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 28, 2014

Q. Regarding Jim Ackmann’s lamp in the July 3 Q&A, it is a Chevrolet “Heritage Lamp.” It was awarded to Chevrolet service managers who achieved performance goals set by the Chevrolet Motor Division back in the mid 1960s. I still have my father’s lamp. He was the service manager at Merrill Chevrolet, Natick, Mass.,...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 21, 2014

Q. From 1960 to 1970, aged 8 to 18, I grew up along a rural stretch of busy two-lane highway in central Indiana. The road was highly traveled and the section that went past our house was straight as a ribbon for several miles. Even though the speed limit back then was 65 mph,...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 14, 2014

Q. I found this emblem in an antique store and would like to identify what year Pontiac it came from. It has a large nut on the back, and the bright work looks like a combination of chrome and nickel. It is slightly curved and it is heavy for its size. Also, where on...

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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...