Nineteen Seventy Six
Welcome to sunny Miami. Coming from a place where most seem to think stickers and a wing boost power output by nearly 100%, it’s no surprise to see some cars that look like crap… Lots of NOS and Sparco decals, neon lights, and a driving posture that would put Dom to shame. This doesn’t include every car. Some owners know what they’re doing, know what they want, and go all in and make it there own. Nick named “The Frog” and built in the wake of hurricane Andrew, this 1976 Corvette makes 20 years in it’s current form. All parts except for the new tires, shocks, carburetor, brakes, and calipers are period correct for when it was built. Kinda like a four wheeled time capsule.
Being as static as can be is never an easy task. We’ve all hit the holes and indentations in the road ”normal” cars would never feel. This is one of the reasons why it isn’t any lower. One thing about Corvettes, they may be lite, but fast rotating rubber + beautiful fiberglass panels = disintegration. The fact that it has been low for longer than any of us really knew what low was is pretty awesome. The day it was complete it sat, at its lowest point, two inches off the floor. And to this day remains at that very height.
If you are a Corvette nerd like I am, then here is the interesting part of the story. In 1976 GM didn’t make a convertible Corvette and chrome bumpers were gone since 1973. So logically the only thing to do was to remove and replace the rear end with one from a ’73, half the front with a ’72, and a complete ’80 interior, possibly creating the best custom anything I have ever seen.
Big projects are no surprise to the owner. Owning and operating Miami-vettes, and specializing in Corvettes (including other muscle cars) for the past 30 years, he has completed builds far greater than this. Everything from full off body restorations, Camaros, a sick flat black EL Camino with Corvette power train and suspension (this was proven), and the list goes on.
Power estimates are at around 450 horsepower to the wheels. But get this, the owner doesn’t care. The car has never seen a dyno. He’s happy with just peoples endless stares and “nice car” comments, and of course being heard from four blocks away. (This was also proven)
The parts list is extensive but here’s a short list to put things into perspective.
- 350 complete roller motor
- B&M 177 blower
- Holley 750 double pumper
- Four speed transmission
- 4:11 gear ratio rear end
- Complete ’80 Corvette interior
- ’92 Corvette seats
- Cyberdyne digital gauges
- 2 15 inch Electrovoice speakers
- Sanyo amplifier
- Centerline wheels
- Hankook Ventus tires
- Fiberglass leaf springs
- Extended bolts