Owner: Tim Sullivan
Occupation: CPA
Location: Laguna Hills, California
Model: Superformance Mk-III S/C
Car_Number: 2820
Odometer_Miles: 375
Year_Car_Built: 2009
Car_Receive_Date: 11/10/2009
Purch_From: Dennis Olthoff
Car_Purpose: Weekend Cruising

Color: Dark Silver, white stripes
Engine_Builder: Tim Sullivan
Engine: 351 windsor style block
Actual_Cubic_Inches: 408"
HP_and_Torq: 475 (est)
Cyl_Block: 351W roller cam
Cyl_Heads: Edelbrock RPM Alum
Induction: Edelbrock Air Gap
Compression_Ratio: 10:1
Longest_Trip_Driven: 10 miles

Transmission: TKO 600 .82 OD 5 speed
Rear_End_Ratio: 3.46
Rims: Factory 15"
Tires: Cooper 295/50R15 & 255/60R15
Suspension: Bilstein coil over
Sway_Bars: Factory
Date_Submitted: 7/17/10
SPF_Owner_Since: November 2010

I've been nuts about cars since I was  knee high to a grasshopper  and have many fond memories of growing up with cars. My two older brothers got me started on it with the various old Chevy s they bought and sold. Growing up in the Detroit area and working in a gas station located on Woodward Avenue during High School in 1970 nurtured a love for muscle cars that never left me. Moving out to Southern California in the early 1980 s and experiencing a wide variety of sports cars and muscle cars many of which I rebuilt, repaired or restored left me always bouncing back and forth between modern day (and old school) muscle cars and sports cars. I think I've owned at least 85 different cars over the years. Ranging from a wide variety of Porsches, several Corvettes (including a 1967 427 that I did a ground up restoration on, in my garage), Nova s, a Chevelle Super Sports, MG s and a BMW M3 among others. I purchased a used ERA Cobra (CCX 3-3408) that needed a little TLC and that seemed to make all the difference. At last I found both a muscle car and a sports car and what a great combination it was!  I have always enjoyed wrenching on cars as a hobby and this lead to my recent purchase of SPO 2820 from Denis Olthoff out East. Lance Standler s Irvine, California office is only about 5 miles from my home but Dennis made me an offer on a brand new roller, dark silver with white stripes that had been in a failed dealer s inventory for about a year that I just simply could not walk away from. This lead to me buying all the individual parts I needed to build and assemble a complete drivetrain. I started with a late model roller cam 351W short block (that included an Eagle forged crank and rods with Probe forged aluminum pistons) that was bored and stroked to 408 .  I used a custom cam from Mike Forte, Edelbrock RPM aluminum heads, Air Gap intake, Holley 750 carb, Milodon 8 quart pan and windage tray, MSD distributor (but with the factory Superformance DuraSpark ignition module), QuickTime Bellhousing, alum flywheel, Ram clutch and a TKO 600 .82 OD 5 speed trans among many other parts. I did the complete engine build and drivetrain install in my garage with a  cherry picker  hoist. After doing a bit of post build refinement I m extremely pleased with the results. The car is truly a dream to drive and experience. This car I just might end up holding on to for awhile. All of the cars I owned in the past have seemed to be somewhat brief and torrid love affairs. I know sooner was finished building or restoring the car and I would sell it. I simply got bored with the finished result. But not this one. No, this one I think I m keeping for the long term. My 21 year old son has already told me that this one is  gonna stay in the family. My wife of 29 years has always been very tolerant of my (car) love affairs because she knows I ve always stayed true to her. I have had to climb a few mountains and overcome a couple of tragedies in my life but the bottom line is I ve had many, many blessings in my life and much to be thankful for. From successfully raising two great kids, getting them both through college to the point where I can comfortably retire here in the next few years-- or earlier if I feel like it. Life can be good if you always work hard and the stars stay in alignment. Thank you Jesus, thank you very much. I look forward to meeting more of my SCOF neighbors as time goes on. Here s hoping that RT considers doing an event out here in SoCal soon.