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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby woody90gtz » Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:49 pm

I dragged the Beretta back close to the garage at least. I gotta get the brakes done on that stupid Blazer and get it out of there...that's been a nightmare getting it to bleed since the rear circuit was completely dry and it has disabled ABS but the hardware is still there...

Snapped this picture cause I had 5 of my 6 cars at my dad's place! haha. And the trailer... Camaro is still a shelving unit in my garage. But for a brief moment, I had Blazer Blazer Beretta Silverado & Suburban all there.

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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby Rettax3 » Fri Oct 21, 2022 2:34 am

Started (and moved) a couple of 'em that have been sitting for a VERY long time. Started and ran the Yellow Indy yesterday (still haven't bothered looking into the ECM problem yet -probably won't as it is just time to swap-in the five-speed and Series 3 3800 SC I have waiting for it). The blue-on-blue '90 Turbo 'Retta hasn't been run in over a year I think, the PCM isn't priming the fuel-pump which was actually okay with me this time -it meant the engine wouldn't get any load until it had cranked enough to get oil-pressure. Which actually happened pretty fast, but it still turned-over quite a bit before she fired up. Ran great though, and man I love those crystal-blue Olds Cutlass Supreme digital instruments I put in there -gorgeous display! Still the BEST-sounding Beretta I can recall ever hearing, even beating-out the NASCAR-refugee-sounding GTU and the Formula-One-wannabe high-revving 3.4 DOHC Turbo Z-26. I decided to move her up to the top of the list, shuffled a few cars around and backed her up onto the lift. She will need tires and a battery, but I'm mounting and balancing my own tires now, so that brings the expense down quite a bit, and she can even borrow the GTU's 16" black GTZ rims if need-be, I'm not in a hurry to tear-down the six-speed from that car...

I need to seal-up a couple of exhaust-leaks related to switching from the Garrett T-04 to the K-03 snail, and have to re-plumb cooling lines for the turbo (I had deleted them when I pulled the diminutive T-25 out in lieu of the T-04, which was only oil-cooled). Apparently, I also robbed a fitting off of the turbo's bypass-valve, mmmm, probably for the 3.4 DOHC V-6 Z-26 Turbo, which means this car hasn't moved in even longer than I was thinking. :o The hood is trash at this point. The original may be salvageable, but was fire-damaged years ago, IIRC just the paint got burned-off, with no metal warpage. Here is hoping...

The Turbo Z-24 Cavvy was the pisser today, even though I hadn't set the e-brake, it still locked-up one of the rear wheels. This is chronic with this car if he sits. Biggest reason for me to go rear-disc on this car is to eliminate this BS. But, I like drum overall, so I doubt a conversion will ever happen... :roll:

And the Turbo Z-26 3.4 Four-Cam... Is idling somewhere over the rainbow. I think it was doing this last month when I parked it in the garage, so now I get to dig into it and find out if this is a bad IAC-Valve, or something worse. Yay.

Well, three of the turbo-cars started and warmed-up, moved around, and nothing blew up. Not a bad day, overall... 8)

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1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby woody90gtz » Fri Oct 21, 2022 9:45 am

That's the main problem with a lot of projects... it's a lot to take care of, and there are only so many hours in the day.

I got the brakes fixed up on that stupid Blazer. Now I have a suspension squeak driving me crazy that I gotta find. Got 18.4mpg though, that's a lot better than the truck! It turns on a dime too, lot easier to maneuver.


91 "SS" - WOT 3400/5spd - 13.29@101.6 - World's fastest N/A FWD Beretta
96 "LS" 4.8/6spd/8.8 RWD swap
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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby Rettax3 » Sun Oct 30, 2022 9:06 pm

Welded the downpipe to the turbo outlet housing on the '90 "T-Type" 'Retta. Also cut the pipe from the Wastegate valve (external WG) and re-angled it for the longer outlet housing, drilled a 1 1/8" hole and welded a new piece of pipe in place -I ALMOST decided to run the dump-pipe straight out of the hood, but if/when I replace the hood I don't want to commit to the pipe running up and out. The only things left to do are the turbo's water coolant lines (metric fittings, I will have to order some parts for them), wire-in a fuel-pump prime circuit, and figure out the tach signal to the Cutlass digi-gauge cluster (I don't recall if I have to wire-in the Cutlass ECM to run the cluster or what, so I will go into research mode when I feel up to it). Tires of course, as mentioned. Looking under the car, everything looks pretty decent. No leaks, no rust. I want to update the headlights too, I recall they weren't very bright as much of the housing actually gets cut off by the top edge of the bumper -these are basically Firebird headlight assemblies from an early Third-Gen, needed because the Beretta headlight housings interfered with the FMIC ductwork. I may swap them out with the later Third-Gen lamps, as they were smaller housings, or go a completely different route. Overall, it was just nice to have the car moving around again.


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby woody90gtz » Sun Oct 30, 2022 10:06 pm

You can get more light really easily with just a bulb swap...assuming they are typical 9005 and 9006. Plug & play. Sealight makes LED bulbs that have the same focal length as halogens are they are really, really good. I had them in my last Beretta and still use them in my truck and the wife's Subaru. I bought a couple extra sets just in case they get discontinued or something, because they're really really good. I can get you a link if you like.

I pissed away most of this weekend helping my old man pick up some Mopar garbage. He bought a pair of Roadrunners and lots of parts from an 82-yr-old guy in PA. He paid a boatload of money, but he's pretty sure he can get back almost half of it by selling the second car and the parts. Then he's gonna unload the Roadrunner he's been ignoring in the corner of his garage. Sadly though, that means the Beretta is kicked out and I gotta bring it back to my place...where there's no lift...and not much room.
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96 "LS" 4.8/6spd/8.8 RWD swap
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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby Rettax3 » Mon Oct 31, 2022 6:50 am

woody90gtz wrote:You can get more light really easily with just a bulb swap...assuming they are typical 9005 and 9006.

Nope, literally big ol' 3rd-Gen Firebird light housings... Aftermarket non-sealed-beam lights I stole from my second 300ZX before it was destroyed in the arsonist's fire...
Retta Headlights 2a.jpg

Partially hidden below the top edge of the bumper, they just lose enough light to make them seem dim to me.
These worked for several years, just not great. Probably the WORST way I could have put lights in this car... I love the other ones I've done:

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I don't see a pic of the 'old' BRM Z-26, probably on the old computer... It has the '90 'Retta's old headlights, which were just stock Beretta lamps with the diffuser lens removed and replaced with clear Plexi, hidden behind the grills. VERY bright and effective, but a bit 'spot-light'ish, as would be expected. They work better on the Z-26 with the stock driving-lights to scatter some light out to the sides...

I'm sorry you don't like old Mopars... :D
Ladybird 15a.jpg
Original "Limelight" green. Not a clone, the real thing.

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I have a GTX grill I want to put in, just because they were rarer and I like honeycomb design, I haven't gotten around to it yet though. Maybe after the twin superchargers get installed? :D

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This was after I ditched the OEM plastic "Pistol-Grip" shift handle, with one I hand-carved from Black Walnut -came out very nicely. :)


I think these were right after the last show we took her to -only got one trophy... :oops: Long drive too, she needs a good vacuuming here. It was a while ago, but she still looks just like this.


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby woody90gtz » Mon Oct 31, 2022 7:44 am

Old Mopars are ok I guess, and these two are both 4spd, but there's no way in hell I'd pay the Mopar tax. Cost twice as much as a comparable Chevy.


91 "SS" - WOT 3400/5spd - 13.29@101.6 - World's fastest N/A FWD Beretta
96 "LS" 4.8/6spd/8.8 RWD swap
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Re: what did you do to your ride today?

Postby Rettax3 » Mon Oct 31, 2022 3:14 pm

woody90gtz wrote:Old Mopars are ok I guess, and these two are both 4spd, but there's no way in hell I'd pay the Mopar tax. Cost twice as much as a comparable Chevy.

^^^THAT is a fact! I never could figure that out either. Unfortunately, the heart wants what the heart wants. :pardon: If you fall in love with a Texas blonde, be prepared to give all your money for a huge diamond. :D I'm glad I mostly like my 80s-90s Chevys. This is my second RR, a replacement for a B5 Blue 4-speed that was stolen back in the '80s. I always had intentions of buying a shell and rebuilding it up from that, and recall seeing a rust-free 'rolling shell' going for something approaching five-digits. I realized then building up my own wasn't feasible anymore...

For me, I got a lucky hit on this one years ago during a slump in the market. It is already worth more than twice what it cost. A co-worker once asked me what I paid for it, I said, "Too much." He shook his head solemnly and said, "No, you didn't." I think he is right. I love that car. :Rose:

I did pick up a second-generation Road Runner project (better than a shell, but not complete) for a VERY good price, and have a Satellite of the same year that I daily-drove for a while, that was actually a gift from the previous owner who just wanted it going to a good home.
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Good car, pretty quick and a lot of fun to drive. No one ever seems to know what it is either, which is entertaining. Kind of like a Beretta. :roll:


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26


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