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: 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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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 27, 2014

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Q. A copy of your response to a letter from Donald Chepurna regarding GMC truck history (Q&A Dec. 12, 2013) was referred to me by Dan Bower, president of our Motor City Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, for … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 20, 2014

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Q. Here is background information related to the Sunoco antique car series coins (Q&A Feb. 27) that were given out as a sales promotion. If you obtained a special coin then Sunoco would send you a complete set of 25 … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 13, 2014

Q. In the Jan. 2 Q&A, a reader asked if any U.S. make had a four-speed column shift. International Loadstar cabover trucks (before they took the Cargostar name in 1970) had a five-speed on the column. I don’t remember how … More »

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