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: 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...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 22, 2014

Q. Can anybody identify these turn signals? They are made of chromed pot metal, and the lenses are faceted glass. Somebody told my friend who owns them that he thought they came from a ’37 Chevy, but I can’t find anything like it. — Satch Reed, Salem, Va. A. They don’t look familiar to...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 15, 2014

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 set-up we ran had dual quads, but suffered from fuel starvation in the turns...

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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...