The SEMA crunch was in full swing, and everybody was feeling the pinch. Indy Body Werks and Eric Ward shoehorned a huge amount of work into a small window to get the candy, clear, and graphics sprayed and literally everything else done in time for the November deadline. Jonn designed and constructed the speaker enclosure box, which houses twelve Kicker subs, three sets of components, and four amps. The one-piece box was built to be removable for ease of wiring and painting. Jonn and Rob picked up the body of the truck from Indy Body Werks with 10 days to go before it was to be stuffed in a trailer and shipped to Vegas. The Edelbrock parts showed up and Bobby bolted them on and topped off the Chevy engine with a one-off Mr. Performance bird catcher. Jonn and Rob had the 383 broken in and dyno’d at Freedom Racing Engines in Brownsburg, Indiana. Dropping the powerplant into the freshly painted engine compartment was no easy task. The whole ordeal took three hours and brought two grown men to tears. With all the details quickly coming together and the clock ticking at what seemed like a faster-than-normal pace, the crew knocked off the rest of the items on the list and bolted on the largest set of Konig Lace wheels and Hankook rubber that would fit.
The final push took tons of help from Jonn’s entire contact list. Rob took a week off from work and his family to help reach the SEMA deadline. They all called in favors and pulled a string of late nights to get everything wrapped up. Jonn still isn’t quite sure how the crew did what they did in only 10 days. During the last month or two of the build, Jonn’s father, Mike Farr, was spending more time in the hospital, so Jonn had to take unavoidable time away from the build. After the Rum Runner returned from its well-received debut at SEMA, Mike did see the completed project but never had the opportunity to take a spin in it as he passed away in December. Mike instilled in Jonn an interest in cars when he was only a little guy, and he now owes everything he has in the world to his father.
Dropping the powerplant into the freshly painted engine compartment was no easy task. The whole ordeal took three hours and brought two grown men to tears.
18x8 Konig Lace (front) / 20x8.5 Konig Lace (rear)
215/35/18 Hankook Ventus V4ES (front) / V4ES 245/35/20 Hankook Ventus (rear)
Suspension (front): Mustang II
Suspension (rear): Wishbone with Ford 9-inch rearend
Control Arms: Toyota lower and tubular upper
Compressor(s): Two Air Lift chrome 480s
Air Accessories: Two Air Lift five-gallon tanks, Air Lift Auto Pilot with Air Lift Gen IV Dominator D2500 ’bags in the front and D2600 in the rear
Frame Mods: Full 2x3 box frame, candy powdercoated frame with righthand-drive steering rack and super notch
Brakes: Powdercoated Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners powered by Corvette master cylinder under dashboard
Misc.: Braided carbon-fiber look
Performed By: Owner, Derrick Leaf, and Dave Elza