Hi all here, I have just bought a big old Franklin Arrow van, it measures just over 19 foot. It has been sitting for 20yrs and was going to be trashed and turned into a trailor. It has the franklin brakes which are going to be updated soon. Maybe the axles, not sure yet. I hope the pic's work. I'm not sure how much has to be changed underneath but as It is now I'm looking at the lot. The windows don't look to me as originals and in the future will be replaced. It is in such good solid condition for it's age, which I have no idea. If anyone could give me any information, age, what the weight might have been when new. I plan on it being ready by the end of the year for travel, windows I plan on sealing them until I can afford to replace with house type windows. I am so excited get such a big van which I plan on living in for years. And if there is anything anyone wants of what I will remove to update to the collector, please let me know otherwise it will be for the tip. Am lucky there is no water damage even with one window broken. ena
Post by minicamper on Oct 19, 2007 11:49:12 GMT 10
I've fixed the images for you. In photo bucket, you just right click and copy the "IMG Code" not the URL code, into your text in your message, then the pictures will appear in the message you type. I always press return after each image code in the message, so each picture appears one after the other, otherwise they get messy. Cheers Chris
Hi ena, and welcome to the forum. Quite a solid "little" Franklin van you've got there. Sounds like you'll be very busy between now and Xmas getting it ready for its new life. Hope all goes well for you.
As far as dating the van, the metal Franklin badges up top front and rear are from the 1970s era. A couple of months ago, I paid $15 + postage for one of these badges on ebay (collecting Franklin memorabilia), so at least now you know your van is worth 30 bucks
The serial number W1274 on your drawbar may translate to a production period (maybe something to do with 1974?).
I have just purchased a block of land with an old franklin arrow on it. The windows of which are broken and I would be very happy to take yours of your hands for a few bucks. As long as you are within Cooee of Victoria of course.
Hi Ena, As Franklin1 said, I have similar van - haven't wighed it but they are decievingly light at around 1100-1200KG 'dryweight' Good luck with the rebuild. Look for water damage around windows & roof hatches and soft spots in the floor.