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  1. Wilton wool carpet is what Franklin used in most of the cars. You can get it from Bill Hirsch. Some models had a rubber mat in the front compartment, but they didn't last and were replaced with carpet during an early restoration. A member in Canada has made a mold for replacement rubber mat for his Series 11A. According to Tom Hubbard, most of the cars used taupe colored carpets, no matter what the interior colors were. When I asked him more about a specific shade, he said. "You know, the color of dirt". When you consider there were very few paved roads and not a lot of sidewalks, carpets got dirty so a dirt colored carpet made more sense. But there are enough original examples of carpet that blend with the interior colors to pick whatever you like. Keep in mind that colors that are very dark, or very light will show dirty foot prints more easily. Hank M. had a bunch of NOS Franklin carpets at a Trek to sell. Most were taupe. The binding was either russet leather color or a complementary color if the carpet was not taupe. And starting about 1930 imitation leather was coming into wide use for binding. However, modern imitation leather, while more durable than leather, tends to be thicker and it's not as easy to use in binders, or form neat corners as leather binding. Especially if you want it to look like the original way the binding was sewn on. Paul
  2. Looks like 11A & B are the only Series that use that size yoke pin. Earlier Series use a smaller pin, and later a larger one. I'd be interested to know price of a pair for my family member's 11A. And I have several customers with 11A and B that might also be interested. Paul
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    As Walt said, you have to be more specific about year and model. The spring length, number of leaves in each, the thickness of the leaves, and how they mount, varied a lot by model. Look in the parts books and you'll see that. Put the wrong springs on and it will cause other problems, such as, springs hitting other parts and unsafe handling.
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    Snubber strap

    Ok, I was going by this post's title use of the word "strap". Paul
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    Snubber strap

    Roger, didn't you get them from John Straway, when you asked about them back on Dec 10th ? Paul
  6. New Spicer cross and bushings were still available in some sizes, not long ago. Check with Tom at Odyssey Restorations, 763-786-1518. That's where I get them for the Spicer u-joints used on 6 cylinder Franklins. Paul
  7. Ok, who's the Photoshop wizard of the 137 touring picture on the Club's website in, Pictures by Year of Manufacture section ? Should have removed the guy standing beyond the car seen through the windshield. 😄
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    wood spoke wheels

    If you have any Amish in the area, ask them. Many of the Amish do wagon/carriage work, including wheel rebuilding. Paul
  9. Seen while stuck in rush hour traffic...... "Save gas, ride a horse" I think it would have more meaning if it was on the rump of a horse. 😁 Paul
  10. Have you tried Metro Molded Rubber? Or Ames Rubber Manufacturing? FYI to anyone looking for rubber extrusions, Ames bought out a lot of the equipent and dies from Karr Rubber. Paul
  11. I know you've seen them, but may not remember - because of the hidden running boards, the 30-31 Franklin Pirate Touring and Phaeton have a mud flap on the front fenders, just forward of where the rear end of the fender curves into the body. Paul
  12. Another vote for 1-Shot sign enamel paints. They have long been the gold standard of quality paint. They are formulated for use with a natural hair brush, and for air drying. Developed to hold up to weather for hand painted outdoor signs and names on boat transoms. Paul
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    F.S. box of parts

    Gauge cluster, fender lights and most other parts are 135/137. Some of the hood latch and door parts are also 30&31. Paul
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