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Eyeballing others' work is a prime reason to wander car shows, of course, and Knott's is great scouting territory due to the variety. Dave Palmer's '03 Cobra 'vert is a good example of what a regular guy could do on a moderate show-car budget. Starting with a low 4,500-mile car, Dave's cleaned the underhood to sparkling and dressed it with billet covers. Then he detail-painted the blower logos, adding the snake on the polished belt guard, and sticking to red as his second color. A few performance mods-a 2.93-inch blower pulley, Accufab throttle body, JBA headers, Magnaflow exhaust and FRPP 4:10 gears-round out what Dave's son describes as "...my dad's Sunday driver."