In honor of the great Neil Armstrong’s passing recently, I thought I would pay tribute. You’re familiar with the famous words crackling over the radio from the surface of the Moon; “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” What small steps can you take today to help you make progress on your giant leap of an automotive project?
Armstrong was basically stepping off a ladder. Definitely a small step, but how much effort was required to get he and his ladder to the surface of the Moon?
I installed a couple pieces on the firewall of my rally/race car the other night. Not to suggest that my bolting up a brake booster and master cylinder and whatnot was in any way as important as landing a man on the Moon, but it was a small step toward my getting this project back on the road.
Think about what it took to get people on the Moon. All the resources and manpower and time and money that it took to get those Lunar Modules designed, built, and parked on top of a giant rocket that shot off into space, ultimately delivering a couple guys to the surface of the Moon for a few brief hours.
I got home from work around 6PM, finished assembling the baby’s crib, called up a rallyista in Tennessee about an interview, had dinner with Vanessa, and watched the latest episode of Breaking Bad (we’re kind of addicted at this point).
Around 930PM, I finally stepped out into the hot, muggy garage to start re-installing engine bay components on the firewall of my would-be rally/race car. I got a cold beer out of the mini fridge I got for Christmas last year and grabbed the first firewall bits I could lay my hands on – the cruise control.
Here’s what I started with.
Why cruise control on a rally/race car, you ask? I want to get as much use out of my race car as possible. That means driving to California, Utah, New Mexico and maybe even the DSM/EVO Shootout some day in Ohio. I am willing to give up fractional performance potential for cruise control and air conditioning.
Besides, the first thing I noticed I could address was bolting the throttle cable to the firewall. Here’s what the cruise looked like once I bolted it up.
Now, I’ve had about 100ft of this stuff called Tech Flex which is designed for wrapping wires, but I thought, now is the time to make things look as awesome as possible, right? Out came the Tech Flex. I think it turned out pretty slick.
Here’s a close up of the Tech Flex in action.
I was hoping to get myself to bed around 10PM, but ended up tinkering on the car until just after 11PM, when I told myself I had to walk away for the night. Didn’t stop me from dropping the charcoal canister in there, though. It ain’t hooked up, but I’m not kicking it anymore!
GET THINGS DONE.
It wasn’t much, but it was enough, and maybe, just like Neil Armstrong reminded us all of our potential in the Universe, just forcing myself to get out into the night to turn a couple wrenches reminded me of how in order to finish first, you must first finish.
I feel like a gearhead again. What can I do next, and when can I get back out there to do it?
Are there any simple, free tasks you could knock out on your project in an hour or so? What’s keeping you from getting them done? It’s free. It’s easy. What’s the deal? We should compare notes.