This 1976 Trans Am started life as a Sterling Silver 455 4 speed car.
The original 455 war replaced with a rebuilt 1970 YC code 455. The
motor was bored .030 and the crank turned .010. The block was decked
.010 and fitted with TRW forged pistons. The original casting #15 heads
were replaced with a set of massaged 4X's. The heads were ported and
milled, fitted with 2.11/1.77 Ferrea stainless steel valves and the
seats were fully blended into the bowls. The 1976 intake was replaced
with a 1973 cast 4bbl and the stock 1976 Q-jet was reworked internally
while a recurved HEI ignites the mixture. The stock exhaust manifolds
were replaced with a pair of high flow Ram Air Restorations D-port
manifolds that have been opened up to 2 1/2". A Nunzi 068 profile cam
with 288/302 duartion and .450/.470 lift was installed. The exhaust is
converterless 2 1/2" aluminzed duals a with turbo stlye 3 chamber
Flowmasters. A Ram kevar clutch transfers the power to a rebuilt
Borw-Warner Super T-10 4 speed transmission while the original 3.23 posi
differential spins the P245/60R15 BFG Radial T/A's.
The once faded silver body has been repainted in Dupont basecoat/clearcoat Firethorn Red. The interior has a set reproduction seat covers and a new carpet. A 160mph speedometer has replaced the original. Some options the car includes are A/C, AM/FM stereo, 8-track tape player, front and rear consoles, custom trim group, and rear window defroster.
The car was restored to be a driver, so polyurethane replaced rubber on the body mounts, front and rear stabilizers, shocks and rear springs. The original stereo was rebuilt and a set of Pioneer 6x9" in rear and dual Kenwood 3 1/2"'s in the front. All original appearance was retained. It does make an occasional show, but it's a 78,000 mile car that gets driven and sometimes hard. But, thats whats it was built for and thats why I love it. One person I owe much of the mechanical completion of this car is master mechanic Jeff Broveak. Without his knowledge and expertise, my car would never be what it is today.
Owner: Rocky Rotella