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  1. My 37 is starting hard and running rough. I noticed that there is some oil/smoke coming from the exhaust manifold, from the second joint of the three part system.  Before I start dismantling everything, could a leak like this be causing the rough running engine, or should I be looking for stuck valves?

  2. My wife and I researched this fairly extensively a few years ago with a very knowledgeable collector and found no Franklin models. There was a small, very limited edition Franklin model produced by the Franklin Museum in Arizona, but I believe it was not for sale.

  3. By chance I noticed a 1930Franklin sedan (misidentified as a 1932, which got my interest) for sale on the local Facebook marketplace page. I contacted the owner and yesterday drove up to Calais (pronounced “callous” in Maine) to see the car. Calais is up on the Canadian border, about 2.5 hours from me here at mid coast. Using flashlights, we descended narrow stairs to the dirt floor basement of the owners grandfather’s old warehouse. The grandfather was the former Mopar dealer in the area.


    Anyway, the car was there in about as rough a shape as you might expect. The roof was compromised, the doors sagged, the interior had been occupied by raccoons and the headlights had been stolen. Still, it had a nice looking and complete engine and transmission, and all other parts like dashboard, door handles etc. we’re there. The grille was complete.


    The engine did not turn over.


    A parts car, unless you’re a glutton for punishment.  The owner, Greg Bridges, is planning to tear the old building down (it sits on some beautiful downtown acres, right on the St.Croix River) and he needs to move the car ... doesn’t want it left outside. My guess is that an offer of $1000 (and you pick it up) would get it.


    if you have an interest, contact me through the usual channels. Alex Huppe, co-editor ACN


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  4. I’m guessing that it’s 1917 or 1918 because of the slight rake to the windshield. The Saxon six touring car is missing splash guards above it’s running boards, and the headlights appear to be non standard.

  5. John,

    We have a small group of Franklin owners in Maine, in the Falmouth area and several other spots. I’m up in Hancock county. Let’s share some contact information...perhaps drive to the Trek at the end of July.


  6. Happy New Year to fellow Saxoneers. It would be great if some would show photos of their Saxons out on the road, on tour, or just posing. Let’s post some photos this Year!


  7. An outfit in Pennsylvania, N-C Industries. Talk to a guy named Kevin Brown. (570) 888-6216.

    it took about eight months to get it, but it looks perfect and the chrome is excellent. This was Jeff Hasslen’s suggestion, another good one.


    I think the rubber for the Olympic is going to be substantially different from the standard Franklin. I did try Steeleand they couldn’t come up with anything. 

  8. In the midst of a cosmetic resto. of my Olympic coupe. I’ve had a new chrome windshield frame made, but now need the rubber seal.  Metro Mouldings has rubber listed for the Olympic, but they say its for a swing out windshield which, of course, this isn’t. Does anyone have a source for correct windshield rubber?

    Also looking for rubber pads for the tail light. Metro has some that look right. Shaped a bit like a kite, with a center hole and three mounting holes.

  9. A Porsche friend suggested that Franklins should use oil coolers. I confess that the thought hadn’t occurred to me, since even after a long drive, oil in any of my Franklins doesn’t seem excessively hot. Is addition of an oil cooler a good idea for a Franklin?

  10. I have recently found two Franklins for sale here in Sarasota. Oddly enough, they are located less than 100 yards from each other, each with a different owner! One is a 1930 standard sedan that is currently running. But it needs everything: paint, interior, plating and more mechanical work. It is solid, though, with six good wire wheels. The owner has set an unrealistic price of $30,000, and though folks have explained to him that the car is worth a fraction of that, he is apparently stuck. (See last photo)


    The second car is a 1929 model 135 sedan. It has reasonably good paint and interior and all the doors open and close very well...very solid. Six wire wheels.  Nice wood garnish. The tank was taken out to be cleaned and lined, so I haven’t heard it run. I noticed that one exterior door handle was not correct, and the speedometer and clock I think are incorrect. There is, apparently, a log book from the former owner that details work done on the car.  The owner is asking in the low teens for the car. (See photos  one, two and three)25B1F3B1-9EC9-4D73-BA18-3813AF442C78.thumb.jpeg.cea000312d3279af1adce7f6f7f25628.jpegBBADCF38-A35A-443D-867B-8A32D9BF767F.thumb.jpeg.f88878c5f70c6889cd9816e28c91b20d.jpeg41CC6CDC-F8D3-4DC6-8C41-2297AC3C979D.thumb.jpeg.77d2860879209b8afb4d5e14eeaf5fdc.jpeg



  11. Your MG has double fuel pumps, that suggest it might be the more rare, and more valuable, Mark 2 TD. There’s two ways to tell. Check if your Skinner Union metering jets are the larger ones, or, more easily, if you have the additional shock absorbers in the front. A photo of the front suspension would tell a lot.

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