MikeDeFelice

Franklin Speedster Build

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Mike, NICE! NICE! NICE! NICE! NICE! NICE! NICE!

Did you fabricate the yokes for the headlights?

I am not having much success in finding a large (non-model T) pair.

Keep up the great work!

Dwight

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Hello Mike!

Today is July 12, 2014 and you called us yesterday about the 1930 Franklin that you are making into a speedster. I talked to you and then my Husband called you back & told you a little something about the car. My Husband thought you might like to see how the car looked when it left us for Illinois in 2011. So I have attached four pictures for you that pretty much shows the shape it was in and what was with it the day it left us. I hope you enjoy the car and we looked at all your pictures and you have done amazing things with it and we like it very much. We are so happy it found a home & someone to work on it. Thanks for calling us & we are so happy you did. Wendy LeQuieu in California

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Hello Mike!

Today is July 12, 2014 and you called us yesterday about the 1930 Franklin that you are making into a speedster. I talked to you and then my Husband called you back & told you a little something about the car. My Husband thought you might like to see how the car looked when it left us for Illinois in 2011. So I have attached four pictures for you that pretty much shows the shape it was in and what was with it the day it left us. I hope you enjoy the car and we looked at all your pictures and you have done amazing things with it and we like it very much. We are so happy it found a home & someone to work on it. Thanks for calling us & we are so happy you did. Wendy LeQuieu in California

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That is so cool! The Beverly Hillbillies would have been proud to cruise in that baby just the way it was! Also shows how far it has come.

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On 7/13/2014 at 10:44 PM, whtbaron said:

That is so cool! The Beverly Hillbillies would have been proud to cruise in that baby just the way it was! Also shows how far it has come.

 

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Mike,

 

I'm new to the Speedster forum, but I'm not new in my appreciation of fine looking vehicles.  That's a really good looking car.  Can you post some more pictures of it?  You might also consider posting the pictures on the General Discussion Forum since that forum sees much more traffic.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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Have you had anymore activity with your Franklin Speedster?  What is the windshield assembly you have used on the car?

Al

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FINALLY GOT AROUND TO WORKING ON THE SPEEDSTER AGAIN. MOTOR NEEDED SOME SERIOUS ATTENTION. REPLACED A U JOINT .

LATEST PIC OF SPEEDSTER WORKING ON THE ENGINE. ROD BEARINGS, VALVE GUIDES, VALVES, PISTON RINGS, LOTS OF CLEANING

AND MACHINE WORK. HELICOIL THE EXHAUST STUDS IN THE HEAD.CLEANED UP THE COWL. HOPE TO START PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER

NEXT WEEK. WAITING ON THE MACHINE WORK TO GET FINISHED.

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On 12/6/2018 at 12:21 PM, alsfarms said:

Have you had anymore activity with your Franklin Speedster?  What is the windshield assembly you have used on the car?

Al

AL, SORRY ABOUT THE LACK OF RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTION. I BUILT THE FRAME. THE OUTER SUPPORT PIECES AR FROM A MODEL A FORD. THE FRAME CAME FROM SPEEDWAY MOTORS AND WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR A MODEL A FORD.

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Hello Mike, Are you using the Franklin axles and wheels?  I do not recall.  What wheelbase is your speedster going to be?  How badly worn is your engine?  Excessive or just typical?

Al

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another note..... I see you have a priming pump hanging on the side of your cowl.  Do you actually use it and if so, how have you plumbed it into the fueling system?

Al

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19 hours ago, alsfarms said:

Hello Mike, Are you using the Franklin axles and wheels?  I do not recall.  What wheelbase is your speedster going to be?  How badly worn is your engine?  Excessive or just typical?

Al

The Chassis is all Franklin. The Wheels are Packark and they just bolt up. I had to make adapters to make the Caps fit the Franklin Hubs. The Motor was tired but nothing Major. I did not look at the Main Bearings in the Motor. I am not sure if I just did not want to know.I know I did not want to pull the motor and address the problem. Hoping for the best, I will have to check the wheelbase. I think the Chassis is shorter than stock.

Mike

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19 hours ago, alsfarms said:

another note..... I see you have a priming pump hanging on the side of your cowl.  Do you actually use it and if so, how have you plumbed it into the fueling system?

Al

Al, It is just there for show. I remembered having one on the Mercury  Flathead Motor in my Inboard Hydroplane so I made that to look like the Pump.

 

Mike

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What year are your Packard wheels?  My big series Nash for 1929 also shares wheels with Franklin, Chrysler and Packard, (maybe others also that use the 7 lug design).

Al

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18 hours ago, alsfarms said:

What year are your Packard wheels?  My big series Nash for 1929 also shares wheels with Franklin, Chrysler and Packard, (maybe others also that use the 7 lug design).

Al

Al, I don't remember. I just matched up the number of holes and the pattern. I had to get a set of wheels because the wood wheels I got with the car were junk like most of the rest of it. I have a new set of wood wheels and tires I should at moving.

 

Mike

 

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Are your wood wheels also 7 lug removable, with lock rings?

Al

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16 hours ago, alsfarms said:

Are your wood wheels also 7 lug removable, with lock rings?

Al

Yes, Wheels were powder Coated and fitted with new spokes. They were returned as shown in the Picture

Wheels were never drilled. Need to go back to Witmer Carriage to be finished.

 

Mike

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Nice looking wheels.  Are these 19" or 20"?

Al

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hmmmm, does the lock ring come in from the back side?  That is a bit peculiar, but maybe not for Franklin.

Al

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3 hours ago, alsfarms said:

hmmmm, does the lock ring come in from the back side?  That is a bit peculiar, but maybe not for Franklin.

Al

Al, I think the wheel was put together backward. Those problems would be taken care of when the inserts and holes were drilled. They know about it.

I just never returned the wheels to make it happen.

 

Mike

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Mike are the wheels something you are going to sell or do you have a use for them?  I know a guy who very well may be interested in the wheels.

Al

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Al, I would sell the wheels. They do need to go back to Witmer Carriage unless someone has the ability to get them finished. I also have a new set of tires

and the snap rings.

 

Mike

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