Rod & Custom Feature Car
Al Perry
Longview, Washington
1962 Buick Skylark Convertible

Chassis
Going underneath, we find most of the original suspension still in place, but with the help of a few additional goodies. Al Perry added tubular A-arms and antiroll bars by Stoked Out Specialties. To get the ragtop down in the weeds, RideTech supplied the airbags and Koni shocks all around.

Drivetrain
The original 215ci Buick V-8 was running just fine except for a small noise that was rather annoying. Al had Howard of NAPA auto parts in Longview, WA, machine up the block, and Cascade Auto, also of Longview, bolt it all back together. That included a new Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor on the original intake manifold. When done, the noise was still there, so Al added a larger exhaust and the noise went away.

Wheels & Tires
Finding suitable rolling stock for the Buick was interesting because of the four-bolt pattern of the wheel hubs. Intro Wheels came up with the Ripple design in 18x8 with 4 5/16 backspacing on the front, and 4 11/16 on the rear. The rolling stock came from Diamond Back, with their Falcon brand white stripe tires (205s forward and 245s aft). With the combo of airbags to drop the car, the zoomy wheels, and a bit of whitewall, the car takes on a whole new look.

Body & Paint
Just a gentle smoothing of the body by Kevin Bishoff, of Kevin's Restorations in Vancouver, WA, was all that was needed for the body. He also removed the emblems and door handles to give the convertible a good start toward its final look. Bishoff then laid on the Glazurit paint hues in Lapis Blue and Silver Blue. The finishing touches were applied by pinstriper Mitch Kim (winner of the Von Dutch award at the Grand National Roadster Show), including his perfect silver leaf to separate the blues.

Interior
GM has had some good ideas over the years and the interior, dash, radio, and steering wheel are some of them. Not wanting to mess with success, Al had Jim Enger of Guy's Interiors in Portland, OR, do the all white pleated seats and door panels in good old vinyl. The dash was covered in leather by Jeff Shelton, right there in Longview, WA, and the beautiful blue Hartz cloth top was finally added by Enger's upholstery, also in Longview. As so often happens, the car had nice upholstery, and a good top, but after you add show-quality paint and new chrome, by Oregon Plating in Portland, they just had the look of yesterday's news.