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  1. Another point about the cylinder hold down nuts: Both the Series 10 and Series 11 owners' manuals have "tighten cylinder hold down nuts" as part of the monthly service. I think this is part of regular service for later Franklins as well. Until very recently, I owned a 10B that had the original two nuts on each corner of each cylinder. When I bought the car, several nuts were loose enough that oil was leaking out. I made sure all the nuts were tight and I checked all the nuts yearly. After the first tightening, none of the nuts could be tightened more than a few degrees. If you tighten cyl
  2. South Carolina -- Got it on 28th.
  3. Need one Demountable Rim Clamp Bolt Franklin PN 27685. Bolt fits Series 10 and 11 with demountable rims and wood spoke wheels. Need 1, but it would be nice to have a spare. Frank Pennypacker
  4. I am located in Wisconsin. Measuring with a steel tape, this seems to be the same as the drawing. There is a twist at the top of the arch, I cannot measure it accurately, but it looks about right. The diameter of the pipe I have is 1 1/2. I do not know what drawing you used in your post. The Series 11 Parts Book says the tail pipe is 33540. The club archive does not have that drawing. The supplier is Kepich. I recommend sending a drawing. To rjp: If you want it, send me your address and I will ship the pipe to you by UPS Ground and you can send me a check for the sh
  5. I have a tail pipe that may fit a Franklin. I asked a well known custom exhaust components supplier to make a tail pipe for a Franklin 10B touring car. I asked if he needed a drawing. The answer was, "We make a lot of tail pipes for Franklins and we know the dimensions." I received the tail pipe in the picture. It does not fit my 10B touring car. I sent a drawing from the club archive and ordered another one. The second one, made from the drawing, fits and is installed in the car. I do not know what model of Franklin the one I have will fit, except that the supplier insisted that it wo
  6. The autumn leaves are better if you are driving a Franklin.
  7. Roger, I was able to unscrew the gas gauge in my car using a large pipe wrench, one large enough for 2 inch pipe. I avoided marring the finish be wrapping the gauge with a cloth before applying the wrench. If you don't have one, perhaps you can borrow one. The tube seemed to be pressed into the casting and I concluded that I could not separate the tube and the casting without breaking something. There is a square rod twisted into a spiral that causes the float to turn the gauge needle. There was enough corrosion, that I did not expect it to come apart without breaking. I
  8. Roger, Congratulations on being the new owner of a Franklin 11A. The car should be a delight to drive and a beauty to the eye. I couldn't agree more that a fuel connection using a rubber hose connected to the bottom of the tank is very unsatisfactory and also dangerous. The unit in your picture looks beyond repair. The best thing to do would be to get another unit that can be reconditioned. This unit does several functions: A tube carries fuel from the tank to the fuel line, There is a hole in the tube about 2 inches from the bottom which stops the fuel when the level of t
  9. Nothing is better than riding with my granddaughter in a Franklin touring car on a beautiful early autumn day.
  10. Ed, I suggest you look at Franklin dwg 28902 which is the dwg for the gauge (available in club online archive). This dwg includes variations for Series 10 and 11. Pn 31404 is the pn for most of Series 11. The gauges were different because the gas tanks were different in size. If you check a part against the drawing you will be able to determine if the gauge is right for your car. I need the cork float for my gas gauge. The rest of the gauge is ok, just needs cleaning. If anybody knows where I can get one, the information will be much appreciated. I expect that I will have to use a flo
  11. I replaced the coil and the condenser. The car runs a lot better than it did, cold or hot. In my original posting, I said the car ran ok when cold. Now it runs a lot better even when cold. I drove it for about 1/2 hour when the air temperature was above 80 degrees and it did not lose power. I stopped the road test because it started to rain. Tomorrow, I will run it for about an hour, but I am pretty sure it is ok. As Scott recommended, I went to the local parts store, in this case, O'Reilly, and asked for a condenser for a 1953 Chevy. The man behind the counter came up with BWD pn G10
  12. Thank you both for the recommendation. I was thinking carburetion. A couple years ago, on another Franklin with a Stromberg OE carb, I had a stuck float that was causing flooding and it seemed just like what I was experiencing with my 10B. I think I have eliminated flooding as a possibility. I have known for a long time that it is better to have the coil on the inside of the firewall. It sure gets hot under the hood of a Franklin. High temperature tends to wreck coils of many turns of fine wire, like an ignition coil. I am now relocating the coil inside the firewall. I am using a new c
  13. Last year my 10B ran great. This year it runs great at startup but loses power at low rpms after running for a while. It will die at idle. If the engine is shut off and allowed to cool, it runs great again, until it warms up. When it loses power, it is still smooth. No sputtering. It seems to be firing equally on all cylinders. It seems almost normal at high rpms. Warmer weather is worse than cold weather. This is temperature related. The engine has a Stromberg OE-1 carburetor. I disassembled and cleaned the carburetor. Cleaning the carburetor made no difference. A previous owner
  14. Yesterday, June 1 was a beautiful day in Sun Prairie, WI. It was a wonderful day to drive around in a touring car and an even more wonderful day if the touring car is a Franklin. I invited two friends, who are not fortunate enough to own Franklins, to join me and we had a wonderful time. One of the friends took videos on his iPhone. I have three files, but I can only attach one of them, because of the size limitation. Frank IMG_1805.MOV
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