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: 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,...

Q&A with Kit Foster: February 26, 2015

Q. You asked what others use to clean car windows (Dec. 4). I use a small bucket that holds about a gallon of water. I put in one drop, sometimes two, of dish washing liquid and fill the bucket about 3/4 full with warm water. I use part of an old towel from my...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: February 12, 2015

Q. On page 12 of the Dec. 4 issue, Dave Ring, Ponca City, Okla., shared a photo of a Chrysler turbine calendar. That perpetual (not so perpetual after all) calendar was given to the public who participated in the 1962 Turbo Dart, Turbo Fury dealer test ride program. Chrysler sent the Turbo Dart and...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: February 5, 2015

Q. I have had this magneto for many, many years. It may have been for one of my father’s cars (1925-’26). It is stamped “Bosch 2616410 eD4-V, Made in USA.” Any value? Can someone use it? — Harvey Waltersdorf, Rehoboth Beach, Del. A. It will probably have value to someone who can use it....

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 15, 2015

  Q. I bought this old steering wheel 20 years ago at a rummage sale. It is 17 inches outside diameter with a 3/4-inch hole, two key slots and has a 2-1/4 inch rise. I know there were many such wheels made in the past, but I thought it would be a good challenge...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 8, 2015

  Q. I am currently restoring a 1953 Ford F100 pickup. I am having trouble finding a vinyl strip to protect my running boards. They are mounted on an aluminum strip. Sacramento Vintage Ford Parts and Dennis Carpenter have discontinued them. They look like these I recently photographed at Hot August Nights in Reno....

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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...