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Franklin/Tucker connection?


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It's best explained by the following blurb borrowed from Wikipedia, Franklin car production ceased in 1933:

"Car production did not survive, but the name was sold and production of air-cooled engines for commercial and aircraft use was continued by (Aircooled Motors of Syracuse), a company founded by former Franklin engineers, Ed Marks and Carl Doman. Air Cooled Motors manufactured aircraft and helicopter engines during World War II. The company was purchased after the war by Preston Tucker, who produced the infamous 1948 Tucker Torpedo which employed a Doman-Marks flat six engine converted to water cooling.[10] The company was sold again after Tucker was disbanded.

After Franklin went under, top engineer, Carl Doman left for Ford Motor Company and was a national service manager. Edward Marks went to Pratt & Whitney where he was employed as a consultant. Together, they built a Franklin-powered Airmobile, a three-wheeler concept car for Paul Lewis of Chicago who "reportedly paid $30,000 for it."

Franklin engines powered numerous light planes as well as (thanks to their light weight) most early American-built helicopters. Air Cooled Motors, the last company to manufacture air-cooled engines under the Franklin name, declared bankruptcy in 1975 and its designs were sold to the Polish government. Engines based on these designs are still in production today"

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