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After a long  hiatus of seven months, I am pleased to say my project is back online.  I am sure many of you have been where I am (some more than once!) and I know you can appreciate how I feel at this moment.  I am going into my second year on the restoration of my '38,  and I even though I hate to admit it, this probably won't be the last break in the action.  Its not the first stumbling block, to be sure, but it has been the first significant pause in the action.

The engine is starting to slowly go back together.  The valves are almost all in (I think there's one more!) and its on to the pistons.  Hopefully, in the next few weeks, I will get to hear the sweet sound of this beautiful V12 come roaring back to life.

I feel fortunate that my mechanic, John, has been there right along with me.  Its hard to start a project like this but its reassuring when you know you have the right man for the job.  John has a lot of knowledge and experience but he also has skill and a passion for the job that only an enthusiast can appreciate.

When you you let someone take you car apart, you want them to be there to put it back together again.  Like I said, these pauses are inevitable but there's nothing like that uneasiness you get when things have to stop.  You can't help but wonder if its all going to keep going and if its all going to go back together again.

I am a relatively young guy (46 this year) and I have a seven year old son.  He's been in to see the Zephyr a couple of times.  We live in the Detroit area so I told him that one day we might be able to drive it to Greenfield Village.  We go to the Motor Muster there every year.  Its quite an event if you're in the area in June.  Anyways,  he calls it the airplane car because of its distinctive hood ornament.  He says,  "When are we gonna take the airplane car to Greenfield Village, Daddy?"  Someday son.  Someday.

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Keep plugging along, the fixin is supposed to be part of the fun..sort of... I also used to do the Muster at Greenfield, The thrill for me was 

driving around the village, full of folks top down.....good stuff..We would drive up and stay at the Dearborn Inn, (Henrys Airport Hotel)

--There are a lot of really knowledgeable people on this page, have helped me greatly--if you run into a difficulty chime in..See ya in Dearborn..

Better yet, Hickory Corners in August...Have you been to the fantastic Lincoln Museum and/or meet??

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I appreciate the words of encouragement.  The lows are few and far between.  It has been fun and it will continue to be fun.  I knew when I started that it would be a long process.  I don't have as much as I would like to dedicate to the project but who does?

I have not been to Hickory Corners yet but I would like to go there.  Its only three hours from me.  If people from all over the country make it there, I should be able to carve out some time.  I would really like to go there in August.

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