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  1. 1931 Franklin Sport Salon. One of twelve listed in the Franklin club roster. Car has low roof line, blind rear quarters, 100 hp air cooled motor,4 speed  transmission,and place for large trunk on the back between the fenders. This Franklin has large hydraulic brakes and good road gears  for speed on the highway. The car ran fine 5 years ago when put in a storage building. I may get a battery and monkey with it.  I have the sidemount wheels , correct 12 inch headlights,and the hood shutters plus much more included. Priced fairly at $6500.00 . Why fix model a ford when you can get a full CCCA classic cheaper.  Mike 585 738 1541 located upstate NY.  Easy fast delivery by alocal man in town for a fee.




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  2. When I was a young lad  12 or 13  dad bought me and my best friend a DB touring. We did a lot of work on it including the motor rebuild . It sold to a man that was a dealer . He went by  SPEEDY GRECO. when he passed it was sold and went to Ohio I heard.  I found the serial tag off the car and here it is . I was told it was a 1916. Does the club roster record serial numbers? I'd like to see the car again. Oh I forgot to mention . This all happened 50 years ag0 


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  3. This is a 1932 Franklin convertible I bought about 20 or so years ago and still own.  The car was at one of the first Treks if not the first. It was owned by a past Franklin employee secretary and employee of Air Cooled Motors. Hank Manwell told me when he was a young man walking to school he would see the car parked  in front of the ladys home. Its most interesting owner was Pat Ballard . He was a song writer and composer , a promotional man ..... His uncle said Pat was a gambler , drinker and  a womanizer,  His  daddy owned  2 jewelry  stores in Penn.  Pat would use the car with the lady  singers call the Chordettes. The big song that gave Pat fame and fortune was "Mr Sandman" released in 1954. Pat owned this Franklin then and shows him beside it in a letter to Tom Hubbard. 

    Sadly , all the booze,gambling and chasing ladies killed him prematurely. 



    1932 franklin MR SANDMAN PAT BALLARD.jpg

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  4. My dad bought this Franklin in 1958 at the Watkins Glen Concurs D Elegance during the Grand Prix race week for $350.00 with 6 good tires and a new Duco Black Cherry paint job. He sold the car in 1968 to a local electrician in our home town. I was always after him to buy the car back but it was always NFS. I opened  a beer joint  in 1981 in Livonia and Buck was a good customer.  Still not for sale even though the ca=r sat in a warehouse with flat tires and dirty. In March of 1983 he walked in , ordered a Bud and said "Michael- today is the day!" We agreed quickly on the price and it was all history after that. I married in 1983 , my new wife had a Chevrolet  with a GMAC loan 127.00 a month. We drove the car to Florida and when we got back I took it to a wholesale auction house for dealers only and sold the car. It netted  enough cash to pay off the loan. I had a Ford F250 truck and the new Mrs West drove the Franklin daily  for her only transportation for 4 months. Thats our first baby girl strapped in the jump seat in the rear. 

    I still own the Franklin and I am still married to Mrs West. Both are keepers....

    shari in the 1930 147.jpg

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  5. When I was a kid a neighbor was always working on a project. One winter he stripped the body off a rusted out car that he drove and had replaced . He built a plywood body  that had no doors and a rumble seat. The dash had toggle switches for everything and no speedometer. It was painted bright red. Marty Brennan - Livonia NY  (the owner) gave anyone that wanted a ride around the neighborhood in his new creation. I just found a picture of the car and thought someone might like to see it. I dont remember what the chassis make was but sure the tailights  might be a clew.

    marty brennans wood car.jpg

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  6. I should of been more clear and less specific..... If that makes any sense . I need springs from any  early Dodge Brothers as I need the 3/4 elliptic  style rears like used maybe up into the early 1920s. I should of done more homework before I posted . So I would say all years should work as long as they are the style I mentioned. They are not going on a DB car. If you have some contact me.Thank you, Mike

  7. Hats OFF to everyone involved in the new FRANKLIN SERVICE STATION. Im going to make a wager that this publication really takes off and will be a "Cant wait to get the next one " publication. I received 2 hits today alone for Franklin parts needed .  Great job guys!  

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  8. 2 hours ago, Hupp36 said:

    So, is it  a Franklin clutch disc or  should I  just  though  it  in the  trash?

    Alex, What made you think it was Franklin/ Try it on a known Franklin spline and see if it is correct.  What is the OD measure?  Don't threw it away...

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