Field Guide to Wasteland Vehicles: Skyhawk

Skyhawk is a 1970 Buick Skylark hardtop sedan that’s found a new life after being rescued from an auto-auction’s salvage lot.  When found, the battered old Buick needed an engine, so a 350 V8 with a TBI conversion was installed.  GM products of this vintage are surprisingly receptive to larger tires, and Skyhawk is no exception, with a set of 31s stuffed underneath and springs from a station wagon to help raise the body.

After that, it’s all detail work.  The missing grille has been filled with Army tent spikes, and a few decorate the roof as well.  The “stacks” at the rear are actually part of the landing skids from a Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopter.  In keeping with the salvaged-military theme, an M60 and an M2 Browning have been mounted at the rear, where a removed trunklid provides a good gunner’s perch.  There’s room for spare equipment back there as well.  Skyhawk also has the distinction of being one of those post-apoc vehicles that’s a daily driver!