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.

Q&A with Kit Foster: July 30, 2015

Q. This was the first car in the Town of Fabius, N.Y., just southeast of Syracuse. We know who the owner was, but we’re trying to learn the make and year of this car. Any educated guesses would be appreciated by the old car faction of the Fabius Historical Society. — Ron Glasgow, Fabius,...

Q&A with Kit Foster: July 23, 2015

Q.  I read your answer to the “four eyed” 1956 Cadillac question (Apr. 16).  Actually the Sedan DeVille in the photo is probably the only actual quad headlight prototype done by Cadillac on a production car. It was a hardtop Sedan DeVille that was shown by Car Life or Motor Trend in late ’56....

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 9, 2015

Q. I own a 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr Club Coupe with push-button doors. Of all the pictures I can find on Google or Bing, or original advertising, I see no other Club Coupe with push button doors (like the Continental). I have a copy of the original build sheet, of all the options available, the door...

Q&A with Kit Foster: June 25, 2015

Q. I just read about the shocking horn button in the 1947 Ford (May 21). This has nothing to do with battery voltage, as 6 or 12 volts DC will not shock anybody, but has to do with inductive magnetic field collapse of the horn’s actuation coil [in the horn relay]. When the battery...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 18, 2015

Q. This is my grandfather’s car, in a picture from 1914. I can’t find what it is. Can you? — Richard T. Meyer, Auburn, N.Y. A. The radiator shape and outline looks just like a Model F Buick. This was a popular two-cylinder car built from 1906 to 1910. I think the photo shows...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 11, 2015

  Q. I was contacted by a person who had bought a 1966 Barracuda from California. The VIN BP29D65157724 decodes as follows: Plymouth Barracuda; Premium price class; 2-door sports hardtop; 273-cid V8 2-barrel (LA motor); 1966; Los Angeles assembly plant; sequence number 157724. The back is a 1966 Barracuda, of course, but the front...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 4, 2015

Q. I have converted the 6-volt system in my straight-eight 1954 Pontiac Star Chief to 12 volts. Along with the conversion I installed an electric windshield wiper motor, which fit perfectly and works great. Not being a real mechanic, I placed a hex-head screw into the end of the vacuum hose which originally connected...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 28, 2015

  Q. This is a picture of my Uncle Ray, who was a Milwaukee police officer. Can you or your readers help identify the make, model and year of his patrol car. ­ — James Ackmann, Ashippun, Wis. A. The interesting fender contour tells us we’re looking at a 1961 Dodge Dart, probably a...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 21

Q. [This ad] was found in the November 1950 Mechanix Illustrated magazine. What was the Ardun Conversion Unit? — Cec Breyfogle, Storm Lake, Iowa A. It was an overhead-valve conversion for flathead Ford V8 engines. Ardun was a contraction of Arkus Duntov, and the company was an enterprise of Zora Arkus Duntov, later director...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 7, 2015

  Q. This name plate is brass and roughly 5 by 4 inches. Is there any history on it, and how many years did they make them? — Frank Scimemi, Groton, Mass. A. I’m not sure how well your photo will reproduce, but it’s a Cadillac data plate from the 1920-’21 period. The stamped...