So I’m wondering why it’s 7:30 in the evening and I’m still sitting here at my desk. I thought I gave this up years ago when I was a computer systems programmer. Thinking about it a little, I realized that there was something missing back then. The thing that was missing was what made me take the 3-point stance at the door at 5:00. Hmm. Log that thought.
Fast forward to a recent car show where I am looking at a beautiful 1967 Tri-power 427 Corvette and listening to the owner tell me about the $20,000 he has invested in the motor.

If we all had the enthusiasm and passion that American Autowire/Factory Fit founder Michael Manning has, success would be assured.  Michael prides himself and his team at American Autowire on producing the most accurate and easy to use wiring solutions for virtually every Chevy machine, be it a full-out restoration or the most high-tech muscle machine.  Michael’s head-on approach to providing solutions is well known in the industry.  But above all, Michael is an enthusiast, having built many, many projects over the years, he is always improving his approach as well as integrating the latest and best performing products into his own machines.

The unfortunate part of this scenario is that I’m not paying much attention to the specifications of the motor because I’m looking at the two butt-connectors wrapped in electrical tape surrounding the starter solenoid lead and the main fuse panel power lead at the bulkhead connector.

Now I’m thinking to myself just how well the $20,000 motor goes with the cobbled-up electrical job and wondering What The... Maybe the engine fan won’t turn fast enough to feed the impending blaze that will ultimately render the car -- as well as the $20,000 motor -- to boat anchor status. I let the man’s zeal prevail and told him how wonderful the car was.
Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that normally I would have emphatically informed the man of the future doom of the half-ass wiring harnesses and his $20,000 investment (and the car). Some people would take the position that this would have been just another marketing ploy in order to sell the man one of my harnesses. They might call it sales by fear and technical mumbo-jumbo intimidation. That approach makes me feel like the mechanic in the old Fram filter commercial when he says “Pay me now or pay me later.” Sometimes the best approach is to cover the logo on your shirt and just walk away.
This year I attended the Hot Rod and Restoration Trade show in Indianapolis, where legendary racer Andy Granatelli was the guest speaker. The most inspirational thing he said to sum up his career was that you can do anything in life, and be anything in life, if you put your mind to it and have that one super ingredient. That ingredient is passion.
It was obvious way back when that I didn’t have the passion as a programmer. The passion was there when I wondered why the man cut corners on a beautiful Corvette and failed to complete the job correctly. Finally, the passion is here at 7:30 when I’m still sitting at my desk designing new products. The business of custom and classic automobiles is PASSION!  And it is the common bond we all share. By the way, I never did sell that guy a harness, and never saw the car again. Go figure!  

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