Once the car was running again, Jimmy and Jay Harrell helped Tim set up and tune the car. Another friend, Dave Gielow, helped Tim add a Hipster transbrake, a reverse manual valvebody, an Art Carr 5,500-stall converter, and a Performance Automatic C4 upgrade kit. With its new combination, the car came off the trailer to the tune of consistent 6.60s in the eighth-mile and 10.60s in the quarter.
The car was still ugly, however. Because Tim wanted the car to look as good as it ran, he approached John Dempsey of JD's Paint and Body in Mulberry, Florida. Tim and John worked together on a scheme to really make the car stand out. The two-stage paint consists of a Mineral Gray over black with a spider web-type treatment to break up the two colors. "The result turned out better than I ever imagined," Tim says.
Being that Tim is a Lakeland local, the 5.0&SF staff see him and his car all the time. We know firsthand it turns heads and garners a lot of attention, especially when he cranks it up.