"The summer of 2007 we took the car to a few cruise-ins and did well in the under construction category," Mike recalled. "The following winter we took the car to Jim's Upholstery in Longview Washington for the interior. We stayed fairly conservative but made a few trick highlights with ostrich leather inserts and some embroidery on the back seats.

"Our final goal was to enter the car in the Portland Roadster Show once it was completed," Mike noted. "We made it to the 52nd annual show and took first place in our category."

Which brings up another idiom: Be careful what you wish for. "I have to admit I'm a little bit scared of it," Mike noted as he pushed his fingertip over a smudge of dried-up wax on the visor. "I'm afraid I'm going to screw it up!"

Of all the things Mike, Brian, and Jason Frank planned for, I don't think they ever thought of that.