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.

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?
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2018 Board Meetings
February 3
April 28
During the Trek Week
November 3

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.

Become a Member

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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.

What's New on the Web and News

Do you have news or information (or corrections) for your Franklin Club website?
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What's New on November 7?

Wanted: 1925-31 Franklin Roadster/Convertible Coupe. Excellent mechanically, presentable cosmetically. click here.

Updated on November 4.

Franklin transmission wanted. Need gearbox for Franklin ca 1908 - 1911. Any condition. click here.

Updated on November 2

Franklin factory drawings. Just added on the 'Members Only' page. In addition to searching by drawing number or drawing name, you can now browse through the drawings by clicking here. The drawings are grouped by component area (Body, Engine Parts, Frames, Tools, etc.) to facilitate your browsing.

Updated on October 21.

Trek Photos. Click here to check out Andy Whittenborn's 2017 Trek Photos. If you have photos you'd like to share, contact the webmaster at ""

Updated on October 10.

Click here to check out who made it to Hershey.

Price Drop. Click here to check out 1929 Franklin 130 4-door Sedan.

Updated on October 4.

Pictures of the Franklin Club's Midwest Region meet in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Updated on September 30

For your reading pleasure, the September Franklin Service Station is now available on line. Go to the Members Only tab to check it out.

And more reading and reference just added. Click here to check out Owners Manuals for Series 3 and Series 14.

Updated on September 25

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

Updated on September 18

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

Updated on September 16.

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.

Welcome New Club Members

Cynthia and Joseph BeamanDick and Connie RothJody Reeme and Steve Albertson
Aurora, COJohnston, IAWilmette, IL
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Ted ThuliTodd GoudeauJerry Purtell
Darlington, WIBroussard, LALinwood, MI
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Jim TravisAndris DambisRobert and Brenda Brewster
Lake City, GAOgresgals, LatviaSpruce Pine, NC
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David MacMillan and Janet GibbAndrew Hagberg Ted Chaney
Zellwood, FLSterling, MA Westerville, OH
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G Windstrup
Riverside, IL
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Franklin Vintage

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

Banner image photo: Andy Wittenborn