Dale Amy
May 1, 2005

While all this was going on, the Rois moved back home to Canada from Florida, and Tim enlisted the aid of brother Mike in assembling and fitting body panels, and all the other little bodywork tidbits that result from compiling a car from a unibody shell. He then hooked up with Mike "Droopy" Papoff at Kustom Painting in London, Ontario, to lay on the Black Orange Pearl over Arctic White paint scheme, separated by airbrushed red and orange stripes. Tim left off the rear wing, added an '00 Cobra R-style cowl hood, and finished off with '03-style Cobra rims.

In all, the project took about two years. Officially written off for dead, the spirit of Tim and Stephanie's '96 Cobra now lives on in this reincarnated '97, with bits of '98 and '03 kindred SVT spirits thrown in for good measure. Through a lot of effort, two wrongs have finally been put right.

Tech specs

Block '03 Cobra iron
Bore Stock
Stroke Stock
Displacement 281ci
Crank Stock Cobra
Rods Manley H-beam, forged
Pistons CP custom, forged
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Cams Stock '98 Cobra
Heads '98 Cobra, ported by owner
Intake '96 Cobra, runners shortened, ported by owner
Throttle Body '98 Cobra
Mass Air SCT 90mm
Injectors 42 lb/hr Bosch
Fuel Pump Holley 255-lph in-tank and Walbro 255-lph inline
Headers Stock '98 Cobra
Exhaust UPR X-pipe, Flowmaster after-cat
Transmission Stock T45
Shifter UPR Blue Thunder billet
Clutch '03 Cobra
Flywheel '03 Cobra
Driveshaft FRPP aluminum
Rearend 8.8, 4.10 gears, Auburn Pro diff, Superior 31-spline axles

Engine Management Stock, flash tuned by Superchips Custom Tuning
Ignition Stock
Gauges Auto Meter
K-Member Stock
Control Arms Stock
Springs Eibach Sportline
Struts Stock
Caster/Camber Plates Stock
Brakes Powerslot rotors, stock calipers, EBC pads
Wheels '03 Cobra
Tires 275/40R17 Firestone SZ50
Control Arms UPR adjustable upper/stock lower
Springs Eibach Sportline
Shocks Stock
Brakes Stock
Wheels '03 Cobra
Tires 275/40R17 Firestone SZ50
Chassis Stiffening n/a