Q&A

Informative column featuring FranchiseBelgique 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: 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...

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...