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  1. Will someone restore a 21st century car? I'm sure someone will. Just like someone will start a company to build a rocket to launch themselves into space. Will it be as common for people to restore 21st century cars as it is to restore 20th century cars? I'm not so sure. That was kind of the point of asking.
  2. This is really the crux of my dilemma. You can certainly redo a 20 year old car at this point, but then what about 20 years from now? You can't 3D print an integrated circuit. There is so much plastic in modern cars that you can't stop from from deteriorating and you can't restore with some filler or new metal and paint. What about my worn steering wheel with integrated airbag. It just seems like the only viable option with modern cars is to find a pristine example and do everything possible to keep it that way, and send the old and tired to the recycler.
  3. In a few years, 21st century cars will start to become "antique", at least according to the AACA definition. Are these cars worth restoring, or maybe more accurately - refurbishing? New paint, new interior, mechanical refurbishing. I know there has been discussion before about the future availability of parts, especially the black box electronics, but assuming that restoration is possible, would you do it? Or should these cars be considered disposable and just preserve the good examples and throw away the worn out ones? Has anyone done one? I have a 2006 Mustang that I love and half-joking say I am holding on to it for another 10 years until it is an "antique" and then restoring it. It's nothing special but it does have sentimental value and I am torn about what to do with it.
  4. Definitely a very nice Skylark. Only possible negative would be the interior is not original. The seat upholstery is not right and the white painted metal should be painted the interior color, if that's important to you. Still a nice looking car and probably well taken care of.
  5. I have had a 1962 Skylark convertible for 30 years. Pretty much the exact same one in the second link. The 215 V8 is a great engine. It has a long history right up through the early '90s. I haven't had any issues getting mechanical parts for this car. Most are readily available from places like Kanter, Cars, OPGI, etc. Body and trim can be a little more challenging, but for such a rare car, they seems to be out there if you look. The Dual Path tranny has a tendency to leak, so look out for that. Definitely check for rust. It's a unibody car so rust, especially on a convertible, can be a problem if it attacks any structural areas. I'd be happy to answer any specific questions and there is an active group on Facebook with lots of knowledge.
  6. Thanks for the advice. I've been going to Carlisle and Hershey for ~30 years. I'm normally not looking for anything in particular; more just window shopping. I enjoyed walking the flea market this year, but I mostly go for the car corral, hence my disappointment. I've never seen the car corral so barren. Granted, I usually do Carlisle in the spring and Hershey in the fall. Maybe it's a fall thing. I miss the old Carlisle days when the whole town was in on the event. You'd see old cars parked everywhere. People rented spaces on their lawns. You'd see cars being driven/towed up and down the Turnpike on the way there and home. There'd be a huge traffic jam getting into town in the morning (ok, don't miss that). Anyway, I really appreciate you and all the vendors that showed up and the people that did bring their cars to sell. Thank you, it was sorely needed.
  7. I was at Carlisle today. It was very disappointing. The crowd seemed light. The flea market was what it typically was, and the crowd that was there seemed to be buying. The car corral was abysmal. The entire hill was vacant. Of the small number of cars that were there, half of them were modern. What really bothered me were all the political signs among the vendors. As a business person, you are certainly entitled to your political opinions. But if you expect everyone to patronize your business, leave the politics at home. I don't expect politics in my face at a flea market space any more than I expect it at my local supermarket. I ended up leaving early.
  8. Hi All. I pulled this cool sign out of the ground behind my barn. Anyone know anything about the Automobile Club of Philadelphia? A search of the forums and the internet doesn't return much. I did find a newspaper article from 1925 about the 25th anniversary of the club, so apparently it's a very early club. It also seems to have had a role in the founding of AAA. The sign is about the size of a modern license plate but looks like it would go on a wall. Anyone familiar with the sign and what it would be used for? Thanks https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21013932/25-years-of-the-auto-club-of-phila/
  9. Hi All. I'm looking for a set of original 15" wheels for a 1962 Buick Skylark.
  10. Hi. Looking for front fender emblems for 1962 Skylark Convertible, Thanks
  11. Hi. Looking for front fender emblems for 1962 Skylark Convertible, Thanks
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