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: February 27, 2014

Q. I was reading about the Sunoco antique car coins in the Q&A column (Jan. 9). It reminded me of an e-mail I received from a Pantown (a neighborhood in Saint Cloud, Minn.) homeowner. He was doing some remodeling in his house and found this Pan coin. He asked if I knew anything about...

Q&A with Kit Foster: February 13, 2014

Q. Chevs of the ’40s (Vancouver, Wash., www.chevsofthe40s.com, 877-735-0587) has 16-inch rims and Chevrolet offered a four-speed column shift in 1968 and ’69. I only saw one in all the years I spent in Chevy dealerships. — Frank Johnson, via e-mail A. Thanks. Arland Stellmacher also suggested Chevs of the ’40s for 16-inch from...

Q&A with Kit Foster: February 6, 2014

Q. You asked about the Sunoco/Franklin Mint coin set (Jan. 9).  Glad to help. SERIES 1, 1968 1901 White (steamer) 1902 Studebaker (electric) 1903 Winton touring 1904 Autocar VIII 1905 Apperson B touring 1906 Franklin 1907 Locomobile racer 1908 Stanley 1909 Ford T 1910 Sears 1911 Mercer Raceabout 1912 Simplex Speedster 1913 Lozier Light...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 30, 2014

Q. A friend of mine gave me this possible hood ornament. He said he thought it was off a Chevy wagon. I would like to know what year and model. Can you help me? — Gary Hilton, Torrance, Calif. A. You don’t tell us how big it is, so I suspect the picture is...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 16, 2014

Q. Years ago I read an article in a car magazine. It might have been Car Craft, as it was in the small format that they refer to as the “little pages.” It was a special issue on Model T’s. In this article is stated that there were no black Model T Fords as...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 9, 2014

Q. I have an interesting antique emblem that I have been unable to identify. It comes from my father’s estate. He was born in 1912, and the story goes that he had, in his early driving years, a Stutz Bearcat straight eight. He has long been known to keep insignias and other trinkets from...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 2, 2014

Q. Bill Clarkson mentions a four-speed Ford Econoline van in the Nov. 28 “Sound Your Horn.” Could this be the British “Dagenham” transmission used in some six-cylinder Falcons, Comets and Mustangs? — Bob Smith, Albany, N.Y. A. I believe it is. If I’m not mistaken, that unit, originally for larger British Fords, became available...

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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...