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: February 11, 2016

Q. Jim Sikora of Western Springs, Ill., asked about the “GM Powerama 1955” (Oct. 29). I was a production coordinator between the H.B. Stubbs Co. of Warren, Mich., the builders of the  Powerama, and GM Styling’s Product and Exhibit Design Group, the designers of that extravaganza of General Motors non-automotive division’s products in 1955....

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Q & A with Kit Foster: February 4, 2016

Q. Many years ago I acquired several cases of unissued Florida license plates from the ’70s that were destined for the dump. In going through them recently, I have discovered that I have some that are of the same year with duplicate numbers. Florida has only one rear plate, so they would not have...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: January 14, 2016

Q. Thanks for publishing my letter [about stock wheels with tube-type tires, Oct. 1]. As far as safety is concerned, this is the situation: The typical rim section used in tube-type tire days [had] the rim riveted to the wheel center. A deep area of cross section [made] tire installation easy. The typical rim...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: January 7, 2016

Q. I have an old license plate that was given to me.  I thought it might be a South Dakota motorcycle plate, but the S.D. DMV cannot tell me anything about it. Any information would be appreciated.                  — Tim Stengel, Milbank S.D. A. That’s exactly what...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: January 4, 2016

Q. As an additional comment on the toll highway plates noted in “Q&A,” Sept. 17, when the New York Thruway opened in 1956 you could buy a plate for unlimited use of the toll road for a calendar year in addition to the front license plate. It cost $20. The next year when I...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: December 28, 2015

Q. In 2003 my wife and I went to Bisbee, Ariz., for a tour of the big copper mine located there. I took these pictures on one of the main streets, where all the tourists go. It looks to me to be an early-1900 chassis of a fairly large motor car. The steering column...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: December 21, 2015

Q. My dad took me and some friends to the Powerama in Chicago (Q&A Oct. 29). There were diesel engines everywhere. The most memorable thing for this then-14-year-old was the angle drive arrangement in the GMC bus. The engine sat at about a 45-degree angle at the rear of the bus.  I’m sure there...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: December 9, 2015

Q. We recently picked this up at a swap meet. We are hoping that your readers might be able to identify the vehicle it came from. It is distinguished by a noticeable concave dish.                 — Jon Cumpton, Roberts, Wis. A. That noticeable concave dish is your answer....

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Q & A with Kit Foster: December 4, 2015

Q. My father told me he got this at the Buick pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Can anyone add to or verify this information? Was it a give-away? How many were made?                  — Arnold Nichols, via e-mail A. Judging from the number of...

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Q & A with Kit Foster: October 13, 2015

Q. I found this key fob at a yard sale a few years ago. It says “GM Powerama 1955.” Can you shed some light on this? I’ve heard of the Motorama, but not Powerama.        — Jim Sikora, Western Springs, Ill. A. I hadn’t heard of it either, but the internet has....