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: May 8, 2014

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 as part of a box lot from an old garage. As the screw is...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 1, 2014

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 old in any manner. It appeared re-manufactured for a particular car, which one I...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 24, 2014

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 is quite time-consuming. Can they be purchased anywhere? — Chet Gandy, Strawberry, Ariz. A....

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 17, 2014

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 in from 1938 to 1940. A principal reason was to make more space for...

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 reads B3GV189715 and 60B L AC 24K KS36B. Both plates were taken from 1953...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 3, 2014

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 in olive drab. From the few paint chips, there does not appear to be...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 27, 2014

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 review and comments. Most of your response was correct, except for a few points...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 20, 2014

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 in bronze. I have the complete Series 1 and 2 (of three sets). —...

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 the linkage was set up, but they were a little bit of a chore...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 6, 2014

Q. I have shown this to several area old car experts and some antique car clubs but no one can identify it. One guess was an early Cadillac V8. It has two commutators. A stamped number on one side (75-373619) may be a part number. The layers of belting material on the one end...