1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - N.J. Devil

After three years and a myriad of bolt-ons, Chad Lucas achieves tens from his high-mile ’99 z28 without breaking the bank or selling his soul

Andrew Nussbaum Jul 1, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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Adding to his red devil’s visual appeal, Chad applied classic old school, ’69-style Z/28 badges, and the more aggressive 4th-Gen SS rear spoiler. Helping to bring all this bolt-on power to a halt are Russell braided steel lines(front and rear) and Motive drilled/slotted rotors with Kinetic pads at all four corners.

Chad’s Z28 goes from Jekyll to Hyde, wearing track-duty Weld Draglite 15x4” front and 15x10” rear wheels wrapped in Hoosier rubber or 17x9.5” and 17x11” polished C4 ZR-1 style rims shod in Sumitomo HTR tires for car shows and street burning fun. Interior enhancements include extra gauges mounted on the A-pillar and in the ashtray; monitoring nitrous pressure, trans temps, and a NGK-AFX wideband for air/fuel ratio. Chad admits being quite proud with the results of his efforts. He wanted to build a fast street/strip car with minimal dollar investment utilizing bolt-on parts, and that’s exactly what he did.

1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interior 2/6
1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Shifter 3/6

Chad says he loves his Camaro’s reliability and dominating performance, that can match or beat, cars with far more money invested. “It instantly commands respect from most. I really enjoy running at the track on Friday night, then slapping on the Vette rims for a car show on Saturday morning.” When not testing new parts, he’s racing for fun, usually in grudge-match events against arrogant Mustang owners or over-confident imports. Chad say’s “there’s definitely more room for improvement and tweaking, I’m confident we can get more out of it on spray.” That being said, Chad has since installed a new 90mm Nitrous Outlet 125-shot wet kit, and entertains the idea of actually touching the engine, possibly with an LS6 “heads and cam” setup.

Chad extends thanks to his wife Jessica, brother Justin, and buddy Chris for their love and support, Ron Paton for his unending guidance, and the tuning talents of everyone at Fusion Fab Racecars and Custom Welding for their professional assistance.

So if you’re ever in south Jersey and happen to hear the local car folk spewing tales of a bright red ‘99 Z28, bought for $6k, running tens with bolt-ons and a 125-shot, don’t be so quick to discount the tall tales as myth; remember most legends are spawned from the truth.

1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Rear Quarter 4/6

Data File
Car: 1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Owner: Chad Lucas
Block: LS1, 346cid
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Heads: Stock
Cam: Stock
Pushrods: Stock
Rocker Arms: Stock, 1.7 ratio
Pistons: Stock
Rings: Stock
Crankshaft: Stock
Rods: Stock
Throttle Body: Fast 90mm
Fuel Injectors: 30-lb. ’01 Corvette
Fuel Pump: Stock
Ignition: Stock coil over plug, MSD 8.5mm wires, NGK- TR5 plugs-motor, NGK-TR6 for spray
Engine Management: Stock VCM, custom tuned by Ron Paton, Ronster tune-utilizing HP Software
Power Adder: Single stage, wet 125 shot, 90mm Nitrous Outlet plate kit
Intercooler: 1 3/4-inch coated Pacesetter mild steel long-tube headers, 3-inch Texas Speed Y-pipe, SLP Loudmouth-1
Torque Converter: Circle D pro series billet single disk 3400 stall
Transmission: Stock 4L6OE, B&M shift kit and cooler
Driveshaft: Stock aluminum
Front Suspension: QA1 single adjustable coilovers with 300-lb. rate springs, front sway bar removed
Rear Suspension: QA1 single adjustable shocks, Eibach sportline lowering springs or stock
Rearend: Stock 10-bolt with Motive 3.90 gears-installed by Fusion Fab Works
Brakes: Motive drilled/slotted rotors F/R, Kinetic ceramic pads, Russell steel braided lines
Wheels Street- Polished C4 ZR1 style, 17x9.5 front, 17x11-inch rear (street), Track-Weld Draglite 15x4 front 15x10-inch rear (‘strip)
Front Tires: Sumitomo HTR 275/40/17 (street) Federal supersteel 165/80/15-skinnies (‘strip)
Rear Tires: Sumitomo HTR 315/35/17(street) Hoosier DOT drag radial 275/50/15 (‘strip)
Fuel: Pump Sunoco 93
Race Weight: 3600-lbs. (est.)
Best ET/MPH: 11.63@116mph (all-motor), 10.89@125mph (spray)
Best 60-FT. Time: 1.46 on spray
Current Mileage: 125k
Miles Driven Weekly: 60 (only in nice weather)

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