While all this was going on, the Rois moved back home to Canada from Florida, and Tim enlisted the aid of brother Mike in assembling and fitting body panels, and all the other little bodywork tidbits that result from compiling a car from a unibody shell. He then hooked up with Mike "Droopy" Papoff at Kustom Painting in London, Ontario, to lay on the Black Orange Pearl over Arctic White paint scheme, separated by airbrushed red and orange stripes. Tim left off the rear wing, added an '00 Cobra R-style cowl hood, and finished off with '03-style Cobra rims.
In all, the project took about two years. Officially written off for dead, the spirit of Tim and Stephanie's '96 Cobra now lives on in this reincarnated '97, with bits of '98 and '03 kindred SVT spirits thrown in for good measure. Through a lot of effort, two wrongs have finally been put right.