Steve Braverman

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About Steve Braverman

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  1. 1930 and later Franklins are great tour cars. They cruise comfortably at 50-55 mph. Franklin got synchros in 1932, but they are somewhat primitive and require either slow shifting or double clutching. The 1930 Franklin has 95 hp, not sure about the Graham Paige, but I would venture to guess that you would have greater support and parts availability with the Franklin.
  2. This doesn't look like a 1928 to me, it looks like a 26-27 series 11. There are many differences. It appears mostly compete except for the parts noted by others, but this is a relatively common Franklin and parts are out there. I think the price is right, but it's a gamble on the engine condition. I think it's a very cheap entrance into the wonderful world of Franklins. Go get it!
  3. Yes, I want to add it to my 163. I want the tool compartment.
  4. Hi Mike, I'm looking for a driver's side running board splash apron from a 153 with the tool compartment.
  5. I gave up on the expensive lead/acid batteries, and went with an optima. I made up a spacer from wood to hold the smaller battery securely in the carrier. It's about the same price, but it has a lot more CCA, and it lasts a lot longer.
  6. A series 10 is comfortable at 40mph. You can push it to 45 periodically, but running at 50 will destroy the engine rather quickly.
  7. Those are somewhat generic, and show up from time to time.
  8. Paul, Bruce drove the wheels off that car, and he made some weird "upgrades" along the way. As you probably know, he was a mechanic for an International harvester dealer for many years, and there are definitely some IH parts on that car. The air filter for sure, and I think the pushrods as well. I have to finish cleaning out his basement, but most of his spare parts seemed to be series 9 and 1929, almost no side-draft stuff. Is the switch a CLUM switch that was used on other makes?
  9. I did not see those items. I believe the late owner would have had them on the car if he had them. That's the way he was. I will be back there soon, and I will look.
  10. The bell housing was identified at the Trek as being for a Detroit 4-speed.
  11. I am bringing a load of parts to the Trek next week that belonged to a member that passed away recently. In the stash is a bell housing with pedals and some linkage. It's marked 31, but should be the same as 32. It's in the back of my truck right now. Too heavy and bulky to ship. Maybe it can hitch a ride your way, or maybe this is a good reason for you to come to the Trek next week.
  12. When I test drove the car last week, I happened to look in the rearview mirror and saw the second spare tire bouncing down the road. Luckily it didn't kill anyone. Bill seemed unfazed by this as if it happens all the time. I went back and tossed the tire in the back seat. When you get the car home, sell that silly double spare carrier on eBay!
  13. Welcome to the Franklin Club Jacob. Get a parts catalog. This will help you to identify everything you need. I have an original, unmolested '32, so if you need any pictures of anything, I'll be happy to help.