My Classic Car: Derek and Dad’s 1964 Buick Skylark convertible

My Classic Car: Derek and Dad’s 1964 Buick Skylark convertible

My Dad and I bought this in 1984.

Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark

Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark

My Dad and I bought this in 1984. It was 20 years old and we were only the third owners.

The previous owner used this convertible as a truck. Therefore, there were three inches of pine bark in the back seat and four inches of pine bark in the trunk.

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Original top was black

We lived in Henderson, North Carolina, at the time. The first winter we had the car it was so rusted around the windshield I had snow collecting on dashboard during one Sunday afternoon drive to exercise the old gal.

After our move to central Florida in 1985, we had a local body shop spend about nine months doing what they could in restoration. The body is in great shape. I’ve replaced the black convertible top with white, but the yellow is the original ’64 Buick color.

New interior, new floor carpet, new trunk mat. Heads were removed at purchase, and valve seats redone for unleaded fuel.

It’s about time for a complete front-end rubber suspension replacement, and trans rebuild, but since car gets less than 100 miles a year, that can happen at anytime.

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The engine

I’m just hoping that it’s in the will that someday it will be all mine.

— Derek Wilkins, St Petersburg FL

 

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