Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
August 27, 2010

Last month we brought you the first part of Tim Matherly's Real Street '10 Mustang GT. We covered how Tim received the car, and how he proceeded to put together the suspension, rollcage, and the beginnings of the electronics. Now it's time to get down to the hard parts behind an already successful racer.

If you've been to an NMRA race this year, you've seen the finished product already, but you'll only see the behind the scenes action right here. Everything we covered last month was in preparation of what we're covering this month. The suspension and cage are needed since Tim is hoping to routinely run deep into the 9s with the car. It must be prepared to run those times and also be NHRA-legal.

Thanks to components from Strange Engineering, Racecraft, Ford Racing, Holeshot Racing Wheels, Mickey Thompson, The Detail Zone, and MSD; and Jim Bremer's rollcage handiwork; it was halfway there when we left you last. It needed fuel, it needed an engine, it needed a transmission, it needed gauges, it needed paint, and it needed to be fully operational.

Here's where we fill in ... the rest of the story.

Painting The Beast
Carnes Customs had the unenviable task of applying the Tim Matherly-trademark scalloped paint scheme. The paint scheme began on Tim's old Pro 5.0 car, and it wouldn't be Tim's car if it didn't have this scheme.

Carnes Customs' Jason and Johnny Carnes and their cousin James Brown worked around the clock and Tim's mechanical schedule to get the car done in time for last December's PRI show. The chassis split time between Tim's and Jason's shops, according to who could work on it at the time. If Tim was able to focus on mechanical aspects of the build, Jason would take the chassis to his shop for paint work. When Jason reached a stopping point with the chassis, it would go back to MV for component installation.

Both were pressed for time every step of the way, and had to make best use of available time for the car to come together for PRI. Jason applied Kona Blue to the rollcage and the rest of the car before laying out the scalloped scheme. In the top right photo, you can clearly see Jason is using my favorite drink, Mountain Dew, in an attempt to keep it going.

Once they finished the car, there wasn't much time to apply the sponsor stickers. As we've mentioned before, paint fumes about knocked us down when we opened the car's trunk at the PRI show. The body was pretty much bare on the PRI main hall, but come race season, Jason went over to MV Performance to help apply the larger sponsor stickers, since applying stickers is not one of Tim's strong suits.

As you can see, all the stickers are in place, and after witnessing a few of the sticker installs at MV, we hope none of them have to be removed. Tim especially doesn't want to remove the number "1" from the windshield.

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