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Ryan Haenny/Styluss’ 1989 Chevrolet Beretta Euro GTU Mock: 2.8L, 3-Speed Automatic
I bought this car in early 2004 with my tax return money. I had always wanted a second car to learn how to tinker on. I actually bought the car a month or two before BFest was right here in Denver Colorado! But as I was so new to the car I didn’t have the passion and enthusiasm for the car and the community that I do now and didn’t attend. She was a 1989 Base model with beat blue interior and bone stock save for a remote start system, a hole ridden aftermarket exhaust and old faded tinted windows.
Shortly after I bought the car my friend turned me onto to junk yarding. HOLY COW did I learn a lot about this car in a short period of time! All the models produced, different engines, seat styles, different body kits, suspension bars and so more! That and the knowledge base that is Beretta.net turned me into an addict very quickly. The car went through a lot of different looks in a rather short period of time but one look caught my eye in particular… the GTU look. And after going through three different interior colors / setups I finally rounded up all I needed for a black interior, save for the dash.
Not only was I a fiend for the GTU look and equipped the car with a full GTU kit but I also stumbled onto the world of European Berettas and quickly fell in love. I became a sucker for rare European parts and acquired them just as fast as I could actually find them and click “Send Payment” on PayPal. Today, the car is a GTU mock with the most complete Euro conversion outside of the European states. And yes, I am VERY proud of that fact.
The car has been through a lot in its lifetime; Autocross, Rallycross, “off-road” camping trips, hellacious snow storms, two accidents and more. I have definitely put her through her paces. But she has been awarded for it all as well; it has earned a podium finish at many Autocross and Rallycross events, first place in a car show, first place at local Rallycross events, second place at a National Championship Rallycross, first place at a National Challenge Rallycross and even Best Modified Late Model Interior at BFest Denver 2013! Not to mention she has been spotted in SportsCar Magazine three times! One was even an article with an interview! Nothing makes me smile like having someone come up to me and say “You really know how to drive that thing!” Especially when they find out it’s an automatic! All in all the car is well known in the Colorado automotive community as well as within the Beretta community.
How about a small list of mods hmm? The list is MUCH bigger, but these are the highlights.
– Ported and polished upper and lower 3.1 intake manifolds
– Styluss cold air intake system
– Full 2.5” mandrel bent exhaust system with Magnaflow cat and muffler
– Fast Forward Performance ECU chip
– Fast Forward Performance billet dogbone
– Custom billet upper transmission mount
– Strut bar, lower sub-frame brace, radiator to strut bars, shock tower brace and Z51 rear sway bar piggy-backed over the factory internal rear sway bar
– Cadillac sun visors with lit dimming mirrors, extensions and second fold down visor
– Cadillac leather shift knob
– Z34 leather steering wheel with cruise control mod
– Custom black and gray Z seats
– Relocated cigarette lighter with console organizer
– Euro headlights, tail lights, side mirrors, spoiler, fender flares and set of owner’s manuals
– Z fog light and turn signal conversion
– Tinted windows
– Eibach springs
– Crappy ass matte white paint
Well, that’s my obsession in a nutshell! I would love to answer any questions you have about me or the car so please, feel free to ask! Thanks for taking a look at my baby!
Mark Burdick 1995 Base 3400/Auto aka Black Betty BAM BLAM
320,000 miles. Twelve years. Three engines. Two transmissions. One body. Betty has been with me through good times and bad times.
I got her in 2004 as a 1995 Base Model with the 3100 V6 engine. It was my Junior year of High School. My Pontiac Sunbird was giving me issues, so it was time to get something a bit more reliable. The choices before me were a Chevy Beretta or a Ford Tempo, with dreams of a Lumina Z34 that would never happen. I was not feeling the Tempo, so I started to look into the Beretta.
I stumbled upon Beretta.net and Bstuff.com, as well as a few cardomain pages. A rudimentary Google search found me images of GTZs, GTUs, and Z26s. After a night of browsing, I had to have this car. $2000 and a few days later, she was sitting in my driveway.
Although I greatly appreciate the Base/GT body style, back then I was dead-set on the Z04 ground effects. That led me to my first Beretta friend, Eric Custer. I bought the whole Z04 ground effects from him, as well as a set of wheels and a gauge cluster. Within a few months, the ground effects were painted and installed. Another friend provided me with the sound I wanted via a Flowmaster 40 Series muffler. A trip to a local junkyard, based of a tip from a friend that a 60k mile Cayenne Z26 was there, got me my Z26 seats. And finally, an acquaintance in Iowa sent me a solid grille. Betty was looking pretty slick.
In my Sophomore year of college, disaster, or at least what I considered a disaster, struck. Betty blew a head gasket. I brought the Sunbird out of retirement only to blow her head gasket just two weeks later. I was now stuck driving my grandparents Mercury Grand Marquis and having no idea what I was going to do.
As luck would have it, a 3400 more or less fell into my lap. I would later find out it was a result of some Beretta-world related drama, however I am still good friends with one of the parties involved. Parts were gathered, and by the end of the year, I had my baby back. Eric again helped me out by offering his place as the home of the swap, and my new friend, Scott0999 from the v6z24.com forums was a huge part of making this swap happen as well. I cannot thank those two enough for everything they’ve done for me over the years.
A few years passed with no major to the car, but over that time I acquired little things like E36 headlights (from Mr. Jonathan Chmura), an MRZ flush-mount kit for my cd player, as well as an MRZ rear shock tower brace, LED side markers, and a set of 17″ Nexo wheels. I also upgraded the upper and lower engine mounts with a set that came from McGavinZ26’s supercharged 3400 Beretta. Thinking that she looked a bit goofy on 17’s with stock springs, I made a purchase from Mr. Eric Wood: Eibach lowering springs and KYB front struts. These came off of his own ’95 Z26 that sadly had to end it’s run due to rust. It was at this point that I started to develop more engine issues.
This time, I decided I wanted a newer engine, so I chose a 2004 3400 from an Oldsmobile Alero. Having done the swap already, this swap was simply a plug-and-play. Eric C. and Scott0999 helped me yet again to do this swap. I also upgraded to a set of modified S&S Headers, and removed what remained of my A/C (I found out just how much I’d regret that during the trip to Bfest 2013) and my ABS.
I sold my old E36 headlights and upgraded to a set of DJ Auto reproduction units that are glass lensed with projector HIDs and angel eyes. Simply put, I find this look incredibly sexy on a black Beretta. I also had a good friend of mine ‘smoke’ my tail lights ever so slightly to pull together the back end of the car.
In one more stroke of luck, I finally destroyed my factory transmission at 280,000 miles. I replaced it with a 60k unit from a 1995 Buick Skylark, and proceeded to destroy an axle with it just last month. To be fair, the axles made it to 292,000 miles =).
If you’ve made it this far in my babbling story about a car that I love to pieces (literally, you should see the rust), I would like to take the last bit of your time to thank all of the people who have been a part of this car’s life. Everyone who I have met on Beretta.net, Bstuff, and at Berettafest and Nitrofest. You all have been one of the greatest group of friends. Without your help, I would have had not the slightest clue where to start. I am so proud to own a car with such a unique following. I was one of those folks who was always going to go to Berettafest, but could never swing it, until one year it was so close that it would have been dumb not to go. I am now hooked and I will never miss another one if I can help it. I’m sort of the quiet kid who takes a while to warm up to everybody, but even with all the anxiety I had leading up to that first Berettafest, I never felt unwelcome.
The 91 “SS” was born in 2009 as my 95 Z26 was losing its fight with rust. I had daily driven the 95 for 6 years and wanted to reuse a lot of the mods it had gathered along the way. My Z26 was my second Beretta…I owned a 90 GTZ as my first car. So it was only fitting to replace it with another Beretta. Shane (another Bnet member) was selling his rust-free 91 sans engine so I made the drive out to Rochester and hauled it back home to save it from the scrapper. Over the next 6 months the car was torn down to a bare shell and restored with OEM-looking mods. I tried to combine the best aspects of both my previous Berettas to make a “Super Sport” the General should have created long before I did: V6 power, manual trans, limited slip, better brakes, wider tires, bigger wheels, heavier suspension and leather interior. It has great street manners and runs respectable numbers at the drag strip (14.46 best yet with a goal of 13.99). I think it lives up to the Chevrolet “SS” heritage quite well. It was a lot of work and took longer than expected, but the results were worth it. It even prompted me to buy a winter beater to the 91 from meeting the same fate as the 95. I just got back to driving it after almost a 2-year hiatus due to drag strip carnage, but it didn’t take long to remember why I love this car.
’04 3400 v6 engine swap
Getrag 5spd with EP limited slip differential
SPEC Stage 2+ clutch
Driveshaft Shop Stage 2 400hp axles
FFP underdrive pulley
FFP billet/poly engine & trans mounts
2.5″ custom exhaust (welded mandrel u-bends)
S&S headers (modified to fit a Beretta)
Dynomax VT muffler w/ Borla dual tips
K&N/Tranzgenic air intake system
TCE 65mm throttle body
ported upper intake with custom engraving
Speedy Lite-5 17×7″ wheels (stripped & painted body color)
Sumitomo HTR-Z II tires (225/45ZR17)
KYB struts & shocks
Addco 1″ rear anti-sway bar
FE7 direct-acting front sway bar
Energy Suspension poly swaybar bushings
fully welded control arms
Global West Del-A-Lum control arm bushings
92+ big front disc brakes
R/T rear disc conversion
braided stainless brake hoses and clutch slave line
GM strut tower brace
GM subframe brace
custom-fabbed shock tower brace
complete black interior swap
leather Cobalt SS seats
leather shift & ebrake boots
leather Lumina Z34 steering wheel
leather Camaro Z28 shift knob
aluminum gauge overlay
no door ding molding
Sony Xplod MP3/CD stereo & speakers
AEM wideband air/fuel sensor & gauge
TunerProRT laptop with ALDL cable
custom-tuned OBD1 chip ($A1 mask)
-Eric Wood – Woody90gtz
I bought this car right before Bfest Columbus in 05. I was trying to get the new motor done in my GTZ so I could take it instead but missed my deadline. I had test driven this Z26 a month before and it was a really nice car but I didn’t like it in aqua. But I drove past it on a small car lot on the way to work every day and before long it wore me down and I started to actually like the color quite a bit. So picked it up and drove it to Columbus with a pack of 9 other Berettas one week later. When I picked it up I had planned on leaving it alone as a bone stock daily driver.
Right now it has:
Z34 hood vents color keyed GTZ wheels tinted windows Audi TT projectors
D2S Xenons LED exterior lighting /////ALPINE stereo RMT start/entry
2004 76k/mi 3400 26k/mi 4l60E Walker SS muffler CAI (under Z34 vent)
Monroe shocks/struts 89 GT rear sway bar
Its been to Bfest Columbus, Pittsburg, Niagara Falls, Charlotte, Denver, Chicago, and Pigeon Forge. I have just over 200K on it now and its showing its age but I still like driving it.