The first thing David did when he got his Challenger home was take the 383 to Auto Specialty in Lafayette and have it taken completely apart. The block was bored .030 over and the holes filled with forged TRW pistons. A Mopar Performance Purple Shaft camshaft was added, along with a Holley Street Avenger 770 carb. The stock 906 heads were treated to MP valves and a good clean-up. A March Performance billet pulley set, a polished Edelbrock Performer intake, an MSD billet distributor, a Mopar Performance 6AL box, and Cool Flex hoses hooked to a Be Cool radiator were also added. The tranny was handed to Guaranteed Transmissions, also in Lafayette, where it was freshened up, and a TCI torque converter and B&M Shift Improver Kit were added.

Troy Anderson of Anderson's Automotive Restorations spent 11 months restoring the Challenger body from the ground up, and a few modifications were added at the time of restoration. Personal touches like a set of front-disc brakes from Master Power Brakes, stainless steel brake and fuel lines, G-max sway bars, and a 3-inch custom exhaust system by Greg Budreau of Auto Specialty in Lafayette finished the job. The car was painted blue-black, using Spies Hecker base/clear paint, and the underbody was painted a semigloss black. A set of Stockton T.Q. wheels was added, wrapped in BFG Radial T/As. Also, in 2001, Jim's Custom Trim restored the interior with new seat covers and foam from Legendary Auto Interiors, and the headliner was replaced with one from Year One. For tunes, a Custom Auto Sound AM/FM radio with a six-CD changer is used. Performance Car Graphics in Florida treated the stock gauges to a white-face conversion, and the dashpad was sent to Just Dashes and redone.

Sure, it may have taken David 20 years to reintroduce himself to a Mopar of his own, but hey, that's the luck of the draw.