The poor kid had hardly boarded the flight back to Minneapolis when Ebby, in time-honored tradition, went to work with a pair of diagonal cutters severing everything behind the instrument panels. Even though it wasn't that big a deal since the Pietenpol had no electrical system and precious few instruments, there were still groans from the mechanics. For 30-some years they'd watched him buy airplanes -- Staggerwing Beeches, UC-78s, P-51s, Beech 18s, and Lockheed 10s, 12s and 18s -- knowing they'd be faced with sorting out the tangle of cut wires, cables and lines behind the panel. The idea was to ensure everything was replaced instead of renovated, salvaged or repaired. At one of Ebby's birthday celebrations, the mechanics at Cincinnati Aircraft and Queen City presented him with a pair of "dikes," gold-plated and firmly welded shut.