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: 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,...

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....