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As another aside, that coupe looks a lot like Tom Marantz's JPS Suby-Coupe, which I was fortunate enough to ride around in at Carlisle for three days a couple of years back.  IIRC, Tom has a Non-turbo EFI Suby 2.5 with the Suby 5-speed and the Aussie flipped ring and pinion.  It is very, very quick and although I spent all my time in the passenger seat (I don't ask a lot of other people to let me drive their cars) I did notice that the torque curve came on seemingly right off idle and was strong up past 5 Grand (we got on it a couple of times getting onto the interstates - WOW!).  Very impressive.

Also impressive was the level of workmanship.  WAY better than Tom DeWalt's early coupe (which was, by all accounts, pretty much a disaster) with a high level of fit and finish inside and out.  Tom said he had a few minor things to sort out after delivery, but they were Meh.  My single complaint was that it was pretty loud (like needing earplugs loud) but that's what the owner asked for and he was happy with it.  That's also easy to change over time, so no big deal.

Tom's build was in the middle of Steele's last(?) health crisis (Heart Attack) so that delayed everything for a while, but Tom, being a Cardiologist, understood what was happening and gave him the slack he needed to recover.  I suspect that it has been difficult for him coming out on this side of the heart issues which might explain some of the changes we've heard of, but I simply don't know.  I'm just happy that he is fulfilling his contracts to deliver some coupes to happy new owners.  Hell, I ended up in hospital with stress burn-out for a while once, so who am I to comment?  I just admire that he's back building cars.

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