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a 20's Franklin w/ a squirrel cage blower


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Guest newstew

Now that I have discovered AACA, I remember as a child of 9 or 10 walking through a junk yard of very old cars. We use to flip the seats looking for pinball money AND THEN I stumbled upon a strange looking hood on a Franklin car. It appeared to have what I now know to be a large squirrel cage blower attached to the passenger side of the hood. I never seen anything like that again. Can anyone shed light on this mystery moment ?I am almost certain it was a FRANKLIN. Did blowers or turbos exist back then?

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The Blower was very large and was attached to the top and the right side of the hood, I thought at the time that the passenger would have trouble seeing forward in traffic. And I cannot find a pic of this.

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Guest richentee

What you describe does not match Franklins. The fan on Franklins (save the earliest cars) also served as a flywheel. It was attached to the crankshaft at either the front or the rear of the engine and usually shrouded.

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