Thursday, November 11, 2010

A New Face at the Museum

by Willy Vinton

The museum would like to welcome and introduce our newest team member, Charlie Jurgens. Charlie is a recently retired mechanic that has done aircraft restoration, as well as military vehicles in the past. He will be a great asset to our mission to keep the cars running and in top shape. We will do our very best to keep him from getting bored in his retirement. Welcome aboard Charlie!

This is Charlie's first challenge, to get the 1907 Franklin running properly.* After removing the intake we found a couple of bad seal rings, so we replaced those. Next we cleaned the carbon out of the valves, and are now rebuilding the carburetor. When we get done with it, it will purr like a big cat, no kittens here. As soon as it is back up and running, we will shoot a video of it outside and then put it back on display.

* Click here for a video on Willy's attempt to run the Franklin last month.

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful and unique car. Thank you for posting the video: I've probably watched it 20x+. I knew about Franklins, but never got the power of it being an air-cooled engine, until I was able to see it in action. I've decided I would like to own an early Franklin like this: I just hope I can find one for sale someday!


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