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: January 1, 2015

Q. Do you know what make, year, and model this mirrored clock was used for? It is a Phinney-Walker Electric Auto Watch, catalog number 217EM. Thank you. — Al DeAmicis, MPIA A. The Phinney-Walker Co. was founded in New York circa 1903. Into the 1920s, it manufactured automobile clocks, and its rim-wind “Embassy” clock...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 18, 2014

Q. In the June 12 “Q&A” I read Don Rudolph’s question about an old car frame. I also have a frame from a Badger car with the same spring set-up. A “Badger — Milwaukee” emblem is in the center of both front and rear bumpers. If anyone could use this frame, or parts, please...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 11, 2014

Q. This axle had a Ford hubcap on it. The width from axle end to axle end is 53 inches and springs run perpendicular to it. The front end of the driveshaft is square. Can you tell me what it fits? — Bob Farrell, Newport Center, Vt. A. It looks like a Ruckstell two-speed...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 4, 2014

  Q. The Aug. 7 issue had an article in Club Clips about Chrysler’s Turbine Cars. I have enclosed a couple of pictures of a metal advertising piece that I have had for several years. When I found the first one, I thought it might have been given to one of the people who...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: November 27, 2014

Q. I have had an NOS fender for a few years and neither myself nor others have been able to identify it. I was once told it was Packard and this upset a few old-timers when I had a friend take it to Hershey. They said they thought it was late 1920s Dodge and...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: November 20, 2014

  Q. This is an answer to the question from Jim Vouk regarding timing gear lubrication on a 1936 Chevrolet (Oct. 26). Stripped timing gears are probably the most common major engine failure in the early Chevrolet engines. This is caused by a lack of oil reaching the gears. The timing gear oil nozzle...

Q&A with Kit Foster: November 13, 2014

Q. I have bought back my original car and am restoring it with my son. It is a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S two-door hardtop. The original window sticker was still in the glove box. The car has a Rocket 350 engine, Muncie four-speed without console, positraction rear end with 3:91 gears, SS wheels, single...

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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...