Homebuilt Hero: Greg Lasiter’s 1969 Z28

TRP 2015-03-21

We here at Chevy Hardcore have never been accused of being biased towards either a race car, show car, or even a daily driver — as long as it’s a Chevrolet, we’re going to like it. So, this week’s Homebuilt Hero is a Z28 drag car that comes to us from our friend Greg Lasiter.

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Greg tells us, “The 434 cubic-inch small-block made 803 horsepower on the engine dyno.” While that is serious power, you also need to take into account that the small-block is naturally aspirated. Greg doesn’t use nitrous oxide, or any other power adders. He does however use good parts, like a Dart Little M engine block with four-bolt splayed main caps, a Callies Dragonslayer crankshaft with 4 inches of stroke, Manley 6-inch H-beam connecting rods, and Wiseco domed pistons with a 4.155-inch diameter. Altogether, the compression ratio tops out at 14.1:1

Topping the Dart block is a pair of 23-degree Airflow Research 70cc cylinder heads with valves that measure 2.125 and 1.60 inches respectively. A set of Jesel shaft-mounted rocker arms with a 1.7 ratio on the intake, and a 1.6 ratio on the exhaust are actuated by a Crower mechanical-roller camshaft. The semi-big stick uses .455-inch lift on both the intake and exhaust side, and duration at .050-inch comes in at 278/288 degrees.

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Finally, a ported Edelbrock Super Victor intake supports a BRE-prepped 1150 Dominator carburetor that is fed by an Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump and a return-style regulator. Ignition fire is supplied by an MSD crank trigger distributor.

Greg tells us, “The car weighs 3,000 pounds with me in it, and has run a best of 9.177 seconds at 145.28 mph in the ¼-mile.” Behind the small-block is a Powerglide with 1.80 ratio straight-cut first gear, a transbrake, and a Coan 6,200 rpm stall converter to help the car launch with a 1.31-second 60-foot time.

Mounted under the back of the car is a 9-inch rearend with 4.29 gears, supported by A.R.T. ladder bars and Viking double-adjustable shocks. Greg is justifiably proud of his all steel ride (with the exception of a fiberglass hood), and the fact that all work was done in his and his friend’s garage. By the way, Greg is quick to give a shout out to his friend for all of the help.

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Wheels are Weld racing AlumaStar 2.0s, measuring 15×3 on the front, and 15×12 on the rear of the car. The tires are from Mickey Thompson, and the rears are 28×10.5/15.

Since we’ve started the Homebuilt Heros segment, we have received a few candidates, but we need more. Send us a few pictures of your car with all of the pertinent information, and we’ll make you Internet famous. You can send your submissions to chevyhardcore@powerautomedia.com.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars, and involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion got him noticed by many locals, and he began to help them with their own vehicles.
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