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: August 7, 2014

Q. I bought a 1958 Biscayne in which the interior had been redone. Whoever did the headliner covered the mounting area for the sun visors. There is a nickel-sized hole on the driver’s side, which I have searched with my finger to locate the mounting holes, but I cannot. Where can I find a...

Q&A with Kit Foster: July 31, 2014

Q. Your recent Q&A columns about the first power windows (May 8, June 26) reminded me of an encounter a few years ago at a Flint Region AACA car show in Michigan. I met an old couple who, as I recall, had a Flint automobile. This old couple was most happy to demonstrate the “power”...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 24, 2014

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 find any markings on the assembly body. It appears the headlights are duo, set...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 10, 2014

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 a matter of fact I do. It’s a wire wheel “knock-off” from a sports...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: July 3, 2014

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 companies such as Checker could have used them because of the appeal value. In...

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. — Red Frese, Tulsa, Okla. A. Indeed you’re on the right track. In fact, Lincoln...

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 to manufacturer’s recommended pressures. However, I now have a ’62 Buick Special Skylark, which...

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 up or down. It doesn’t do it every time, but often. My guess is...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 5, 2014

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” appearance) crimp-on connectors with the right-pictured washer. The left washer is used with rectangular...

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. I know a similar keystone was on the 1930 to 1938 stickers. The first...