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: 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...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 30, 2015

Q. I have a stock Model A Ford engine which lacks the external oil drain tube. Nor is there a provision for one. I hope you or your readers can tell me why that pipe is lacking. — A.D. Drake, Portland, Ore. A. I’m pretty sure it’s because you have a Model B engine,...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 23, 2015

Q. I was sent this photo by a well-informed car guy friend, in hopes that I could identify this grille. It is on the wall at his friend’s place, and when people ask he has to tell them he has no idea what it is from. While it is good for my ego that...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 16, 2015

Q. At first there were open touring cars, and after 1926 convertibles and roadsters. My first car was a 1942 Plymouth convertible with an “automatic” hydraulic reclining top. I have not been able to find out the year or make of the very first “automatic” reclining top.  Does anyone know? — Dave Reader, via...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 2, 2015

Q. This is my father-in-law’s tow truck back in 1948 when he owned Sam’s Garage in Bridgeport, Conn. Could you help us identify the make and year of this truck? — Art Jensen, via e-mail A. At first glance, the pre-war cab-over-engine trucks of Studebaker and Dodge came to mind, but close comparison with...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 26, 2015

Q. This lamp was found in the attic of an old garage.  It is embossed “USA” on the top. Thanks for any information you can provide. — Pam Frink, Hill City, S.D. A. It looks like many brass auto lamps of the period, but the “USA” brand gives a clue. Soon after the United...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 12, 2015

Q. I don’t know if anyone followed up on [the Oct. 30 question about fake sidewalls made by Bearfoot Sole Co. in Wadsworth, Ohio], but since I live near Wadsworth I Googled it. What I found is that the current location is occupied by a rubber products company: Goldsmith & Eggleton, Inc., 300 1st...

Q&A with Kit Foster: March 5, 2015

Q. In the Jan. 15, 2015, issue, “Arizona Hot Picks,” it is said that the Olds featured “is a near-perfect 996-point car.”  What is the 996 referenced to? I’m guessing a classic car rating system, but would like clarification.  Also, how does one become qualified to be a car show judge? — Clark Mefford,...