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"It's so ... black!" said Ford Prefect, "you can hardly make out its shape ... light just seems to fall into it!"

Zaphod said nothing. He had simply fallen in love.

The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

"Your eyes just slide off it ..." said Ford in wonder. It was an emotional moment. He bit his lip.

Zaphod moved forward to it, slowly, like a man possessed - or more accurately like a man who wanted to possess. His hand reached out to stroke it. His hand stopped. His hand reached out to stroke it again. His hand stopped again.

"Come and feel the surface," he said in a hushed voice.

Ford put his hand out to feel it. His hand stopped.

"You ... you can't ..." he said.

"See?" said Zaphod, "it's just totally frictionless. This must be one mother of a mover ..."

--From Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

this is a project 'blog of my restoration and buildup of a 1991 Honda Civic Si. it was purchased through a friend at a time of great need for $2000. it served me well. eventually, though, ignition system troubles and an oil consumption rate that rivalled China led me to drop my last $200 on a junkyard gem: a complete D16Z6 engine from a '95 Si with under 80K miles on it.

however, undertaking this swap proved to be too much to handle with no money and no time. my father bought me a car for christmas. thus, the poor Si sat unloved, new engine next to it, for two long years.

finally, with the idea of freeing up garage space for my wife, and out of love for the Civic, i began the project anew. in fits and starts i have progressed, even trading in my daily driver for a brand-new Pontiac Vibe for my wife. i currently utilize her ancient Olds Cutlass as i race against time to finish the build . . .