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: December 19, 2013

Q. When setting the point gap in the distributor on older cars, and you want to check the setting with a dwell meter, what is the formula to use? For example, a 0.020 gap with the feeler gauge is what reading on a dwell meter? — Allen Hoffman, Pittsburgh, Pa. A. I don’t believe...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 12, 2013

Q. I found this coin at a flea market and wondered if anyone knew anything about this Sunoco antique car series or if it was much of a collector coin or not. I thought the readers might be able to enlighten me on this matter, or see if the coin is even worth keeping....

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 5, 2013

Q. The question about the first item in the Aug. 15 Q&A [unusual Flying A medallion] caught my attention. Mr. Wieber’s first glance at the license plate topper was right on the money. The shading that makes it look three-dimensional is just like what Flying A gasoline used in the 1930s, and so is...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: November 28, 2013

Q. I would like to give you some information regarding the recent question about Conoco Germ Processed motor oil (Sept. 12 and Oct. 24). The original refinery and world headquarters of Marland Refining Co. was founded in Ponca City, Okla., in 1917 and incorporated in Delaware in 1921. In 1920, it was estimated that...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: November 21, 2013

Q. This old hood ornament is from a car not known to me. I would greatly appreciate it if you could identify the ornament relative to make and year, and possibly place a value on it. — Larry Szuhy, Euless, Texas A. The head and neck certainly shout “Packard,” but I had trouble matching...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: November 7, 2013

Q. Here are some pictures of a body I have had for about 25 years. I have not been able to identify it. It has leather upholstery and door pockets in all four doors. The windshield frame is flat, like a late ’20s touring car, but the posts go down through the cowl. The...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 31, 2013

Q. We have a small Schottenring car made by Gebr Ihle Bruchsal in Germany. I can’t find much information on it. Do you have information on these cars? Any idea as to their value and rarity? I have included a photo of it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. — Mike Munson, via e-mail...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 24, 2013

Q.  Can you tell me what make and year these headlights go on? The lenses say “Monogram” and are 12 inches in diameter. — Charles L. Jordan, Qulin, Mo. A. I see several references online to Monogram Lens Corp. of New York City. One similar to yours is selling on eBay and identified as...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 10, 2013

Q. This is an old street scene taken in Cazenovia, Wis., in 1921. Can you or any of your readers identify the make of the vehicle in the foreground with the “U-shaped” radiator? I am not sure if it is a REO or what. It appears to be a truck or hack of sorts....

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Q&A with Kit Foster: October 3, 2013

Q. Some months ago, Thomas Kendall from St. John, Wash., asked about a Diana car. This piqued my interest because I am aware of such a car. I worked with Ted Lindenberg, the owner of this Diana, for many years. I am a professional model maker, and have put many of Ted’s designs into...