Swap Meet has your ‘part’

Swap Meet has your ‘part’


By Lyonel Doherty

The South Okanagan Vintage Car Club is hosting a Swap Meet at the Oliver Arena and baseball field on April 29 from 8 am to 4 pm. It will be a great opportunity to find vintage car parts and talk to restoration experts. There will also be crafts at the event.
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There’s going to be a lot of “body parts” in Oliver on April 29.

So says Dave Doman from the South Okanagan Vintage Car Club.

A “Swap Meet” for vintage car hounds will be held in the Oliver Arena and the community park from 8 am to 4 pm.

“It’s a bunch of silly old men who gather up rusty tin and sell it to other silly old men who don’t know any better,” joked Doman, who’s been doing this for 42 years. He’s now 80.

Doman said people will see all manner of vintage car parts (and crafts) at the event. You never know – you might just see that part you’ve been looking for.

Doman said vintage car enthusiasts follow swap meets all over the country, and it’s a great place for people who are restoring old vehicles.

“It’s how guys like us restore old cars,” he stated.

Doman pointed out that swap meets offer great camaraderie among fellow restorers looking for parts such as fenders, radiator shells, transmissions and “lots of sheet metal.”

And haggling is part of the fun, he said.

You can also exchange ideas and learn how to restore a vehicle, he noted. “There’s a lot of expertise there.”