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: May 2, 2019 Edition

Q. Paul Weaver (Feb. 28) asked about putting his 1951 Plymouth business coupe on a different chassis. His car is on a 111-inch wheelbase. A 2001 standard cab Dodge Dakota is on a 112-inch wheelbase. Would this be a close match?                     ...

Q&A: April 25, 2019 Edition

Q. I have some air conditioning vents that I’m trying to figure out, year-wise. I think they’re 1961 [Cadillac]. Any idea?                 — Gary Noubarian, via email A. Indeed, they do look like the vents on 1961 and ’62 Cadillacs with factory air. The...

Q&A: April 18, 2019 Edition

Q. You are one of the few that get the 1941 Dodge “Fluid Drive” concept correct. My high school car was a 1941 Dodge Luxury Liner and it did, indeed, have a completely standard three-speed manual transmission like any other MoPar, only with a fluid coupling between it and the engine....

Q&A: April 11, 2019 Edition

Q. Regarding Jim Schrimpf’s sun visor question in the March 7 issue, the outside sun visor first came out in 1946. It was almost an oddity at the beginning, but quickly grew popular for the new 1946 model cars. To verify this I had to review some photos I took of...

Q&A: April 4, 2019 Edition

Q. Anyone know what car this ornament goes to? It’s made of gray-black metal. I found it in a box of old car parts while cleaning out an old garage.      — Chuck Drilling, Sandstone, Minn. A. Ah, yes — the Heron. It was designed by J.W. Hession, Jr., according to the...

Q&A: March 28, 2019 Edition

Q. I sent in a comment [Jan. 31 Q&A] about the electric-gas gizmo from Sept. 6. I wanted to enlighten a little bit about the 200-mpg carb I mentioned. This was invented by a man named Charles Pogue back in the ’30s. There was a lot in the news about it for...

Q&A: March 21, 2019 Edition

Q. For all our success in solving automotive puzzles, sometimes we just come up short. Back in 2016 — the July 28 Q&A to be precise — Frank Scimemi of Groton, Mass., asked for ID on an old engine in his collection. We’ve had a number of possible contenders, but none conclusive....

Q&A: March 7, 2019 Edition

Q. I believe I have a blackout Packard Clipper. It is titled as a ’42, and the clock is stamped with “Jan. 1942.” It has a chrome grille and bumpers, but most of the trim is painted. I’m trying to get info on how late in the ’42 model year it was...

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...