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

Check out the Franklin Forum hosted on the AACA website.

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How Winter Driving can be made Most Satisfactory.

The Franklin car is built for all year 'round service. To complement its freedom from freezing, certain devices for cold weather starting are built into it, with the operation of which each owner should be completely familiar. The best methods of manipulating these devices are here given.

1. Put suction yoke heater control lever to "HOT."
2. Put needle valve a full turn from closed.
3. Close hand throttle.
4. Press the carburetor air control lever past "START" or "CHOKE" to the end of the slot and hold it there for from 30 seconds to one minute. This makes an electric contact and allows time for the coil in the vaporizer to get hot enough to heat the gasoline vapor as it passes over the coil.
5. Turn on the starting switch.

From: Owners Bulletin No. 655. January, 1922


Young Person 2019 Trek Scholarships

Do you know a young person (not directly related to a club member) who is in high school, technical school, or college enrolled in courses with a focus in engineering, machining, or automobile restoration? Urge them to apply for a scholarship to attend the Trek in 2019. Click here for an application (Word .docx) to fill out and submit.


Make a Donation

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 March 17?

ForSaleFOR SALE: 1930 Franklin Series 145 Club Sedan Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.


Updated on March 15.

Supplement to the Spring Air Cooled News. Go to the Members Only Tab, or click here to see the SAE reports and Truax Notebooks.

Updated on February 11.

ForSaleFOR SALE: 1929 4 door Frankin for parts or restoration. Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.



Updated on February 4.

Franklin Wanted: Help a Franklin Club member who is looking for open Franklin or Club Sedan. Restored or good running older restoration. Click here for more information.



JoanWe sadly note the passing of Joan Doman, friend of the Franklin Club, who passed away on January 31. A celebration of her life is planned for April 27, in Ann Arbor. Go to the News tab or click here for more information.


Updated on January 26.

EdWe sadly note the passing of Ed English who passed away on December 4, 2018. Go to the News tab or click here for more information.


Updated on January 21.

Franklin Company drawing files. See the new option of browsing the drawing files. Select a drawing number to view and quickly browse through adjacent ones (Members Only.) Go to the Members Only tab or click here to check it out.

Updated on January 20.

Travelling this year? See our updated list of Franklins in Museums. Go to the News tab or click here for more information.

Updated on January 16.

GarnetWe sadly note the passing of Garnet Hantak who passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019.Go to the News tab or click here for more information.


Updated on January 10.

Franklin Wanted: Looking for a 1932 Club Sedan or Speedster. Also reward for information on 1932 Blue Club Sedan sold at Barrett Jackson auction in January of 2013. Click here for more information.


Updated on December 7.

Looking for a new carb for your Series 12 or 13? Check out new replacement Zenith updraft carburetors available from Paul Fitzpatrick. Go to the Parts section of the For Sale tab or click here to check it out.




Welcome New Club Members


Maja Scholz
Molfsee, Germany
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Don Benson
Allegany, NY
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Tim Spry
Rochester Hills, MI
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William Hupke Jr.
Combined Locks, WI
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Cathryn Newton
Syracuse, NY
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Terry McBee
St. Louis, MO
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Paul Marsolini and Steven Fruh
New York, NY
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Nathaniel Lanthrop and Elisabeth Springer
Naches, WA
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Sverre Haugesten
Lovenstad, Norway
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John and Koko Harris
South Bristol, ME
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Chris Richard
Springtown, TX
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Alan Smart and Michael Uhlenkott
Los Angeles, CA
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Matthias and Mario Hürth
Altenburg, Sachsen, Germany
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Craig Johnson
Blaine MN
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John Motte
Perris, CA
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Boyd and Carole Ellestad
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Neil and Melissa Partington
Custer, WA
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