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April 2016 COTM

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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)
Summit cutout
Catco converter
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)
Eibach springs
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
tinted windows
Sony Xplod MP3/CD stereo & speakers
AEM wideband air/fuel sensor & gauge
TunerProRT laptop with ALDL cable
Moates AutoProm
custom-tuned OBD1 chip ($A1 mask)

-Eric Wood  –  Woody90gtz

March 2016 COTM

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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.

-Brad Johnson

February 2016 COTM

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I’ve been in the Beretta game off and on since 1999.  I’ve owned a few Berettas, including a 1990 GT, three 1993 Quad4 GTZs and a 1993 GT.  Currently I still have two 1993 GTZs and the 1993 GT.  The GTZ featured is my Quasar GTZ which I bought in early 2013 and traveled to Wisconsin to pick up (1400 miles round trip).  It needed a fair amount of work including an entire engine, but the car was otherwise sound.  It has taken me a while to get it where I’d like it but it is an ongoing project that I can still enjoy driving during the process.  I’ve done a few modifications including:

Eibach springs
Wilwood 4-piston front brake kit
17×8 Whistler KR1 wheels
Addco Rear Sway Bar
W41 cams w/custom chip
15% window tint
Strut Tower Brace & Lower Frame Brace

My goal is to keep the car fairly stock, but still have more modern power/handling/stopping conveniences.  This car was a pretty unmolested original GTZ when I got it and I hope to keep it that way.  I do have plans for a few other modifications including Ron S. header w/ 2.5” mandrel bent exhaust, CAI, rear disc brakes as well and while I have the parts ready to go, I’ve been too busy to get those projects underway.

I’ve said it before, but my goals have shifted more towards preservation these days.  There are still some nice examples out there but the vast majority of these cars have been thrashed over the years.  I was lucky enough to find 3 fairly nice Berettas and barring any major setbacks, I plan to keep them indefinitely. I’m in it for the long haul. Oh, and by long haul, I mean LONG HAUL – just counting my last 3 Beretta purchases, I’ve traveled over 7000 miles (round trip) to pick them up.  I tell people all the time that the nice ones are still out there but you have to be willing to travel to find them.

I love these cars and really enjoy being part of the Beretta.Net community.  It’s a car community like no other – and 20 years of BerettaFest proves it!  I am thankful for the friends I’ve made here and hope to make many more.  If you have not attended a BerettaFest in the past, check out the info (locations change each year) and make plans to join us!  I guarantee you’ll make friends for a lifetime!

-Brian Kimmitt

January 2016 COTM

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I saw my first Beretta at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI in the winter of 1995 – it was a Bright Red Z26. I knew then that I wanted one and while I wasn’t able to get one for my first car, it didn’t take long for it to happen. The Z26 replaced my first car in April of 1999 and I couldn’t have been happier. I always liked the looks of the variations of the Beretta, and fell in love with the sound of the 2.8/3.1’s. Over the years, many things have changed; personal preferences, accents, stickers, wheels, mufflers, suspension, engines, transmissions, brakes, etc – but it still turns heads to this day. It’s a great feeling going to a car show and being the only one there, having groups of people stop by to ask you about it; getting thumbs up from other drivers going down the road. I’ve been through a lot with this car; ups and downs, moving several times, and have met a lot of awesome people and made some close friends over the years. I’ve learned a lot working on this car over the years – to think when I first got it; I didn’t even know how to change oil.

1995 Chevrolet Beretta Z26
Cayenne Red Metallic exterior/Light Grey interior
3400 V6 (ported/polished heads/manifolds)
OBDII Conversion
HM282 5spd swap, EP LSD
Bilstein/Eibach suspension
Euro headlights/tail lights
17×8” Axis OG Sans with 245/40/17 ContiExtreme tires, much more…

Currently working on: Custom coilover front struts with adjustable camber plates, custom rear spring perches to match front setup, revised HM282/mounts/clutch hydraulics, Wilwood front disk brake upgrade, Neon rear disk conversion, restored rear end/rear axle, Del-alum front control arm bushings Future plans: Forged internals, turbo setup

-Geoff Morrow