At this point, there's probably at least as much or more info in the current data base, and this one is searchable. The search feature on the old forum wasn't worth the effort. I've been able to find most answers of late here on this forum, and so haven't even attempted to go to the old one in months.
I, for one, wouldn't put any effort into getting the old forum working.
If the database structure is maintained it may not be too difficult to massage the old data to be compatible with the new software. Maybe not but it's probably worth a shot.
There may very well be more data contained in the new forum but what happens when this one dies? We have to start all over again. You've most likey put in thousands of hours on the forum. Do you really want that? I think it (and all other old posts) should be preserved. Some people do use it and if they find an answer there that's potentially one less question you have to answer again. Keeping old posts available would only help the frequent posters like yourself.
Yeah, I'd love to have access to the old forum. 'course that's easy for me to say, I'm not the one putting in the time and effort required to ressurect it!
Here's a personal reason to keep the old forum: during the ~year I spent restoring the 66, I was asking questions and getting answers practically daily. That old forum contains a complete chronological history of my restoration, from the time I first asked opinions about buying the car all the way through to her maiden voyage on Pony Trails. I'd love to have access to all that, and as others have said I would gladly pay for a CD.
I do NOT want feedback on the old forum. I was simply responding to someone asking about it. I won't have time to work on it for awhile at any rate, so if there's any hope at all, you'll have to be patient.