Sponsor Vehicle Projects & Shop Tours - Lashway's newest build: "Project BackLASH"
07-02-2011, 11:18 AM
Check it out...cool build anyone can do with not a lot of money! We're keeping this build right around $10,000 WITH the price of the Z28. By selling stock stuff, and some performance parts that were on the car, and by using stuff we had laying around we're right on target!!
So we here at the shop decided it was time to get into the action and build another shop car that not only kicks ass, but really represents our quality of work and the different services we provide to our customers who are seeking nothing short of the best in performance and fabrication.
We purchased the car from one of our best and most loyal customers. We had previously worked on the vehicle and knew of it's quality and potential, even as a '98. The rest is history :devil:
-1998 Camaro Z28 (Formerly Rob's car, thanks buddy!)
-Original LS1, stock pistons, rods, and crank
-Katech Rod Bolts for added stability and strength at our projected PRM range
-ARP head bolts
-GM MLS gaskets, stock thickness
-Stock 241 heads
-Lashway 3-pc custom pushrods (available to the gen public!)
-IWIS timing chain
-Ported oil pump
-Super Victor Cathedral Port Intake
-Scorpion 2000 cfm throttle plate
-Dual Stage Nitrous Express plate (NP604)
-Monster Stage 5 clutch, 28lb flywheel
-Liberty faceplated T56 :devil:
-Chromoly 3" driveshaft
-Custom narrowed rear end (thats definately a big secret, gotta come by to see what we're building)
-Custom Wolfe 10-pt chromoly cage, completely assembeled, notched and tig welded at Lashway by Ollie, our Fab Master!
-Wolfe Mini Tub Kit
-VFN Sunoco Style Extended hood (my favorite mod)
-Fresh engine bay paint and hood paint done in house -Wolfe Mini Tubs
-Custom Chromoly Lashway LCA's, relocated of course
-Strang single adj rear coil overs and dbl adj coil overs in front
-BMR Battery relocation tray
-BMR tubular upper and lower control arms
-ABS delete with line lock
-Dzus fittings to hold down that nice freakin hood
-MT ET Slicks, 28"
....and probably a hell of a lot more that I am forgetting.
I will add pics in the morning every chance I can. We are bery busy here, and the threads are hard to keep up with.
07-07-2011, 07:49 PM
07-07-2011, 07:50 PM
More goodies arriving daily :)
BMR K member
Strange rear adj. coil overs
Torque Arm Cross Member
Stealthy NGK AFX install in vent :)
07-15-2011, 02:07 PM
Some more teaser pics for everyone following this thread....
Here are some quick shots of the wheel tubs...they came out great. We used some 3M seam sealer which was easy to work with. Now just adding some more sheet metal and some finishing work and they're good to go!
Also installing the stage 5, sintered iron Monster Clutch (WHICH WE CARRY!)
Katech was nice enough to send us they're solid tensioner (WHICH WE CARRY!) in nothing other than LASHWAY purple! Looks bitching...
More parts are coming
07-15-2011, 06:10 PM
Uhoh...look what the cat dragged in...
The baddest throttle plate in the world made by Scorpion (and yes, we carry this in stock as well).
07-18-2011, 10:13 AM
You got the last purple one we had. I love the purple for some reason. I had one custom made for a customer's purple GTO so I made a couple spares. Purple isn't a hot seller so I won't be making any more unless you buy a batch for your company. :D
07-18-2011, 10:51 AM
Thanks man, glad we could snag one. I love it.
07-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Well, another week down the crapper - still making good progress on the build. Monster Level 5 came in and was installed. Ollie began to run the harness and eventually the engine and trans made its way back into the engine bay...
Notice the bang up wiring routing...very nice!
NX Perimeter Plate is in as well as a little custom touch on the pass side cylinder head (we had a little fun at the water jetting place)...
We're hoping to fire her up soon.
07-29-2011, 12:59 PM
Hey everyone..thanks for checking in periodically on our build. We've been working around the clock on this thing to get it rolling...haven't slept in about 35 hours...between working on customer projects and BackLASH, we're all dead.
Anyway, here are some updated pics...
We decided to go with a velocity stack from Summit that we nicknamed "BIG GULP" for obvious reasons...not only is it totally huge and rediculous, but it will actually help straighten airflow out as it enters the manifold :) Should gain some power as well! Oh yeah, it also stores your beer between passes! (we do not endorse drinking and driving though!)
Rails and fuel system are done, front brake lines are bent and done along with the line lock (notice we used -an fittings instead of the regular stuff you get at NAPA. Looks better and is actually easier to install when putting custom brakes together :)
We threw in a set of adj. coil overs on the front as well as some stock brakes which our wheels will clear with a small spacer.
Interior of vehicle has been covered in OZITE which is some really light carpeting. Not the easiest thing to install, but results we're great and we're happy with the look. Dash is in, harness is in, Kirkey and custom adj. mount are in as well. All wiring is done, just have to hook up some random gauges we ordered and we're ready to fire her up...should be awesome.
If all goes well, an we don't pass out we will make our first pass tonight at PBIR...it's a long shot but we're going to give it a try!
Finally, my absolute favorite mod we have done....the VFN hood! We decided to go with some black and white on the hood to keep the theme going with the rest of the car. So, we hit it early this morning with some Artic White and some black, then a few coats of clear. Check out the stripe! We love the outcome and the shine is unreal...just letting her dry and we'll pin it onto the mounts...Keep in mind that we were able to paint this in house using products we purchased at the local auto body supply store and Ollie's guns...great job!
PS- the SUMMIT decals on the noids were just for fun...they're not actually SUMMIT brand lol
08-04-2011, 06:58 AM
Well, just a quick update...
Originally we we're going to run with stock upper and lower control arms in the front, as well as some QA1 single adjustable shocks that we had on the shelf. Unfortunately, that did not sit well with me. We went through a lot of trouble to keep the weight off this car and leaving the stock (and heavy) control arms on the front just bothered me. Now, we are still working on a pretty moderate budget for you guys out there watching the pennies. Keep in mind that I sold almost $3000 worth of stuff from this vehicle including wheels and tires, various performance parts, interior, electronics, etc. Doing so allowed us to have a bit of extra money to splurge on items like these control arms...so we did.
If you're on a REALLY tight budget, ditch the thought of spending $600-$700 on adj upp and lower control arms. Yes they are nice, but not at all a MUST for going fast. Think of them as something you can work towards as you progress into more and more racing.
I also decided to upgrade the front shocks to Strange Double Adjustable coil overs which will give us more control over the weight transfer of the vehicle as it moves out of the hole...
We also received the BMR battery tray today in hammertone. We contemplated just fabbing a tray up with the water jetter, but we're in a crunch for time and are busy working on customer cars as well, plus the discount BMR extended us really made the order worth it - thanks BMR! I have to say, this thing is TOP NOTCH quality. I'll post some pics when I can.
I also ordered the wheels today. Not going to disclose yet which brand they are, but I can assure you all of one thing - they are totally badass. Here's a hint:
15x4 in the front + 15x12 in the rear = AWESOME!
08-06-2011, 02:07 PM
Here's a quick shot of the BMR goodies that arrived yesterday. Also got the Quicktime bellhousing in...don't have to worry about my feet anymore with this badboy bolted in!
Also, check out our custom taillight panel...little filler, some gloss black and some custom vinyl - came together really nice!
08-06-2011, 02:11 PM
So a few folks have commented on the parts that we're buying for the car all while claiming that it is a "budget" build. While it is a budget build in a way, we cannot skip the iems needed to safely and quickly get down the track.
For instance, the bellhousing. It isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination. BUT, I would rather have it than not in the event that my clutch decides to quit at 7500 RPM...
Sure you could run without it, but it is NOT a good idea and not worth losing parts of your body for...
The control arms in the front are definately NOT needed, but we wanted to keep the weight down as much as possible, plus BMR hooked it up as usual, so what can I say.
08-12-2011, 10:48 AM
The new wheels arrived yesterday and looked BEAUTIFUL. Unfortunately they we're not the right color/finish, so they went back for final touches...
They're definately going to be badass though and super light!
The new gear set arrived for our 8.8 conversion we're building for this particular project. 4.30 ratio from Motive with the install kit :devil: Should put us right at the top of 4th as we pass through the traps with the tire we're running on the back. Our 60' time shouldn't be too bad either. Good stuff.
Also started to install the control arms - they look bitchin!
We're really busy right now so it's hard to wrench on this thing after a long hot day!
08-23-2011, 08:36 AM
Steel tubing for the rear end
Everything else is (for the most part) done. Fired her up the other day. BEAST!
08-24-2011, 05:58 AM
Looking great guys.
08-24-2011, 07:34 AM
08-27-2011, 01:17 AM
Ordered ROUND tubing for the rear and got SQUARE tubing...
09-07-2011, 02:59 PM
The build looks great Erik! Bob
09-07-2011, 08:34 PM
Thanks Bob....we're currently running into some issues with the 8.8 (while we WAIT for the right goddam parts to show up).
We may utilize a 9" for this particular build, but we will certainly continue developing an 8.8 swap kit!! We have found that narrowing causes some issues. Stock width is NOT an issue and can be done with our kit with ease! Just have to tweak it, build it, and sell it.
Got the new wheels mounted and balanced today. Photos coming tomorrow!
09-08-2011, 11:43 AM
OHHHHH HOT DAMMMMMMMM
FINALLY Got my Weld RT-s 15x4 on a 1.5 BS and 15x12 on a 6.5 BS with some MT rubbers....3" narrowed rear. Medium pad height which according to my calculations should clear stock brakes!
Fit's like a GLOVE!
Enjoy the wheel porn
09-08-2011, 04:44 PM
UPS just showed up with my shocks as well - only took a month, but that's ok. Wolfe Racecraft hooked it up!
Strange DA with QA1 14" 250 lb spring- should be a nice combo when I come down on the wheels hard :devil:
Check it out:
09-08-2011, 06:02 PM
Can we PLEASE BOOST THIS THING!
09-09-2011, 11:37 AM
LOL.....dude there are two other boosted cars here - go pick on them haha
09-09-2011, 02:32 PM
Call me lets do it
09-13-2011, 11:49 AM
hey Rob, any upgrades for my duramax?
09-19-2011, 10:41 PM
Hey check this out, LSxTV put a short story together on this project! AWESOME! Thanks so much to Lindsey Fisher and the rest of the folks over at LSxTV for thinking enough of our little '98 to feature it on their site! Thanks!
10-15-2011, 08:14 AM
As of today, the car is just about complete with the exception of a few odds and ends in the interior, and of course tuning. She fires up, and sounds like a beast from hell.
REAR END: After much deliberation, we decided to remove the 8.8 conversion and install a 9" from Moser (Bob@Brute Speed really hooked us up- if you need a rear end you call BOB!) It is important to know that we're not ditching the 8.8 at all, in fact, we're having parts made for it as we speak. It's just that we've passed our completion deadline with BackLash and really need to get this thing done. There are a lot of events coming up and the weather is going to be perfect for racing here soon, so I wanted to get her done. The 9" will do the trick. Here are the specs from Moser:
-Custom Moser 9" Fbody housing (we opted to leave the shock mounts and PHB mount off the rear as we need to custom build those items to fit our wheels). Obviously the only mount we needed was the T/A mount.
-Nodular Iron Center with 4150 Yoke
-4.30 gear ratio
-4" Narrow on each end, 8" overall
-40 Spline Upgrade
-Moser Extreme Gun Drilled axles with Star Flanges
Should be a nice addition to the car- and obviously should hold like a beast!
Pics will come as I get parts in!
10-15-2011, 08:42 AM
Wow, thanks, I really appreciate it! :cheers: Bob
10-16-2011, 11:01 AM
Of course! Send some decals ASAP!
10-25-2011, 01:03 PM
9" is here...sorry for the lousy shots...I will provide better shots and details when I have some time!
Check out those MONSTER 40 spline axles...flanged and drilled of course. WAY overkill for this particular set up, but we build things once around here....BackLash isn't going to have a stock 346 forever :devil:
10-25-2011, 04:23 PM
hey Rob, any upgrades for my duramax?
Oh yeah I got you covered call me
10-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Cool....will do.....just gimme some time ;)
11-14-2011, 02:31 PM
While we wait for more parts to be water-jetted, we decided to sit her on the ground (no rear suspension is installed yet) to roll her into another spot.
As you can see, when correct ride height and a larger tire in the rear is set in place she's gunna look killer. Mind you also there is months of dust on her. We're going to have all the paint cleane dup and touched up last...
We're also having some suede interior items made as well which should really set off the interior and give it that clean race car look we're looking for.
12-30-2011, 02:33 PM
Hey everyone - we took a break from her for a while to focus on some other projects going on (and paying our bills).
We have mounted the rear coil overs which is awesome (they're inside the car)
Also tweaking some other things in the process.
Pics will come soon
01-25-2012, 07:49 AM
Car is looking good, keep us posted!
01-26-2012, 07:34 AM
We're going to hammer on her this weekend to get her rolling and driving around! Should be interesting...
Admittedly we had to focus on some other projects, so Backlash took a Backseat for a bit...no pun intended.
06-26-2012, 08:04 PM
Well....after 8 months of working on it when I could....here you go.
There is a TON of custom, one-off work done on this car including the rear suspension which has been relocated into the cabin. Yes, the cabin.
Almost everything in the rear was custom made for this car, so it took a while to get everything right. So worth it though. More pics to come.
Still haven't hooked up throttle, tuned it, or finished brake lines....so don't mind the slow pace!
06-26-2012, 08:19 PM
Car looks great! Bob
06-27-2012, 08:46 AM
Thanks Bob for all of the help on this one.
06-27-2012, 09:13 AM
Some updated shots of the rear set up.
Note, the Wolfe anti roll bar is not installed yet. Stock fuel tank will be removed, and a cell will be added in the rear trunkwell of the vehicle. The anti roll bar is fitted in the location of the stock fuel tank.
Everything you see on the rear housing (with the exception of the backbrace) was built or added by us. Most parts were drawn on solidworks, cut on a water jetter, and tig welded onto the housing. We also fabricated the PHB and LCAs. The LCA brackets were also built here.
We relocated the coil overs into the cabin of the vehicle for a really unique look. Best part is they are completely functional. We're really proud of the set up that we thought up on this one!