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: December 4, 2014

  Q. The Aug. 7 issue had an article in Club Clips about Chrysler’s Turbine Cars. I have enclosed a couple of pictures of a metal advertising piece that I have had for several years. When I found the first one, I thought it might have been given to one of...

Q&A with Kit Foster: November 27, 2014

Q. I have had an NOS fender for a few years and neither myself nor others have been able to identify it. I was once told it was Packard and this upset a few old-timers when I had a friend take it to Hershey. They said they thought it was late...

Q&A with Kit Foster: November 20, 2014

  Q. This is an answer to the question from Jim Vouk regarding timing gear lubrication on a 1936 Chevrolet (Oct. 26). Stripped timing gears are probably the most common major engine failure in the early Chevrolet engines. This is caused by a lack of oil reaching the gears. The timing...

Q&A with Kit Foster: November 13, 2014

Q. I have bought back my original car and am restoring it with my son. It is a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S two-door hardtop. The original window sticker was still in the glove box. The car has a Rocket 350 engine, Muncie four-speed without console, positraction rear end with 3:91 gears,...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 30, 2014

Q. John Tumolo’s emblem (Sept. 4) is for sure Hudson Terraplane, probably 1935-’37 vintage. — Trenton Browne, Sunset, Texas A. As a Hudson owner for nearly 40 years, I should have pursued that angle a bit further, but I’ve never had Hudson products of that era so the emblem didn’t ring...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 23, 2014

Q. In Jim Luke’s question regarding the movie “Sunset Boulevard” (Aug. 14 Q&A), he wondered if anyone knew if the Isotta Fraschini in “Sunset Boulevard” existed today.  While I don’t know exactly, I can add a bit to its life after the movie. In the mid-1960s, the car was on display...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 9, 2014

Q. I really enjoyed the story Dennis Caudell wrote (Aug. 21) about the “whooshing” sound the Oldsmobiles of the 1950s and ’60s made when they were going flat out at full throttle. I think I have the answer. I had a 1954 Olds 98 that was my first car and it...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 2, 2014

Q. To add to the discussion on battery cables back in March, correct battery cable gauge is extremely important in starter cranking performance. Typically, old car 6-volt systems must use one (1) gauge or larger cables. 12-volt systems typically use 4- or 6-gauge cables. Most old car 6-volt ground cables, more...

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 25, 2014

Q. I’ve been looking for a rear axle bumper for my 1966 Chevy Impala four-door hardtop, 283 engine, with no success. If you or any of the readers can help, I’d be most appreciative. A photo is attached. ­ —Francisco J. Castillo, via e-mail A. Does anyone know of a source?...

Q&A with Kit Foster: September 18, 2014

Q. I have a 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille that has been in our family since purchased brand new. She has all the toys: power windows, seats, air, etc. She starts up fine, runs fast and kicks down OK. However, the generator light goes on and stays on. The next day the...