Today I was able to pick up a piece of the puzzle that has been missing since day one: the stainless cowl band. After posting a want-ad on Facebook, 'banger guru Todd Benston hit me up saying he had a bunch of them. Best of all, he's located about an hour and a half away in the Santa Cruz mountains. This morning, I paid him a visit. Todd was gracious to show me his incredible collection of early Ford treasure, which includes everything from his 'banger-powered Model A roadsters to an in-progress Deuce that his dad pulled out of a San Francisco basement in 1973. Best of all, Todd took the time to answer all of my 'banger questions, which ranged from high-compression head inquires to transmission specs. One thing is for sure—I'll be back. When I got home, I discovered that my first tack strip had arrived safely. I got a great deal from a fellow Ford Barn member. I'll share the full story at a later date.