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  1. As long as we're mentioning Detrick customs, here's a semi-custom that almost didn't survive. This one was brought back from the dead. It was found abandoned under a tree in the desert out west - top rotted through and body filled with leaves. Had been in a bad accident, or accidents, that crushed in the rear frame, bent the front frame, and crushed both right side fenders and running board. Body had to be re-wooded and new trunk built. Paul
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    Replace window glass with what?

    Ran into this problem when using the original beaded edge rubber channel for swing-out type windshield frames. The original safety laminate from the late 1920s and early 30s is thinner than the modern stuff. Just so happened that my local glass shop builds and repairs freezer case doors for a local chain of super markets. They told me that by State law those big glass doors have to have safety laminate, but it's thinner to keep the weight of the door down. Turns out it's the correct thickness to match the old W/S frames and the reproduction frames that NC Industries in PA is making. The glass shop no longer does the freezer doors, but they do order the thinner sheets when I have W/S frame to be redone and it has to have the rubber channel. Very often the modern safety glass will fit in the old frames and lift channels using the thinner bute tape, or black silicone sealer that some shops use. But if original look o using rubber channel is important, you might ask your glass shop if they can order the thinner safety laminate. Paul
  3. As did Franklin in 1930, with their surviving factory drawings, including the specifications and tests to determine the quality of the stainless steel spokes used by Motor Wheel. Paul
  4. Some of you many not be old enough to remember the days before lace-up roller skates. It may be a "skate key". The old clamp-on roller skates used a square holed key to tighten the front and rear shoe clamps. It was also the age of needing a bottle opener for soft drinks after working up a thirst skating all over the neighborhood. Paul
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    Oil cooler?

    A point about mechanical fuel pump "systems". Yes, getting the accumulated wear of all those pivot points in the linkage helps, but that is only part of the mechanical pump system. If fuel pressure is measured accurately, often that all still does not get a properly rebuilt pump up into the original specification of 2-4 psi range. I have a lab grade low pressure gauge that reads in 1/4 psi increments that I use to test fuel pressure when I rebuild a fuel pump. What I'm seeing more often now is the face of the pump lever arm, plus the pump push rod ends, plus some slight wear of the pump cam lobe face, are all worn to varying degrees. The combination of all those four wear points reduces the pump stroke, thus reducing fuel pressure. I've had to make new longer push rods to get some rebuilt pump installations up in that 2-4 range. The Series 13 seem to be especially prone to needing a longer pump rod to make up for the combination of pump lever/rod/cam lobe wear. The good news is that Franklins are very forgiving and will run well at just 1 psi fuel pressure because there is still enough volume. Once gasoline gets past the float needle fuel pressure is not an issue. The bad news is that rebuilt, but still having low pressure, there is not as much range to wear so the pump system will need attention that much sooner. And yes, the wood frames make for an amazingly smooth and quiet ride. I had the chance to drive a fully restored Series 12B with new ash sills made exactly to the factory drawings, and leaf springs that have been taken apart, sand blasted, leaf end wear ridges ground off, and painted between all the leaves with graphite paint. My local bumpy country roads and railroad crossings had no effect on that car !!!!!! Paul
  6. Walt, Yes that Derham town car has been carried over in the Club's Rosters. I tend to forget it as a "known survivor" because one of my customers tried very hard to track it down a few years ago with no success as to if it's still around somewhere. But, I do get to see and re-enjoy yours now that Bob has been bringing it the Trek. And I get to see the Berline body & chassis everytime I go in our Saratoga Springs garage. So I'm certain those two exist. Paul
  7. Not that 1930 Pirate Sedan, as far as the Franklin Club knows about. However, the Walker built Pirate Sedan survives and is in the Franklin exhibit at the Gilmore Museum. In addition, there are still 12 Franklin Pirate body style tourings surviving. Seven 5 passenger "Tourings" and five 7 passenger "Phaetons". Here's a picture of one of the 7 passenger Phaetons. Paul
  8. Nope, not Walt's Derham. Here's a better picture of the Derham Berline and Walt's Derham Sportsman's Coupe. This Derham is the same 153 Deluxe Series as Walt's and the only other Derham bodied 31 Franklin that's known to exist. Like Walt's, it has a full leather top. What doesn't show up in pictures, that adds to it's being semi custom nature, is that it does not use the standard 153 running board splash aprons like Walt's car does. And it has a different grill shell and hood so that the hood front is lowered to better match the roof line when viewed in profile. The rear compartment is gray/blue broad cloth and Wilton carpet, marshal pad seats. The chauffer's compartment is all black leather. Paul
  9. Only Derham bodied Franklin Berline known to exist,.. now in hiding in Saratoga Springs. A 1931 Series 153 Deluxe limo.
  10. I worked for a few years in Sands Point with the former chauffer of Harry Guggenheim and wife Alicia Patterson. He had nothing but respect and good things to say about his former employers. Paul
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    Mounting an ingition coil -- orientation?

    Coil manufacturers recommend oil filled coils be mounted with terminal end up in case of an oil leak as they heat up.. Epoxy filled coils can be mounted at any angle. Paul
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    Oil cooler?

    Beware of people wanting to make recommendations based on apples to oranges comparisons. I've run oil temp gauges in 30, 31, and 32 Franklin oil pans and found that the hottest temps I could get was 150F for the oil in a 32 driving up long hills on RT 20 in eastern NYS in summer. Otherwise it never got over 120 F on level roads no matter what speed I drove. Then I discussed the results with a Quaker State oil company engineer. He said that with oil temps that low that Franklins are more at risk of not running hot enough in cooler weather to activate some of the beneficial additives in modern motor oils. While Franklins ran hot compared to some cars for their day , their oil temps are much lower than more modern cars. The same test equipment installed in my 98 Ford Windstar ran 200 - 210F oil temps on the same routes as I tested the Franklins on. Paul
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    Fuel lines and fittings.

    You might want to check into setting your carb up for whichever fuel delivery system your going to use for driving. Vacuum tanks, and original mechanical fuel pumps, can be made to work and do a very good job if properly rebuilt by someone who really knows how, and not just a quick rinse and put in some gaskets. Changing from a vacuum tank with only about 1/2 to 3/4 psi pressure at the carburetor, to even the low pressure electic pumps, will raise the carb float level and make it run rich. Paul
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    broken distributor cap

    Smooth it yes, but don't sand it. Sanding scratches will do the same as leaving the cracks unfilled. They can collect and contribute to carbon tracking. Fill and smooth it with cut-to-fit pieces of thin cardboard, manila folder, or business card stock, to fill and level the glue in the crack. And stay away from fast cure epoxies. The faster they cure the sooner they let go. Slow cure marine grade epoxies are the best for strength and longevity. Paul
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    6 volt ignition coil for 1932 Packard

    I've never used a flamethrower coil, but if your still talking 6 volt coils like the OP, they have built-in resistance, so they don't need an external ballast resister like a 12 volt coil does. Paul