Ray considered abandoning his search until a chance stop in Tallahassee during a Florida vacation connected him with Scott Warmack of Trans Am Depot.
Ray was immediately smitten with the T/A's original condition and made the purchase, but with an unusual proviso-Ray asked Scott
to perform a preservation restoration on the car as if Scott
was doing it for himself.
"I really trusted Scott
to be the expert and do the car right," Ray says.
Decals were applied to the T/A's flanks, and after a brief discussion, Ray and Scott
agreed it would be a mistake to apply S/E pinstriping to the standard-issue Starlight Black T/A.