Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy Anniversary Eleanor!

I was going through my "baby book" on my fastback the other night sorting through the hundreds of pictures I've taken of the restoration.  I looked at the first couple of pages and saw the bill of sale on the fastback that my family calls "Eleanor."  If you're a true Mustang person, or even a muscle car person, you know the reference well.

Anyway, I realized that we brought this lady into our household on April 14, 2005.  Tomorrow is our 8th anniversary.

Wow!   It's hard to believe I've had her for that long.  Some marriages don't last as long as the "relationship" I've had with this vehicle.  

That reminds me what my wife said years ago.  "You won't leave me for another woman.  A car?  Yes."   So the love of my life has agreed to share me with the "other woman."  

So here's to our 8th anniversary Eleanor.   May we have many more years together.   And like my wife, you'll look better and better as each year goes by.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

2 Years Later

As of April 1, it has now been 2 years since I started this blog.   Yup.  I'm an anniversary kind of guy (that my wife loves, by the way).  It's more of an engineering thing.   I remember pretty much anything with numbers--dates, phone numbers, addresses, airport frequencies, credit card numbers.  You get the idea.

With that being said, the progress on the fastback would not be where it is had it not been for the blogosphere.   Maybe more specifically, the bloggers HERE.  The ones who have a Mustang they are attempting to bring back to life or have done so and are enjoying them on the road.

Then on the other hand, I wonder how long can I keep this up?  Both the blog and the car.   Some of you fellow Mustang bloggers have been at it for years...several years...with over 100,000 views.   That's persistence on both counts.   The question is this: can I match that kind of persistence?   As I have often said in these posts, "We'll see."

But I can say that I have made more progress on the fastback mainly because of the blog.   I know I said it last year on the 1st anniversary of "resurrection", but I'll say it again.  The support, encouragement, and the amount of high-quality documentation in words and pictures has helped my own restoration.   And as humbling as it's been, others have also said the same about my blogs.

But we're not here for ego trips are we.   We're here because we love our Mustangs and we appreciate others who love their Mustangs.  

I'm just hoping one day in the future (whenever that is)  I'll be at Carlisle and see a Mustang and say, "I know that car from the blog" and finally get to meet some of you face-to-face.

Until then, it's time to get on with the restoration process.   And thanks for going along for the ride with me.