Q&A

Informative column featuring Firsatsaatleri 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: February 28, 2019 Edition

Q. I was wondering if any of your [readers] know anyone with a rolling chassis for a 1951 Plymouth business coupe, or what type of newer chassis would work. Its frame is not repairable. Someone told me a Chevy S10 frame would work. I also need some parts: dashboard, taillights, glass, emblems,...

Q&A February 21, 2019 Edition

Q. I have owned a 1942 Dodge Deluxe four-door sedan since 1965. While it is a World War II vehicle, it is not a “blackout” model. Production of the 1942 cars started in September 1941. Over the years, I have owned other MoPar blackout cars. I still also own several spare blackout...

Q&A February 7, 2019 Issue Edition

Q. A fellow old car enthusiast sent me a photo of this steering wheel from an old abandoned car in the woods. There’s not enough car left to identify it with, and the logo on the horn button is unrecognizable to us. Can you or your readers help?       ...

Q&A with Kit Foster – Clocks & Engines

Q. I am trying to identify this clock. It is solid brass with a bezel that screws off to set the hands and to wind it with a key. It has a beveled glass crystal and porcelain face. On the face it says “Savannah 8 Day” and “Made by the New...

Q & A with Kit Foster: February 11, 2016

Q. Jim Sikora of Western Springs, Ill., asked about the “GM Powerama 1955” (Oct. 29). I was a production coordinator between the H.B. Stubbs Co. of Warren, Mich., the builders of the  Powerama, and GM Styling’s Product and Exhibit Design Group, the designers of that extravaganza of General Motors non-automotive division’s...

Q & A with Kit Foster: February 4, 2016

Q. Many years ago I acquired several cases of unissued Florida license plates from the ’70s that were destined for the dump. In going through them recently, I have discovered that I have some that are of the same year with duplicate numbers. Florida has only one rear plate, so they...

Q & A with Kit Foster: January 14, 2016

Q. Thanks for publishing my letter [about stock wheels with tube-type tires, Oct. 1]. As far as safety is concerned, this is the situation: The typical rim section used in tube-type tire days [had] the rim riveted to the wheel center. A deep area of cross section [made] tire installation easy....

Q & A with Kit Foster: January 7, 2016

Q. I have an old license plate that was given to me.  I thought it might be a South Dakota motorcycle plate, but the S.D. DMV cannot tell me anything about it. Any information would be appreciated.                  — Tim Stengel, Milbank S.D. A....

Q & A with Kit Foster: January 4, 2016

Q. As an additional comment on the toll highway plates noted in “Q&A,” Sept. 17, when the New York Thruway opened in 1956 you could buy a plate for unlimited use of the toll road for a calendar year in addition to the front license plate. It cost $20. The next...

Q & A with Kit Foster: December 28, 2015

Q. In 2003 my wife and I went to Bisbee, Ariz., for a tour of the big copper mine located there. I took these pictures on one of the main streets, where all the tourists go. It looks to me to be an early-1900 chassis of a fairly large motor car....