Brad Wheeler


Location: Sioux City, IA.
Joined: Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Last Update: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Last Seen: Tuesday, April 23, 2019


1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24

About This Vehicle:

Purchased it for $1350 and had a blown engine. It's basically my get in and cruise around and take to car show's car. It is in VERY nice condition for being 9 years old, odometer is still shy of 100,000 miles sitting at 98,000 right now. Sits in my garage and gets worked on just about every night. I pride myself in everything I do to this car and take my time with everything. I really enjoy it and don't think I'll ever sell. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Only a few things about this car stood out to me as blemishes I didn't like when I first got it. One of them was the stock tan or 'pewter' interior it came with. I have since gone through and swapped it with the darker 'graphite' color as well as a few carbon fiber accents here and there. Another was the stock Z24 spoiler, it had to go. I purchased a JSP carbon fiber trunk lid for the car in the winter of 2006/2007 and could not have been happier that the spoiler was finally gone. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -I pride myself in having nice new parts for this car. GM Genuine is by far my favorite parts source to go through. The interior has pretty much all been replaced with new or like-new parts and pieces. My goal is to have the newest car possible, if that means restoring every square inch than so be it. In the summer of 2007 I purchased a number of new GM replacement parts for it as well as installed them myself. They include: -Radiator -AC Condenser -AC Compressor -AC Lines -AC Dryer canister -Every front splash shield/inner fender liner. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During the 2008 season I installed: -new GM 00-05 carpet -new GM floor mats -new GM graphite headliner and sunshade -low mileage graphite seat belts out of a 2004 LS Sport. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For 2009 the car has gotten: -new AC Delco water pump -new GM spare tire well cover -graphite speckled front seats out of a 2004 LS Sport -graphite speckled 70/30 split rear seat out of a 2004 LS Sport -new GM 03-05 rear splash shields/fender liners -new GM driver side door sill threshold plastic molding (with a-pillar tab)
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Body Style: Coupe
Color: GM Bright White
Engine: 2.4L Twin Cam (LD9)
Transmission: Automatic
Interior: Graphite Swapped (came stock as tan)
Purchase Date: May 2005
Purchased From: Dusty Roseman from JBOI
Build Date: 04-09-1998

Manufacturer Options

  • It came with every available option for a 98 Z-24
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Power locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Illuminated rear view mirror
  • AM/FM Cd player
  • Power sunroof
  • 4T40E automatic transmission
  • Tachometer
  • Rear window defrost
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • ABS
  • Tan interior
  • Standard Z-24 package (rear spoiler-ground effects-fog lights-16" aluminum 5-spoke wheels-2.4L twin cam engine)


  • 2000 LD9 block bored .020 over with Ray Nissen Machine 2.3 oil pump swap and decked .005 - painted "Storm Grey"
  • Ray Nissen Machine steel main cap stiffening braces with custom ARP main studs
  • Standard GM crankshaft gutted by Ray Nissen Machine - knife edged - balanced - and chamferred - cryotreated and oil-shed coated
  • Cloyes (2557) 2.3 oil pump drive gear pressed on crankshaft
  • Wiseco .020 over dished forged aluminum pistons with Total Seal gapless rings (balanced to within one gram of each other) - crowns coated with thermal barrier coating - skirts coated with anti-friction coating
  • Eagle forged H-beam connecting rods (balanced)
  • Clevite 77 main bearings (standard) (coated by Swain Tech)
  • Clevite 77 rod bearings (standard) (coated by Swain Tech)
  • Melling 2.3 Quad 4 oil pump
  • Ray Nissen Machine aluminum "new-style" oil pump pick up relocation block
  • Melling oil pump pick up (part # M182S)
  • GM (VPI) quad 4 windage tray modified with more holes for better oil drainback
  • Nitrous Express 35-150hp universal EFI adjustable WET kit (10lb bottle)
  • VCM tuned by "Shifted Tuning" using HP Tuners as well as tweaked by me with HPT
  • McMoney billet aluminum adjustable cam gears (+/- 10 degrees)
  • McMoney Billet aluminum timing chain housing cover with removable window
  • Pat Clevenger mildy ported/polished 96-98 cylinder head (decked .005) - combustion chambers and exhaust ports thermal barrier coated - exterior 'blasted aluminum' powdercoated - 3 angle valve job
  • SI Valves manganese-bronze valve guides (part number VG 9474/00)
  • Fel-Pro valve seals
  • SI valves stainless steel swirl polished valves - thermal barrier coated faces
  • Miller Performance modified 90-94 HO (LGO) (Sealed Power) intake camshaft
  • Sealed Power 90-94 LO (LD2) 2.3 exhaust camshaft
  • Sealed Power "light weight" 2.3 Quad 4 35mm lifters
  • 90-94 2.3 Quad 4 exhaust cam tower
  • Jim Bilsland Machine modified 2.4 intake cam tower for use with 35mm lifters (also clearenced for cam lobes)
  • Venom intake manifold (polished)with a custom JM Decals 3 layer Venom vynal decal
  • O.E.M. 1/4" thick phenolic material intake manifold spacer with O.E.M. gasket
  • SMG 58mm TB (at the butterfly)(painted black)
  • AEM short ram intake (powdercoated gloss black)
  • K&N cone air filter (replaced AEM filter)
  • RK Sport polished billet aluminum fuel rail
  • RC Engineering 270CC fuel injectors
  • RK Sport spark plug boot insulators and springs
  • NGK TR6 spark plugs (part # 4177)
  • RSM Racing billet aluminum stock size crank pulley
  • -MD- LD9 stock sized aluminum alternator pulley
  • Torco Re-manufacturing 180amp upgraded alternator (case powdercoated gloss black)
  • GM EGR block-off plate
  • '00+ plastic wheel belt tensionor
  • '00+ starter
  • Turbo Tech Racing Upper Engine Mount (black with blue bushing)
  • Turbo Tech Racing billet aluminum lower engine mount (polished with black bushings)
  • Turbo Tech Racing solid 4T40E transmission mount (black with black bushing)
  • DC Sports 4-2-1 ceramic coated header
  • 2.5" mandrel bent downpipe
  • 2.5" High flow cat
  • 2.25" mandrel bent cat-back w/ Magnaflow muffler
  • OBX-R black sillicone radiator and coolant hoses
  • Optima Red Top battery (top painted black
  • Custom hand crafted aluminum optima battery cover (painted chrome with automotive grade base coat/clear coat)
  • RK Sport polished IDI cover
  • Polished AC canister and lines
  • Chrome dipstick-hood prop-hood catch latch-throttle cable bracket-hood hinges-lower subframe brace-upper radiator support brace-throttle cable clip-cam position sensor bracket
  • APC Chrome oil cap (for a honda - screws right on)
  • MRZ Performance "Z-24" engraved strut tower caps (polished)
  • MRZ Performance billet aluminum map sensor cover
  • MRZ Performance billet aluminum power steering fluid cap - with OEM specific engraving option
  • MRZ Performance billet aluminum coolant fluid cap - with OEM specific engraving option
  • MRZ Performance billet aluminum brake fluid cap - with OEM specific engraving option
  • RK Sport Carbon Fiber Radiator Support Cover (rare smooth and rounded one)
  • RK Sport Carbon Fiber fuse box cover
  • RK Sport Carbon Fiber coolant reservoir cover
  • RK Sport Carbon Fiber brake fluid reservoir cover
  • GM Performance Division badge (placed on radiator cover)
  • ***Hella Turbo Motor for later***
  • 2000 2.4L Block bored .020 over
  • Eagle H-Beam connecting rods (with the larger ARP bolts)
  • Diamond dished forged pistons with valve reliefs - .020
  • Hugely ported and polished 2000 2.4L head by Pat Cleavenger (AKA the "Big Boy")
  • 1mm oversized stainless steel swirl polished valves
  • bronze valve guides
  • Cometic .074 thickness MLS head gasket
  • GM 2.3 quad 4 oil pump conversion parts
  • Yank 2800-3000 stall torque converter
  • Team Green LSD insert for the 4T40E
  • FDP billet aluminum 65mm throttle body
  • Magnaflow 59959 3" stainless steel high flow catalytic converter (polished)
  • **Turbo Parts**
  • Full custom Lingenfelter Performance Engineering intercooled turbocharger kit with Garrett T-694 oil and coolant cooled turbocharger - stainless steel log-style turbo manifold - aluminum charge piping and a 2.5" stainless steel down-pipe
  • Exploited SS externally gated log-style turbo manifold
  • 17X7" Velox PG5S forged aluminum rims (12.5lbs each) powdercoated gloss black - center caps painted gloss black
  • Dunlop Direzza Z1 Sport 225/45/17 tires
  • McGard spline drive black chrome (12mm X 1.5) lug nuts
  • Koni Yellow adjustable struts
  • Eibach Sportline lowering springs
  • Monroe front strut mounts and spring bearing plates
  • Monroe rear strut mounts
  • RK Sport sub-frame brace (black)
  • Megan Racing adjustable aluminum front strut tower brace-polished
  • RK Sport adjustable aluminum rear strut tower brace (utlizes all 6 mounting points on strut towers)-polished
  • Addco rear sway bar (powdercoated gloss black)
  • O.E.M. rear tie bar (powdercoated chrome)
  • Addco 1" front sway bar-gold
  • Rk Sport/Prothane polyurethane lower control arm bushing kit
  • 1999 Grand Am aluminum lower control arms (shortened)
  • Dodge Neon rear disk brake conversion kit (Joshua Dearman's)
  • Baer Decelarotor slotted and cross-drilled rear brake rotors
  • Hawk HPS rear brake pads
  • Steel braided brake lines-front and rear
  • LZM polyurethane rear trailing arm (axle) bushings
  • Complete tan to graphite color swap
  • New GM Genuine graphite headliner
  • New GM Genuine graphite sunroof sunshade
  • New GM Genuine 00-05 graphite carpet
  • Toyota Cavalier leather wrapped steering wheel
  • stock style looking white face cluster gauge overlays
  • White faced "Z-24" dimmer/fog light switch overlay
  • White faced hvac overlay
  • Cluster bezel painted dark grey with automotive grade base-coat clear-coat paint
  • 03-05 ls sport leather wrapped t-handle shift knob
  • 95-99 5spd shifter bezel
  • Graphite speckled LS Sport front seats with powdercoated gray brackets
  • Graphite speckled 03-05 LS sport 60/40 split rear seat
  • Graphite Speckled 03-05 LS Sport door panels
  • RK Sport carbon fiber door sills
  • Polished stainless steel "Z24" engraved door sill accent pieces
  • Base model rear deck "shelf" with 3rd brake light section and 3rd brake light
  • Otiz Customs 3 pod a pillar (all molded in)
  • Ortiz Customs dash bezel with two pods in the cluster area
  • Innovate XD-16 standalone wideband gauge kit (with LC-1)
  • Autometer "Cobalt" series electric oil pressure gauge (full sweep)
  • Autometer "Cobalt" series nitrous pressure gauge (full sweep)
  • Toyota Cavalier inner trunk lid carpet liner
  • Blue Cav Customs carbon fiber and billet aluminum dash pad accents around Sirius satelite radio tuner
  • Blue Cav Customs carbon fiber fuse box door
  • Actual GM "Technic" concept car hand laid fiberglass front lip
  • VIS oem style carbon fiber hood
  • RK Sport 3-Piece spoiler (not the brickyard)
  • Ebay crystal clear non-projector stock style headlights
  • APC diamond crystal clear corners
  • APC diamond crystal clear bumper lenses
  • VHT Nightshaded 95-99 tail lights (clear coated)
  • Shaved side moldings
  • Shaved emblems
  • Short (stock style) metal (stock diameter) antenna
  • ***Have but not installed yet***
  • 2002 Z-24/Ls Sport rear bumper
  • RK Sport 00-02 urathane rear lip
  • 03-05 LS Sport side skirts
  • Sunfire sedan outer tail lights (VHT Nightshaded)
  • 2000-2002 Cavalier inner tail lights (VHT Nightshaded)
  • RK Sport carbon fiber tail light trunk bezel
  • Kenwood Excelon KDC-X990 MP3/cd player
  • Kenwood KFC-P708 components 6.5" (mids)and 1" UFLC soft dome tweeters flush mounted on door panels
  • Medium density fiberboard (MDF) 6.5" to 4X6 door speaker adapter bezels sprayed with rubberized undercoating
  • Pioneer 4-way 6X9 rear speakers
  • 0/1 guage power cable w/ Stinger distribution block (3 4awg outputs)
  • Rockford Fosgate Riot Gamma signal wiring
  • MTX 6500D amplifier (sub)
  • MTX 8302 amplifier (highs)
  • Rockford Fosgate 12" Punch HE2 subwoofer
  • Custom sealed angle face sub box (made by me)
  • "Big 3" Wiring upgrade-dedicated 2awg alternator to battery power wire - 4awg battery to body ground wire - 4awg alternator case to chassis ground wire
  • Stinger digital volt meter read-out battery terminal (2 0/1 awg outputs)
  • Paint matched door handles and key locks
  • Tint Masters 5% tinted windows (all 5 and sunroof)
  • 12" deep 5% tinted windshield banner
  • Re-located cruise control module to cowl area and using the GMPP supercharger kit's longer cable for use with the n-body (pn-88961329)
  • Velox Performance carbon fiber PG5S wheel center cap decals
  • GM 95-99 Z-24 front license plate filler panel
  • tinted rear license plate cover
  • Street Glow Xenon low beam headlight bulbs
  • Street Glow Xenon high beam headlight bulbs
  • APC blue lower bumper lens bulbs
  • Dynamated front door speaker areas and entire insides of doors-rear deck-trunk lid and dash frame/dash mounts
  • GM Genuine 03-05 plastic rear inner fender well liners
  • Powdercoat rear axel and front subframe
  • Autometer Cobalt battery (volt) gauge
  • Eventually Re paint entire car (pretty much be the very last thing i do because i am going to take it down to nothing but a shell)