim
  11. Thank you, Joe. This is a factory A/C car, and I will check the vacuum system as you have described. is it also possible the heater control valve has gone bad? I had heat at acceleration, when I purchased the car about 8 years ago. The only real change I made was to have a shop convert the A/C to R134, but there was no other change to the factory set up, of which I am aware. I live in a very hot area, so the heater is rarely used. There is a temperature gauge in the cluster and it does not change from normal operating temperature, when I accelerate. I did have the problem before and after changing the thermostat and flushing the cooling system. Thank you, again. Jim
  12. I have a 1968 442 4-speed convertible that is stock. When stopped, I have full interior heat, but the air goes cold when I am moving. When I flushed the cooling system, I replaced the thermostat with no change in the loss of heat when moving. What obvious thing am I missing? I appreciate any help. Thanks Jim
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    1929 Model 135 questions

    I checked the Valvoline website, and they indicated the racing oil could also be safely used in passenger cars. As as I mentioned earlier, I am using this as a standard, non-synthetic motor oil with adequate amounts of zinc phosphate. Jim
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    1929 Model 135 questions

    Thank you for the contact for Mr Hull. I will contact him. I have purchased wiring from Rhode Island and used their products for two previous vehicles. I prefer to make my own harnesses, and RI has provided great quality and service. I appreciate the oil thoughts. I will go to a heavier weight oil, such as 20w40 or 20w50. As I indicated, I chose the oil based on the fact that it was non-synthetic and had adequate amounts of zinc phosphate. I appreciate the thoughts and advice provided. Jim
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    1929 Model 135 questions

    It does not seem possible to acquire the right side stanchion from the contact provided. I am wondering if anyone has other creative solutions/ideas for a right side brake/signal light combination that would look reasonable? Thanks Jim