Trek Scholarships

Help keep the Franklin Club keep growing and growing young by identifying students who may be interested in attending the Trek under the scholarship program. Contact Matt Goist or Mason Polston (email on members page) for more information.


Restorable Car Wanted

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?
Click Here to find out more information.


Advice on Squeaks for Franklin Owners from the May 15, 1919 Owners Bulletin #647.

When squeaks occur in the Franklin Car, especially after the car has been laid up all winter, it is usually caused by insufficient spring lubrication or spring pivot lubrication. Oiling and greasing springs and their pivot bolts not only stops spring squeaks but also makes the spring softer riding. Oil or grease the spring pivot bolts, depending on which pilot bolt construction the springs are provide with. The spring leaves may be lubricated by applying a mixture of engine oil, kerosene and graphite of the consistency of paint to the edge of the spring with a small brush. A still better method is to jack the car up in such manner as to relieve the pressure on the springs, prying the leaves apart slightly with a screw driver or spring leaf spreader, and using a knife to apply to the surface of the springs, Gredag No.32 or a mixture of graphite grease and oil of the consistency of thick paste.


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Franklin Forum

Get Answers to Technical Questions - Connect with Franklin Enthusiast

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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.

Become a Member

Bouv's Car 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.


What's New on the Web and News

Do you have news or information (or corrections) for your Franklin Club website?
Click here to send mail to the webmaster at "Webmaster@Franklincar.org"


What's new on May 18?

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Click here to see ad for a 1927 Series 11B Touring.






Updated on May 15. (Updated from April 13.)

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For Sale: Price reduced. Click here to see ad for a 1933 series 18A Olympic Sedan. This is a solid project car.




Updated on May 6.

We sadly note the passing of Rollie KempRoland P. “Rollie” Kemp, 93, who passed away Saturday (May 5). Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2–4 and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover, NY.
Click here for more information.


Updated on May 3.

For Sale: Engine parts for sale. Selling mostly complete Franklin engine. Click here for more information.

Updated on April 19.

The Midwest Region's Spring meet will be in Indianapolis Indiana. Now available is hotel and agenda details. Click here for more information.

Updated on April 18.

It is only two months until the Air-cooled Gathering. There are rooms reserved at the Hastings, Michigan Holiday Inn Express for Franklin Club members that might want to spend the night. Hastings is always fun to visit. Call 269-945-0000 and mention the Franklin Club for rooms and special rate. Click here to see all Franklin Club events.

What's New (Update from April 2.)

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For Sale: Price reduced: Click here to see ad for a 1915 Series 8 Franklin Roadster.



Updated on April 16.

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For Sale: Click here to see ad for a 1930 Series 147 Dietrich Speedster. This is a Franklin Automobile Collection car.



Updated on April 3.

Al FinsethWe sadly note the passing of Allan P. Finseth, 78, of rural Augusta, Wisconsin who passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home in the loving care of his family. A visitation will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018. Click here for more information.


Updated on March 25.

Elizabeth MarshallWe sadly note the passing of Elizabeth A. Marshall who passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Click here for more information.



Updated on March 13.

Franklin News. The Franklin Company published an employee newsletter. Through the bequest of Sinclair Powell, and the few copies already in the club library, many issues are now available for members to review and read about employee life at the Franklin Company. Members can click here for more information.

Updated on March 5.

We sadly note the passing of James Crippen who passed away on January 29.
Click here for more information.

Updated on February 23.

Now available for members from your club library. Browse through some of the service bulletins that the Franklin factory sent to its travelling service men as they assisted Franklin dealers with service issues of our Franklin autos.
Members can click here to see these newly posted bulletins.




Non-Franklin Club Event for Walker-bodied Franklins.

For interested club members, there is a Special Commemerative Car Show on July 1 in Amesbury, Mass. honoring vintage cars with bodies built in the Amesbury area. Click here to go to the 'Events' page to get more information.




Welcome New Club Members

Antonio Jesús Góngora AlcarazTomasz SobierajDavid and Karen Kroeger
Almería, SpainSieraków, Wielkopolska, PolandMarion, IA
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Kenneth and Bentley Sturge Lewis Robert Shingle and James C Keener Gérard Schulze
Watertown, NY Lancaster, PA Ohlungen, Bas-rhin, France
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Richard Williams Rick and Jan KelloggWilliam Gladziszewski
Longmont, CO Houston, TX Palmer, AK
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Richard Lawton Laura and Greg Rutkoski Jesus and Alicia Lizarazo
Eagle, ID Santa Clarita, CA Potomac, MD
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Gary and Zachary Rouse Jonathan and Stacie GreenRobert “Greg” and Lisa Burnett
River Ridge, LA Harvard, MA Hamilton, OH
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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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