This original SS396 Chevelle has been the pide and joy of father and son since purchased in Brad's college years. The car had received a full frame-off restoration to original specifications back in the early 90's, including the rare paint--code 78 Black Cherry Metallic.
Although stout for the 1970's, the Rubash boys were always looking for more performance. In 2007, the car's extra power and old school bias tires were no match and, on a wet road in Florida, a curb was struck. This prompted the decision to upgrade suspension, brakes, transmission and engine performance. The rules: save all original parts and do not modify car beyond return.
The Xtreme project included:
- Removing the original 396ci engine and installing a GM performance ZZ454 create engine-450
horsepower / 500flbs of torque.
- Removing 4 speed manual transmission and replacing with Kiesler, Tremec TKO 5-speed manual.
- Removing springs and sway bars and installing Hotchkis TVS-80005 suspension kit with Bilstien
- Replacing AM radio with Baupunkt AM/FM, Mp3, CD DVD, iPod head, two amplifiers-one for
speakers, one for 12" Kicker subwoofer. (Subwoofer is mounted in "false" trunk floor.)
- Replacing original heater with Vintage Air GenIV heat and air conditioning unit.
- Replacing 10" front disc and rear drum brakes with 14" Baer disc on a four corners. (The anti-roll
brake switch makes the smoky burnout easy.)
- Original 15" SS steel wheels and Goodyear bias ply tires removed and replace with Billet 17" x 9 1/2"
SS styled wheels with Michelin Pilot PS2 tires.
- Removing cast iron manifolds and replacing with Hooker Headers 2 1/2" pipes, Flow Master 40
series mufflers and electric header dumps, just in case Brad wants to wake up the neighborhood.
This superfast restoration corners like a sports car, but still retains that 70's classic look. The car was featured in Chevelle Magazine.