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The blinding beacon of internal combustion

After a twinge of disappointment on Saturday that the engine was not ready yet, we got the news we were hoping for on Monday. After a week of dedicated work by Daytona Auto Designing, the men went to pick up an engine that had not looked this good since it rolled off the line in 1964. We had everything done to it that you can get done. The crack was welded, it was magnafluxed and hot tanked, lifters replaced, all new gaskets, and everything else gone over to make sure the condition was good.

Here it comes…get ready for it…

BAM!

I don’t think the guys had been that close to tears since the last time any of them had watched Old Yeller or Brian’s Song. They collectively went silent, in awe of its magnificence. So shiny! So Perfect! Scott went into immediate plans to try and sneak it into his Fairlane, and the rest of us stood by it like a happy family looking at a brand new baby at the hospital nursery.

The next night we painted it. Justin chose Ford Red, and gives me dirty looks anytime I call it the power tomato.

Tonight we start putting it back in, hopefully finishing it by Friday and driving it home. But its going to take as long as it takes, and we aren’t going to rush it. We are just so happy to be giving such a neat car that suits us so well a new life. Another update tomorrow morning!

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