Part of the software pack we run is a program designed to give us a visceral response to the anticipation of an event or situation. The event or situation can be anywhere in the spectrum defined by the shades between agony, ennui and ecstacy. It is this anticipation of things to come that rules our actions as much or more than that which is going on around us. Just consider how often you hear the terms ‘looking forward’ ‘dreaming of’ and ‘imagining’. These are all expressions of expectation that is being shared. The software of anticipated experience, whether tinged with forboding or longing, when viewed in this light, is an important aspect of our humanness. I’m not just talking about big stuff like getting out of jail or sex, this notion applies equally to the little stuff like a first sip of coffee or taking a pee after having to hold it for a while because you’re driving.
This blog post is to help me get a handle on my anticipations surrounding my SS project. There is a lot to consider in the context of this project I’ve chosen to undertake. Simple stuff like exterior and interior color, becomes an anticipated fork in the road to plan for. What will I do the day I am confronted with that choice and the rest of the project depends on the decision being made and undoing the decision is a matter of thousands of dollars? In light of the gravity of the decision I look forward, I anticipate what it will be like to live with and enjoy or be disappointed with the fruits of my labors. Or: what color combo should I choose for the SS? What level of quality should I strive for in the finish? Should I run bumpers and all the trim? To what extent should I wring power out of the engine? What brake set-up should I pursue? What rear end ratio should I plan to run?
Metallic dark silvery gray with red interior is not such a bad combo, especially on BAT 5, and is the color combo I am thinking of painting the SS. Careful with the gray and purple comments my eagle-eyed readers! I wonder if I can get a paint code for BAT5?
You see, all these factors have to be weighed on the scales of anticipated outcome, and, like the physical works required to accomplish the project, are best undertaken one at a time. But wait you think, this isn’t necessarily so, because your decision and outcome for the last one and anticipation for the next one has to be considered when dealing with the one in hand. Yes, it’s a slippery slope and it’s especially slippery for me because there is no part of this project where an option is to ‘let it be’. Every single part of this car has to be at minimum touched, cleaned, assembled, adjusted. This project of hours spent doing is also a project of hours spent looking forward in anticipation of doing.
Despite my agreement with J. Kraus in a recent article about color on cars, there is always black, made especially cool by the light gray interiors.
So I ask you, reader who managed to get through the last several paragraphs, what color combo would you choose for this car? What specification would you build the engine to? In essence, what would you do if this project were yours and you had the skills and money required to finish it? Please comment below.
What do you say reader? Copy BAT5 or paint it black or chartreuse perhaps?