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  1. PFitz

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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    Franklin Gas gauge

    If your going to salvage the original gauge, know than pot metal can be porous. That's how moisture gets in and causes the inter-granular corrosion that makes it swell and crack. I never knew this until I had some potmetal door handles cast and used an original, uncracked potmetal handle as a pattern for heat-cured rubber molds. The molds were full of bubble holes as the handle heated up and out-gassed into the rubber while it was curing. Now, I clean the pot metal in solvent, dry it, and then soak it with WD-40. The WD-40 penetrates the potmetal where ever moisture can and helps
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    Franklin Gas gauge

    If you remember to add Marvel Mystery Oil to the tank at each fill up, that will not only protect the tank, it will also clean and protect the entire fuel system and right up to the top piston rings. Adding about 25% MMO to the valve pad oil also prevents sticking valves. Paul
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    Franklin Gas gauge

    A socket that spreads the force over all the flats is best, but not easy to come by. That time on the green at the Trek, I was able to use an old smooth-jaw monkey wrench I always carry in the tool boxes. I fit the full surface of the gauge flats better than a modern adjustable wrench would. That, plus patients and a lot of luck payed off. A proper socket would have saved a few minutes and reduced the risk of getting broken pot metal dropping down into the tank. Now, if we can just get Jeff to make more new gauges,.... 😁 Paul
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    Franklin Gas gauge

    Steel cable floping around inside the tank,.... sounds like a good way to get a spark for an explosion. If your going to do that, I'd suggest running car exhaust, or other innert gas into the tank to push oxygen out. Paul
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    Franklin Gas gauge

    Is the sealer yellow ? If so, that is early Bill Hirsch sealer that is not alcohol proof. If it is white it is the later alcohol resistant sealer. If it is another color I have no idea what it is. Cutting open the tank is not always the best way to go. It causes it's own problems while trying to solve another that is not as difficult. In 40 years of cleaning /sealing gas tanks I've only had to cut open one,.... because it had 22 dents in it from a bad rear end accident, plus then being driven to ruin offroad and abandoned in the desert. A good soaking and rinse with
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    Franklin Gas gauge

    I had to get a really stuck Series 11 gauge out at the Trek without aid of shop tools, so it can be done if you work carefully and don't rush it. Soak into the threads with a good rust penetrant, such as Liquid Wrench or similar. Repete each day for several days. Use a well-fitting wrench. Don't try to unscrew it on the first try. Slightly wiggle it back and force to loosen the threads without turning far enough at first to over-stress and crack them. Once it wiggles without needing a lot of force, start unscrewing it. When you feel the resistance to turn increasing, st
  13. Gordon, (f147pu) may still have some for sale ? Paul
  14. There might be some clarity in the Dealer letters as to why "Airman" does not appear in '29, '30 & '31 ? They have a lot of info that is not in the operator's manuals or sales catalogs. Another term that's a bit inconsistent in it's uses is, "Transcontinent". Paul
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