Motorist Advice from the Franklin Owners Bulletin of March 15, 1919.

Gasoline Tank Valve.

Quite frequently when a car is left standing at the curb in a locality where there are a number of small boys about the street, it is a good policy to look at the shut-off valve before getting into the car. Boys sometimes turn this valve to “Off.” Consequently, if such a thing has happened, the car will stop as soon as the gasoline in the vacuum tank has been used up. Whenever the car stops look for trouble at the gasoline tank first.

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Do you have a Franklin that is a restoration project that has taken a hiatus? Or a Franklin that is not quite what would be considered road worthy, but time has conspired against your being able to work on it? Would you like to help out the Franklin Club by donating it, or having the Franklin Club coordinate its sale?
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2017 Board Meetings
February 4
April 29
During the Trek Week
November 4

June 7 to 9, 2018
Midwest Meet
Indianapolis, IN

June 24 to 29, 2018
North Coast Redwoods, Fortuna, California
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July 28th to August 4th, 2018
Annual Trek, Cazenovia, NY

July 27th to August 3rd, 2019
Annual Trek, Cazenovia, NY

3rd Tuesday of each month
Lehigh Valley Franklinites
Allentown, PA

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Welcome to The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc.

The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization devoted to the preservation and exploration of the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company history and its effects on the history of the automobile.

The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY built America's most successful air-cooled automobile, with its first innovative air-cooled motorcar in 1902 and continued production until 1934. Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it's estimated that about 3,700 have survived.

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Join TODAY and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to our club. Tour with other Franklins at the Trek, the Westrek, the two Midwest Regional meets each year, and other club sponsored meets. The H.H. Franklin Club offers a variety of resources to repair, restore, and/or maintain your Franklin. Enjoy the comraderie of our members who all appreciate the Franklin marque and will share that enthusiasm with you. As a 501(c)3 educational club the H.H. Franklin club has a variety of technical and historical resources available for club members and the public. Club members receive the award winning club magazine 'The Air Cooled News' three times a year, the club newsletter 'The Franklin Service Station' four times a year, and the Franklin Registry of all members and Franklin cars around the world. As a member you will also receive access to our Members Only section on the web which includes:

So join us and help preserve the heritage of these fine cars and the historic air-cooled technology pioneered by the H.H. Franklin Company.

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What's New on September 25?

For Sale: Click here to see ad for 1923 Series 10B Touring.

What's New on September 18?

For Sale: Click here to see ad for 1929 Franklin 137 Seven Passenger Sedan.

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We sadly note the passing of Sinclair Powell, a Franklin Club fixture known for his love of the history of the Franklin Car and Franklin Company. Sinclair passed away on September 13. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Suzanne. Services will be held on Friday October 20, 2017.

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Updated on August 30.

We sadly note the passing of Pat Kern, wife of Robert (Bob) Kern,on August 24. The family will receive friends at Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home, Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Thursday August 31, 2017. A private memorial service is planned.

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Updated on August 28.

Three new Owners manuals have been added: 1908, 1909,and Series 10.
Members can click here to check out these new manuals.

Updated on August 22.

UPDATE. The Club’s Preservation Committee has decided that the manuals in the Members’ Section (posted on August 17th)should be downloadable and printable and they have been reposted in that form. They are low resolution to keep the file size reasonable. Full resolution hard-copies are available from the club librarian ( When the Club Reprints are sold out, the manuals will be available from an on-line bookseller.
Members can click here to check out the manuals.

Updated on August 21.

For Sale: Click here to see ad for 1929 Franklin 135, 4 door sedan.

Updated on August 17.

From your club library some additions for your reference and reading pleasure. In the Members Only section we have added several more Owners Manuals:

  • 1902 to 1912 Hints and Suggestions
  • 1904 Instructions
  • 1905 and 1906 Model E Instructions
  • 1906 Instructions
  • 1907 Instructions
  • 1910 Instructions
  • 1911 Instructions
Go to the Members tab and click on 'Owner's Manuals' to view these.

Updated on July 23.

From your club Library some additions for your reference and reading pleasure. In the Members Only section we have added another year (2015) of Air Cooled News issues, a couple 1921 Dealer bulletins, a couple of early Service bulletins, and most of the Owners bulletins from 1910 to 1927. Go to the Members tab to view these or, Click here to view the Owners Bulletins.

Updated on July 20.

Franklin Company Owners Manuals. From the club library now available: Series 9 Instructions, Series 9 and 10 Troubleshooting, Series 11 Care and Operating, Series 12 Maintenance, Series 135 and 137 Instruction, Series 12 Maintenance, and Series 18 Olympic Maintenance. Go to the Members tab for the link.

Updated on July 4.

The SAE Report and Series 1-2 Sales Specs referenced in the latest ACN #190 are now available for your review. Go to the Members tab for the link.

Pictures of the Spring Midwest and Air-Cooled Meet are now available. Click here to see them.

Updated on June 29.

We sadly have to note the passing of Nancy Stevenson. Click here for more information.

Parts Wanted for 1923 Franklin 10B Sedan in Australia. Click here for more information.

Updated in the previous few weeks.

We sadly note the passing of Fernando "Fred" J. Antunes. Click here for more information.

We sadly note the passing of Patricia Ann Ball. Click here for more information.

For Sale: Click here to see ad for early 30's Franklin Project Car.

For Sale: Click here to see 1929 Franklin 2 door sedan.

Welcome New Club Members

Jody Reeme and Steve AlbertsonTodd Goudeau
Wilmette, ILBroussard, LA
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Jim TravisJerry PurtellTed Thuli
Lake City, GALinwood, MIDarlington, WI
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David MacMillan and Janet GibbRobert and Brenda Brewster Andris Dambis
Zellwood, FLSpruce Pine, NC Ogresgals, Latvia
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G WindstrupTed Chaney Andrew Hagberg
Riverside, IL Westerville, OH Sterling, MA
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Franklin Vintage

Franklin Vintage
Franklin Vintage — An elegant photo book with text by Sinclair Powell. Buy the book.

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