A young man's bravado says "anything is possible with hard work". And a young man with seven project cars is not without bravado.
Progress came in surges of frenetic energy. Engines were rebuilt, and transmissions overhauled. Bodies were smoothed, and parts fabricated.
The pace was exhausting, both of mind and bank. The power could not be sustained. Weeks or months would pass between crests without substantive progress. With each ebb came a greater force to flow. With each stall came a more furious dive. The energy adopted a positive feed back, growing ever more frantic and careless with each iteration.