Of course I said no, but in retrospect, accepting his offer would have been the smart thing to do. Thirteen years and let’s-not-talk-about-the-money later, the V8 is finally going back together. Why the century-spanning restoration? There’s the aforementioned financial issue, for one. Related to that, my friend John Bivens, one of the USA’s best Indian restorers, has taken on the V8 as sort of a shop project. That means a good-guy discount on his labor, with the understanding that his full-pop-paying Indian Engineering customers come first. On top of all that, some things just take time.