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  1. Sometimes welded seam tubing is cooled too quickly in the weld area during manufacture and needs to be annealed to flair without splitting there. After cutting and filing square, try heating the end 1/2 inch to cherry red. Let it cool as slowly as possible, then try flaring it. Paul
  2. After you get it cleaned up, look at the drum's inner edge of the shoe contact surface area. See if there is a ridge there. If there is, then the drum likely has been turned, or is very worn. In that case it may be too thin if more than .050 of drum thickness has ben removed. Not so critical for a rear drum, but it can become critical for a front drum. Paul
  3. One way is to knock the porcelain insulator out of an old spark plug. Drill and thread it for 1/4 inch pipe thread and screw in a male quick disconnect fitting. There's your adapter. Or, for hard to reach plug holes, make a longer adapter by welding a 6 inch long 1/4 inch pipe nipple to the spark plug body and thread a female quick disconnect to the 1/4 inch pipe. Put an o-ring on the spark plug threads to seal without over tightening. Paul
  4. Right you are, Walt. I don't know where I got "Harry" from ??? It's been a couple of decades since last I saw the picture of Frank Hawks and his Convertible Speedster - in a very similar pose to the OP's picture - in Tom Hubbard's book. The 31 Walker Pirate Sedan I believe still belongs to T. Kidd. It's listed in the Club's 2015 roster as just a Walker Sedan, but it has L8 custom body designation like your Derham Franklin and the 31 Convertible Speedster pictured above have. It's now on loan to the CCCA Franklin Exhibit hall at Hickory Corners. You can see pix of it on their Face Book page. Funny you mention the windshield. At least Walker gave it a bit more windshield to look through than the production Pirates. Only 9 inches high in front of the driver. One owner calls it a "gun slit windshield". Paul
  5. John, Sorry, but I've never heard the name Dallas Spear in connection with early aviation. The ones I'm most familiar with are those who owned Franklins, such as Charles Lindbergh, Emilia Earhart, and Harry Hawks. Paul
  6. Ok, I found Ehinger's Franklin Pirate in the Club roster and it is one of the five known 7 passenger Phaetons. Paul
  7. Back to the first picture. At first I thought that Convertible Speedster may have been Capt. Harry Hawks, another early aviation pioneer. He and his 31 Convertible Speedster were used in Franklin ads. Then I noticed that the wire wheel hubs are a lighter color. The Hawks pictures show dark wheels. Paul
  8. Here's a picture of the 31 Convertible Speedster that Walt mentioned, that we both worked on the restoration of. Picture was taken shortly after it was finished in 1991. Paul
  9. Marty, was it a Phaeton, or Touring you saw ? Franklin offered two models of the Pirate. A five passenger referred to as the "Touring" model, and a 7 passenger referred to as the "Phaeton" model. Both on the 132 inch WB. There are seven 5 passenger models known to exist in the Club register, but only five 7 passenger models known. The Touring has the rear of the body sloping up and forward to shorten it. The Phaeton body slopes up and to the rear to lengthen it for addition of folding jump seats. Pictured below is a 1930 Pirate Phaeton I restored for a customer in Virginia. Is this like you saw ? Paul
  10. Bruce. It's a 1929 Franklin, Motor Wheel brand, "demountable rim" type wheel and front brake drum. Paul
  11. When I had to make red plastic inserts for repro tail light lenses, I found the correct ruby red colored thin plastic sheets at a Plexiglas supply house near Albany NY. They carried plastic sheets in many colors and thicknesses. I don't remember the company name. I didn't need a lot so they sold me some cut-off pieces they had laying around. You can try a web search for a commercial sheet plastic suppliers. Paul
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    name plate

    Go here,, Scroll about 2/3 of way down the page. Contact Jeff. He remakes the firewall tags - series 9 to 18, Paul.
  13. Frank, have you ever ridden in or seen a Taurus X up close? It is the same engine, all-wheel-drive and suspension as the Flex. But even though some refer to it as a crossover SUV, the body is more a traditional family style station wagon, verses the Flex's Coleman-cooler on wheels minivan. Thanks to a transverse V6, it's few inches shorter overall than your 96 Roadmaster, but being 7 inches higher has much more head room. And it has comfortable, adult-size three row seating that fold down to carry stuff up to 9 feet long. 6 passenger, or optional 7 passenger - plus lots of storage space behind the third row. 1200lb capacity. It's as big and roomy as earlier full-sized station wagons. 2010 was the last year produced. Paul
  14. I believe that the Taurus X is also the last full-sized American station wagon. I love mine. Paul
  15. PFitz

    10 vs 11 transmission

    Check the parts books. If the drawing numbers are the same, or the drawing title block list includes the Series that the parts fit, then they can be swapped. Paul