Tommy Lee Byrd
October 25, 2010

For the interior, Jay replaced the original seats with a set of Corbeau racing buckets, complete with Impact Racing harnesses. He then added a Grant quick-disconnect steering wheel and a selection of Auto Meter gauges to monitor the supercharged mod motor. All of the other interior components are stock, including the original stereo system.

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Externally, the '04 Cobra body has most of its original features, but Jay decided to add a carbon-fiber hood to give it a little character. He had Jason Duggar at Performance Automotive paint the hood edges to match the original Competition Orange paint, leaving the raw carbon fiber in the center for a nice detail; Jason then clearcoated the hood and buffed it to match the original finish. The car was finished October 31, 2009, which is a nice match to this car's orange and black theme.

Buying the car sight unseen didn't work out well for Jay, but with hard work, the car went from barely running to 9-second e.t.'s. Over a year later, Jay Hawthorne finally has a car that he can call "perfect." Now Jay's biggest concern is having fun behind the wheel, and we'd say that's an easy task with 750 hp available at his right foot.

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