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 24, 2014

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Q. I have a pair of headlight assemblies and I cannot figure out what car they came from. They are electric driving lights with lenses from the Warner-Patterson Co. of Chicago, and have raised sections on the glass. I cannot … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 10, 2014

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Q. A few issues ago, you identified some items I had purchased, saying they are horn buttons (March 13). In the same box was this item. Do you know what it is? — Herb Stuesse, Sheboygan Falls, Wis. A. As … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 3, 2014

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Q. The May 15 Q&A showed a pair of side lamps which I am sure came installed on certain models of early-1920s Studebakers. However, customizing was not limited to any particular period of automotive history. Many individuals or perhaps specialty … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 26, 2014

Q. Regarding prewar cars with power windows, I believe that the 1942 Lincoln Continental had them, and I believe that they were vacuum-operated. The Sam Pack museum has a 1942 Continental Convertible and they list power windows on it. — … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 19, 2014

Q. I have had a number of antique cars over the years, and with the oldest I usually continued to drive on bias-ply tires. An exception was a ’67 Cadillac convertible. It had modern radials when purchased, and I adhered … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 12, 2014

Q. A friend has a 1965 Thunderbird convertible with an interesting problem. This car has power windows with original motors and switches, according to him. When he operates the switch for the right side rear window, his garage door goes … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 5, 2014

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Q. Referring to the question about special washers used on electrical connectors (April 24), I believe these limit the rotation of round crimp-on connectors (or loose wires, twisted around the terminal screw) with the left-pictured washer, and spade type (“Y” … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 29, 2014

Q. I have a Pennsylvania Keystone chromed inspection frame (4-1/2” by 4-1/2”), with a plexiglass cover, and a mounting bracket. It appears the piece would be mounted to the front bumper. The inspection sticker, depicting a keystone, is from 1932. … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 22, 2014

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Q. Can anybody identify these turn signals? They are made of chromed pot metal, and the lenses are faceted glass. Somebody told my friend who owns them that he thought they came from a ’37 Chevy, but I can’t find … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 15, 2014

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Q. Back in the very early ’60s my dad and I campaigned a 1954 [Jaguar] with a Cadillac engine with the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs. The swap is another story but this question involves Fish carburetors. The original … More »

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