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Patrick Mumford/Whiteretta – 1994 Base GTU Conversion.
I bought this car back in May 2008, as a replacement for my 1995 Bonneville, which had originally replaced my first Beretta, an ’89 base with the 2.8 in it. After my first Beretta, going a year without one was way too long. My ’94 started out life as an abused 3100 auto, with what seemed like a rather neglected past. I paid too much for the shape it was in, but as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it.
After two years of ownership, I decided it was time to upgrade it’s performance. The engine of choice was the common swap 3400. After lots of research and realizing the engine I had picked up needed a full rebuild, I decided to upgrade the cam to a Comp Cams street cam, install yellow LS springs, run all solid and poly mounts, a 65mm TCE throttle body, and PaceSetter headers. Over the past few years I’ve also added an Indy GFX kit, upgraded to the bigger solid front and rear bars, Canuck springs, 17×7 Enkei EV5’s, and numerous other suspension, exterior and interior modifications and upgrades. Too many to list! Unfortunately, it turns out the “engine builder” was a bit of a drinker, and failed to properly torque a majority of the bolts on the engine… This resulted in numerous, and sometimes quite extensive repairs taking up too much of my personal time, up until last summer.
Last summer the bottom end went out, for the second time. It was at this point I decided it was time to farm out the work to someone else and go all out, and 3500 swap the car. All power adders were being switched over as well. The car is still undergoing the swap due to complications, and I hope to finally have the car back from the current builder before summer is up, so I can see what she’s really capable of!
Tyler Thomas’s 1995 Z26 Supercharged 3450
I bought this car a few years ago from a few good people out west when my other had finally succumbed to rust. The new rust free shell had around 150k on it and arrived engine-less which was a blessing. I ended up swapping other everything from my old beretta and vastly improved it all over time. The engine got forged/cammed, the supercharger kit got revamped, the transmission got built. The supercharger took 100s of hours of work at both the machine shop and in the carport to perfect and fine tune into the current setup I run today. I treat this car as if its one of a kind, which it is. I take it to the track occasionally and to car shows rather often. This car has way to many modifications to list, so you can find them all in the link below.
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!