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: July 11, 2019 Edition

Q. Angelo was correct in identifying the Cadillac door lock knobs in the June 6 “Q&A.” I was surprised to see them. They brought back very fond memories of my 1958 Fleetwood Sixty Special, fully loaded including air suspension, with the most poorly placed switch location Cadillac could have picked. I...

Q&A: July 4, 2019 Edition

Q. I retired from UPS 23 years ago and remember our Peterbuilt and some Mack tractors having the horn buttons in the Apr. 25 Q&A.         — Phil Emerson, Riverside, Calif. A. Thanks for helping us focus the identification. I was thinking delivery trucks, which didn’t quite fit...

Q&A: June 20, 2019 Edition

  Q. My 1949 Chrysler has a MoPar sun visor on it (ref. Q&A Mar. 7 and Apr. 11). Attached is the accessory page that describes it, from catalog D-12710, which is dated “Copyright 1949.” I also have the instruction sheet for installing the visor, Form D-12206 Rev 12-48 (Dec 1948)....

Q&A: June 13, 2019 Edition

Q. I got this in a “dollar box” back in the 1980s during a farm auction in Indiana. Dollar boxes normally had a bunch of miscellaneous things in them and you’d win them for a dollar. It is marked on the back as manufactured by Jaeger Watch Company of New York....

Q&A: June 6, 2019 Edition

Q. I have two old Snap-On timing lights, Models MT-212 and 215. The last time I sent them off for repair, Snap-On said there are no parts available. Does anyone know where I can have these repaired? I know they are old.      — Johnny Hackney, New Bern, N.C. A....

Q&A: May 30, 2019 Edition

Q. My family’s moving and storage business was started in 1911 with horses and wagons here in Shreveport, La. I think this may have been one of the first trucks the company owned. Can you tell me its age?                — Joe Herrin, Shreveport, La....

Q&A: May 23, 2019 Edition

Q. I am the owner of Specialized Collision Center in O’Fallon, Mo., in suburban St. Louis. We are a company that does restorations separately from the collision portion of the company. We have a customer who would like to have some additional work done to his 1941 Chevrolet, which is a...

Q&A: May 16, 2019 Edition

This is a reply to Mr. Faria’s request for information about the 1936 Chevrolet truck with a chrome grille (Q&A, Apr. 11). To eliminate confusion, I would like to begin with 1934 and 1935 Chevrolet trucks. The 1934 and ’35 were difficult to tell apart. While the front-end styling was all...

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...