Volume III, Issue 9, Page 30

This crew coalesces in a laid-back atmosphere, one that occurs when all concerned are battle-savvy veterans, each imbued with intimate knowledge of the car, what it’s like behind the wheel, what the car hankers for, and what it will not tolerate.

At any moment, Junior might take his father’s place behind the ’88 Camaro. He’s putting a big-inch motor in the ’70 Nova that Troy used to gain notoriety and fame. Troy and his son bonded a long time ago, way before the kid could even drive.

So what’s inside Pirez’s head? Maybe you’d be better off asking Greg “Big Boy” Stephens or Troy, Jr. about what’s zinging around in the 40-year old paint and body shop owner’s brainpan. You could call him an enigma. You could call him quickest and fastest stock-suspension Chevrolet drag radial car as enhanced by nitrous oxide, because at this writing, that much is true.

Troy believes in building his own bullets under the “Cooter Racing Engines” subterfuge, a place that exists only in his mind. His all-alloy 632s are Brodix-based and machine work is performed by Amtex Machine (Tampa, FL). Top-drawer products festoon the block and if a little compression is good, then a whole bag of it is even better, especially for a nitrous application.

Troy lays the foundation with a Crower crankshaft and Oliver steel connecting rods. He partners Diamond Racing pistons with 12-degree Brodix PB 1200 CNC cylinder heads to make a mountainous 15.0:1 ratio. The 0.975-inch lift Comp cam works equally mammoth 2.45- and 1.90-inch titanium valves and is hooked to the crank via a Jesel belt drive. T&D shaft rockers (1.8:1) are urged by Smith Brothers pushrods and PSI valve springs. Ignition is tried and true MSD stuff set at 28 degrees total.

Dan Neuman Race Cars (Ocala, FL) built the 2 ¼-to-2 ½-inch step headers that sweep past a humungous Stef’s Fabrication aluminum sump.  A Carburetor Solutions Unlimited-prepped 1,150cfm Holley is on the Brodix intake manifold as matched to the cylinder heads. These items provide the basis for the platform for the three-stage nitrous system (200, 250, and 250 hits) built by Steve Johnson at Induction Solutions (Spring Hill, FL).