Q&A

Informative column featuring Old Cars Weekly reader questions about caring for antique automobiles answered by our well-respected answer man Kit Foster. Our most-read feature in our magazine, Q&A is now online to provide the nuts and bolts of classic car care at your fingertips.

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 30, 2014

Q. John Tumolo’s emblem (Sept. 4) is for sure Hudson Terraplane, probably 1935-’37 vintage. — Trenton Browne, Sunset, Texas A. As a Hudson owner for nearly 40 years, I should have pursued that angle a bit further, but I’ve never had Hudson products of that era so the emblem didn’t ring a bell. Not...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 23, 2014

Q. In Jim Luke’s question regarding the movie “Sunset Boulevard” (Aug. 14 Q&A), he wondered if anyone knew if the Isotta Fraschini in “Sunset Boulevard” existed today.  While I don’t know exactly, I can add a bit to its life after the movie. In the mid-1960s, the car was on display at the Movieland...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 9, 2014

Q. I really enjoyed the story Dennis Caudell wrote (Aug. 21) about the “whooshing” sound the Oldsmobiles of the 1950s and ’60s made when they were going flat out at full throttle. I think I have the answer. I had a 1954 Olds 98 that was my first car and it sounded just like...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 2, 2014

Q. To add to the discussion on battery cables back in March, correct battery cable gauge is extremely important in starter cranking performance. Typically, old car 6-volt systems must use one (1) gauge or larger cables. 12-volt systems typically use 4- or 6-gauge cables. Most old car 6-volt ground cables, more often, were equipped...

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 25, 2014

Q. I’ve been looking for a rear axle bumper for my 1966 Chevy Impala four-door hardtop, 283 engine, with no success. If you or any of the readers can help, I’d be most appreciative. A photo is attached. ­ —Francisco J. Castillo, via e-mail A. Does anyone know of a source? It strikes me...

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 18, 2014

Q. I have a 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille that has been in our family since purchased brand new. She has all the toys: power windows, seats, air, etc. She starts up fine, runs fast and kicks down OK. However, the generator light goes on and stays on. The next day the same thing happens....

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 11, 2014

Q. Regarding the “knock-off” badge emblem in the July 10 Q&A, you should get lots of answers from Wisconsin Classic Car Club members. The badge was designed by Brooks Stevens back in the 1970s for the Wisconsin Region. As I remember, Brooks was a member of the Region at the time and was the...

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 4, 2014

Q. Regarding Douglas Taylor’s search for a windshield for his 1956 Plymouth (Feb. 27 and April 17), one of the largest classic auto glass sellers is Bob’s Classic Auto Glass in Eugene, Ore., 1-800-624-2130. I’m not sure about a windshield, but they have the side glass. — Randy Mayer, Memphis, Mich. A. Thanks for...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 28, 2014

Q. Regarding Jim Ackmann’s lamp in the July 3 Q&A, it is a Chevrolet “Heritage Lamp.” It was awarded to Chevrolet service managers who achieved performance goals set by the Chevrolet Motor Division back in the mid 1960s. I still have my father’s lamp. He was the service manager at Merrill Chevrolet, Natick, Mass.,...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 21, 2014

Q. From 1960 to 1970, aged 8 to 18, I grew up along a rural stretch of busy two-lane highway in central Indiana. The road was highly traveled and the section that went past our house was straight as a ribbon for several miles. Even though the speed limit back then was 65 mph,...