New here, ready to restore my Grandpa's 1972 Buick Skylark Convertible.

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by bcoyour, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. bcoyour

    bcoyour Member


    This seems to be the community I need to be a part of as I have been searching for where to get info for fixing up / maintaining my 1972 Buick Skylark Convertible. My grandpa bought this car new in 1972 and has kept it ever since, over the past 15 years I have been driving it in the Summer and trying to maintain it as best as I could being an amateur mechanic. My Grandpa passed away earlier this year and my Grandma gifted the car to me. I have many memories of driving in this car with Grandpa when I was young, my wife and I drove it a lot while we were dating (many years ago) and now my 5 kids and I enjoy taking care of it and driving with the top down. Needless to say this car has great sentimental value to me and my family. I would love to fix up and maintain it so my kids could enjoy it in the future as well.

    This Summer is the first time I've owned it and put more time and money into it. New tires, all new drum brakes, new master cylinder, etc. It is in overall pretty good shape, but I would love to get more involved in this online community to get advice and direction from other on how to go about restoring and maintaining the car. Any suggestion on where to start? I bought the factory repair manual for the vehicle, which is helpful.

    Here's what I know of the stats on the vehicle:

    • Year: 1972
    • Model: Buick Skylark Custom - Convertible
    • Transmission: Automatic - Shift on Column
    • Engine: V8 350 stock - possibly the second engine according to my Dad
    • Miles: 240,000? We are guessing since it only goes to 99,999


    I look forward to getting to know you all!

  2. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Welcome aboard from NY. Sounds like you have a great piece of family history. Good luck with it.
  3. clutchracer

    clutchracer Well-Known Member

    Welcome. Awesome story. Drive it and enjoy it. Repair as you go or........the sky is the limit! I think grandpa would like that you enjoy it and keep it stock.
  4. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest



    Nice story, so many memories there.

    Please put your first name in your signature, so we will not forget about it. :TU:
  5. carmantx

    carmantx Never Surrender

    Welcome. Nice looking 72 you have there.

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