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August 2016 COTM

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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!

July 2016 COTM

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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.

Tyler Thomas Motortopia

June 2016 COTM

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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 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!

Ryan Haenny

May 2016 COTM

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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 and, 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 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, 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.

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