Brad Wheeler


Location: Sioux City, IA.
Joined: Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Last Update: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Last Seen: Saturday, December 21, 2019


1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24

About This Vehicle:

The car came with ZERO options. No cruise, rear defrost, pw or pl, no remote keyless entry, no cd player or cassette-basically nothing. Bottom of the barrel base, but whats really weird? Its not a base at at all, in fact a true Z-24, it was ordered for a rental car business without any options. it's a pretty unseen car. searches turned up 1 of only 2 exactly like it.................. The car has been sitting for quite a few years now awaiting new life. The plan is to collect every part I need to put it back together the way I want and taking my time doing so........ The main course of action for this car is N/A all the way. I'd like to see 13's with stage one and 12's with stage two. Goal weight with driver is 2400 pounds. I am going to be setting it up for more than just drag racing - I'd like to try my hand at auto cross and road racing with it one day as well. Above all else it needs to remain streetable.

Body Style: Coupe
Color: Black
Engine: 2.4L DOHC
Transmission: Manual
Interior: Graphite with red Z24 speckle
Purchase Date: 12-06-02
Purchased From: Certified Used Cars
Build Date: 9-17-1996

Manufacturer Options

  • Standard Z24 package (16X6" aluminum wheels - ground effects - 2.4L twin cam engine - etc.) manual trunk release pull cable inside cabin
  • tilt steering wheel

Quarter Mile Timeslips:
 11:11 PM - 24/Apr/03 - Nebraska Motorplex (15.925@85.31)
 11:07 PM - 08/May/03 - Nebraska Motorplex (15.824@86.59)
 08:36 PM - 24/Oct/03 - Nebraska Motorplex (15.437@88.50)
 10:17 PM - 24/Oct/03 - Nebraska Motorplex (15.400@88.54)


  • Engine bay shaved and filled by me
  • Stage 1:
  • "Stockish" :) Rebuilt 1994 HO (LG0)2.3 Quad 4 (GM Reman Motor Originally)
  • Entire rotating assembly balanced to +/- 1 gram
  • Crank knife edged and coated with oil shed - ground .25mm under on rods / .50mm under on mains
  • Clevite 77 P series main bearings (.50mm) (MS1703P)
  • Clevite 77 P series rod bearings (.25mm) (CB1388P)
  • GM .020 (.50mm) over-sized pistons (TBC on crowns - moly coated on skirts)
  • Hastings moly file fit rings
  • ARP main studs
  • ARP head studs
  • 086 Head decked .050 with 3 angle valve job-chambers blended and radiused (TBC on valves - combustion chambers and exhaust ports)
  • Extrude honed intake manifold (fully polished by Stiegemeyer with a bored 62mm TB opening)
  • SMG bored 60mm 2.3 throttle body (at the butterfly)
  • 95 Z24 2.3 quad 4 throttle cable and throttle cable bracket
  • Siebenick Racing 304 stainless steel equal length 4-1 long tube header with Burns merge collector - (1 3/4 primaries and 1 7/8 secondaries)-(ceramic coated inside and out)
  • Custom solid billet aluminum Izuzu/NVG-T550 trans mounts
  • LZM solid billet aluminum lower engine mount
  • LZM billet aluminum upper engine mount with solid bushings
  • Unorthodox aluminum underdriven crank pulley
  • AEM overdriven alternator pulley (blue)
  • Griffin aluminum radiator
  • OBX-R black silicone coolant hoses
  • Isuzu trans with Geo Storm 4:11 FDR and LN2 3rd and 4th gear sets
  • Phantom Grip LSD
  • B&M short throw shifter installed in a welded up and boxed in shifter cage
  • Aasco aluminum flywheel
  • Centerforce dual friction clutch (upgraded disc with pucks on both sides)
  • Stage 2:
  • 2.6L Stroker!
  • GM OLDS Rocket Parts "Race Prepped" 2.3 Quad 4 block bored .060 over
  • Diamond .060 over domed forged pistons w/ valve pockets
  • Total Seal gapless rings
  • Jet (GM OLDS Rocket Parts) 2.3 Quad 4 titanium connecting rods machined to fit a 2.4 crank
  • Ray Nissen Machine lightened crankshaft - mains turned down to fit in 2.3 quad 4 block - knife edged and balanced - cryotreated and oil shed coated
  • ARP main studs
  • ARP head studs
  • Jim Feuling 955 ported head
  • Engle .470 lift - .268 duration cams
  • Mantapart dual valve springs (cryotreated and oil shed coated)
  • Mantapart titanium retainers
  • stainless steel swirl polished valves (SEV-2025 intake and SEV-2026 exhaust)
  • bronze valve guides
  • 2.4 Twin Cam intake camshaft tower bored to fit 35mm lifters (powdercoated 'blasted aluminum')
  • Sealed Power "light weight" lifters
  • Mantapart 7.1lb STEEL flywheel
  • Bully Stage 4 clutch
  • Centerline Storm 17X7 forged polished aluminum rims (15lbs each) (for the street)
  • BF Goodrich G-Force KDW tires (225/45/ZR17)
  • Tein Super Street adjustable coilover springs with adjustable struts
  • Tein EDFC (electronic dampening force control)
  • Addco 1" rear sway bar (old style-gold in color)
  • Addco 1" front sway bar
  • Non-ABS master cylinder off a 1989 Olds Calais
  • N-body aluminum knuckles with custom adapters to retain j-body 5X100 wheel bearings
  • N-body front brake setup with aluminum calipers
  • slotted and cross drilled brake rotors
  • Stop-Tech ceramic brake pads
  • 1999 N-body aluminum control arms (un-modded)
  • Prothane control arm bushings
  • TTR subframe "K" brace (red)
  • DC Sports "DC-1" carbon steel front strut tower brace
  • Custom strut tower to upper radiator support braces
  • Removable STOCK upper radiator support brace
  • O.E.M. aluminum rear strut tower 'K' brace
  • O.E.M. aluminum inner fender braces
  • Phil Lyndsay Fabrications aluminum lower radiator support brace (lightweight version) with heim jointed rods connecting to the subframe
  • Phil Lyndsay Fabrications heim jointed tie rods at N-body length
  • Tenzo R "Version 5" aluminum with black leather steering wheel
  • Momo steering hub adapter (6 bolt)
  • Kirkey aluminum front bucket seats
  • Custom made billet aluminum "T" handle shift knob
  • 00-05 style carpet without rubber backing
  • VIS oem style full carbon fiber hood
  • JSP carbon fiber trunk lid
  • Carbon Creations carbon fiber fenders (cleared with black mixed in so you can only see the carbon up close) shaved Emblems
  • GTS taillight covers
  • AVS headlight covers
  • "Smoke" license plate 'protector-cover'
  • GM 95-99 Z-24 front license plate delete panel
  • JVC KD-SX950 cd player
  • Pioneer 6.5" 2-way's
  • Kenwood 4-way 6X9's
  • "Z YAAAA" Personalized License Plate :)
  • StreetGlow Xenon High and Low beam headlights
  • StreetGlow Xenon Foglights
  • Custom made-by-me aluminum fog light brackets
  • 5% LLumar tint-quarter windows and rear window
  • 35% LLumar tint-driver and passenger windows
  • 9" deep banner 5% tint on front windshield
  • deleted entire windshield wiper system
  • deleted entire air conditioning assembly
  • deleted entire heating system assembly
  • deleted air bag system
  • deleted EGR
  • deleted ABS
  • deleted horn
  • deleted removed rear seat belts and folding section of back seat
  • removed spare tire and jack
  • front bumper support and foam crush gaurd cut in half
  • This whole car is "future" - most of the parts listed have been purchased - some have not
  • "High Output 2.6L Twin Cam" custom made idi cover powdercoated gloss black
  • 3" mandrel bent downpipe
  • 3" magnaflow resonator
  • 3" mandrel bent side exit exhaust with 2002 Roush Mustang polished stainless steel side exit tip