Tommy Lee Byrd
April 3, 2012

Jason operates a Dynamic Racing C4 transmission with a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, but he has plans to change to a two-speed and a different torque converter. At the track, the car has run a best of 6.004 in the eighth-mile at 118 mph, tuned at 15 pounds of peak boost. Plans are to keep turning it up slowly and see how quick it runs in all-out mode, which should be around 28 pounds of boost. The goal is to dip into the 5-second zone, which shouldn't be difficult considering the soft launches, which resulted in 60-foot times in the 1.50 range.

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As for aesthetics, the '97 Cobra is as clean as they come, with minimal body modifications aside from the Skinny Kid Race Cars sheetmetal wing. Excluding the hood, the body is all stock with no fiberglass panels, so it's not surprising to hear that this car tips the scales at 3,400 pounds, especially when you consider the full interior. Jason did replace the original seats with Kirkey racing buckets to reduce weight, and he added a set of RCI five-point harnesses to keep him secure behind the wheel. He also installed a variety of Auto Meter gauges and mounted the MSD DIS-4 box and FAST box inside, away from heat and moisture. The tan interior is complete with a rear seat, original carpeting, and a full dash, so this certainly isn't a gutted-out racecar. Jason built it for fun, whether going to the track or hitting the highway.

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Although Jason has yet to run the Cobra through the quarter-mile, his current times would safely position him in the low 10-second range, but 9s are a possibility with tuning and boost. Happy to at least have it off the jack stands and at the track, Jason isn't going to rush the learning curve in terms of tuning and driving the car.

Jason notes the buildup wouldn't have been possible without Shane Brown, the entire crew at Proline Racing Engines, and his family for putting up with the late nights in the shop. It's a beautiful car and has a lot left in it, so the four-year buildup was certainly worth the effort.

It's clean and powerful, and now that it's out of the shop, Jason can slowly unleash its full potential.