Firethorn Red 1976 Trans Am

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
Omaha, NE

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