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.


Franklin Forum

Get Answers to Technical Questions - Connect with Franklin Enthusiast

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To Touch up Valves with Kerosene

From the Jan. 22, 1917 Franklin Company Owner's Bulletin

Bring the piston up the top of the stroke in the cylinder to be treated. Remove the spark plug and fill cylinder with Kerosene. Remove a walking-beam adjusting screw and insert through the screw hole, a small notched tube that fits over the end of the valve stem. Using this tool and a hand brace, rotate the valve back and forth, occasionally depressing it into the kerosene, which will both wash off the ground carbon and lubricate the surfaces in contact.

When one cylinder is completed, remove the kerosene with an oil gun, place it in another cylinder and repeat the above operation. After completing the six cylinders, a tablespoonful of lubricating oil should be put in each and the oil in the engine base changed before the engine is run. It will also be necessary to readjust the valves.


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Make a Tax Deductible Donation to The H. H. Franklin Club.





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 October 8?

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FOR SALE - 1931 Franklin Sport Salon. Rare car – one of eight in existence out of 36 originally built. Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.





Updated on October 6.

ArnieWe sadly note the passing of Arnie Christensen, who passed away at home on October 4. Calling hours will be Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Lord Funeral Home, 50 Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee, NH. Funeral services, including Masonic Service will be at 3:00pm. Interment will be at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, NH, at a later date. Click here for more information.



What's New on October 4?

9B Cabriolet

Remember the 'Franklin' song Trekkers heard at the Earlville Opera House? Go to the News tab or click here to go to the song page.






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For Sale: 1918-1922 Franklin front and rear axles. Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.





Updated on October 1.

ChetWe sadly note the passing of Chet Zimmerman on September 21. Respecting his request, there will be no services. An article will follow in the Air Cooled News.



Updated on September 27.

See more pictures from the Trek. Click here or go to the Pictures page to see Andy Wittenborn's and more 2018 Trek photos.

Updated on September 18.

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For Sale: 1927 Franklin Series 11-B Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.





Updated on September 12.

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For Sale: 1931 Franklin 153 sedan for parts or restoration. Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.





The Estate of Russell Laidlaw, a member of the Franklin club, will have its collection auctioned on October 20th. Click here to see the auction information from Cottone Auctions.

Updated on August 17.

We are saddened to report the passing of Monte R. Haberman, HHFC member and father of HHFC member Derek Haberman, on August 15.

Updated on August 6.

Midwest Meet in October. Click here or go to the events page to see information and the registration form.

Updated on August 2.

Franklin Wanted. Help a new member of the Franklin Club who is looking for a Franklin Coupe - Airman or Olympic. Click here for more information.

Updated on July 30.

Trek Tech.
CLick here to see 2018 Trek Tech Session. Ignition Theory and Diagnosis.

Updated on July 24.

We sadly note the passing of Russell Laidlaw. Russ passed peacefully at his home on July 23, at age 91. Friends may call on Friday, July 27th, at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, in Livonia, NY.
Click here for more information.

Updated on July 12

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Click here to see ad for a 1929 4 door, 5 passenger sedan.







Welcome New Club Members


Richard Nelson
Kingston, WI
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Justin Schweitzer
Broadway, VA
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Ray, Terri and Sofia Vecchio
Bonita, CA
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Konnie Kuiper
Highland, IN
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SM Cunningham
Morgantown, WV
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Colby and Amber Votava
Battle Creek, MI
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Bruce Hoban
Amston, CT
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Paul Jacobs
Libertyville, IL
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Steven and Rebecca Templin
Pleasant Hill, OR
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Paul Hanson and Ana Rosa
Poulsbo, WA
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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: Denali NP, by Greg Burnett