It turns out man caves can be anything a man might want, and in Dave Scibior’s case one of his favorite places is a large modern building where he keeps his collector cars.
Scibior’s building is only a few years old and it was built to his specifications, which means it’s tight as a drum, well lighted, spacious and clean.
“I built this in 2006 and I told the contractor I wanted this building to be sealed tightly so nothing can get in,” he said, meaning insects and rodents, the scourge of almost everyone who has a large building used for auto display or storage.
Scibior, of Canastota, is service manager at Walt’s Automotive Service, in Syracuse. He is particular about his possessions. That’s evident when you look at his building and the five special vehicles it houses: a 1978 Chevrolet Camaro RS, a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT, a 1989 Dodge Shelby Daytona, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup and a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire.
Not one to just look at his cars and truck, Scibior and his wife, Erin, have driven all of them. but to inspect them you might guess otherwise. Each one is clean and well maintained perhaps better than when they were new.
The ’78 Camaro RS is a perfect example. It’s a copy of the car that Chevy featured that year as the centerfold of its Camaro brochure and although it’s been driven it’s clearly better than showroom condition.
“I bought this car new and drove it for 26,000 miles, but everything about it is original,” Scibior said.
The Chevy isn’t unusual in the stable. The other cars are equally spotless and each appears to be in new condition. Scibior’s truck, a 1996 Dodge Ram, is another great example. It’s driven frequently, not as a daily driver but to haul things, maybe a mower or snow blower or something less obtrusive, but the point is there’s not a scratch or flaw to be found.
While Scibior doesn’t do anything more than minor body work on his cars at his building, he has done extensive mechanical work to most. Because he’s a professional technician equipped with tools of all description including a lift, he’s at home wrenching on anything.
“I rebuilt every piece of this car,” he said, pointing to the black ’86 Fiero.
Fiero is a mid-engine car built by Pontiac from 1984 through 1988. Although they were mechanically problematic, they gained a cult-like following. Scibior said his car was a low-mileage example when he bought it in 1991, but even so his assessment indicated it may have been abused somewhere along the line.
Equipped with the optional high-output 2.8-liter V-6 motor developing 140 horsepower, Scibior said he took everything out of the car and rebuilt, refurbished and replaced what was required.
“I wanted the car returned to the way it was supposed to be,” he said. The result is a car that’s the most satisfying and fun to drive among all of them. Scibior is something of a Fiero aficionado since he owned two prior to the one in his garage.
Even though he believes the Pontiac is more fun than the others, Scibior is like most collectors: fond of all the cars.
“Each car reminds me of something and has special meaning,” he said.
Dave Scibior’s cars
• 1978 Chevrolet Camaro RS
• 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT
• 1989 Dodge Shelby Daytona
• 1996 Dodge Ram pickup
• 2005 Chrysler Crossfire