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: 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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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 8, 2014

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Q. I have been unable to identify this puller. It was made by Cook Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y. The patent date is 1926 or 1928. I have not found anyone who knows what it’s intended to remove. It was purchased … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 1, 2014

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Q. Last year I found one beauty ring (with no hole for a valve stem) at a local swap meet. I would like to find or buy four more. It was a new item in that it did not look … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 24, 2014

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Q. What are these washers called? I am restoring a 1937 Buick and there are washers like these on electrical components such as the voltage regulator and horn relay. Most of them are rusty. I can clean them, but it … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 17, 2014

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Q. When did the major car makers change from floor shift to column shift? Was it ever an option? — Chuck Klein, Georgetown, Ohio A. In general, the sea change from the “wobble stick” to “three on the tree” swept … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 10, 2014

Q. I’m hoping you or one of your readers can help me with regard to the differences in two Ford VIN plates that I have. One plate reads U4GC159436 followed by 76B R AE 5 G SL220C, while the other … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 3, 2014

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Q. I recently bought a replacement locking door handle for my 1929 Plymouth. What I got is an identical NOS, solid cast metal handle with the same contours and measurements. However, this one was painted with red primer and then … More »

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