• Franklin believed cars needed to be light and flexible.
  • This was accomplished with a laminated ash frame, aluminum body panels, full elliptic springs and light air-cooled engine.  
  • New innovations in 1910 included a fly-wheel with a new-type fan for cooling and an automatic magneto regulator instead of a spark advance lever.



Franklin felt the only answer to passenger comfort and long service from an automobile was light weight and flexibility. The use of a laminated ash frame, aluminum body panels and full elliptic springs, plus a light air-cooled engine gave the Franklin car this desired lightness and flexibility.

1910 saw an innovation in Franklin cooling and ignition systems.  After four years of experimenting, a fly wheel which incorporated a new-type fan was developed. New cylinder jackets directed the cool air, moved by the flywheel, downward over the valves and tops of each cylinder.  In another improvement, the spark advance lever was eliminated by the use of an automatic magneto regulator.



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