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    Default Oddball project: Beretta "SS"

    I'm sure this car is way out in left field for most of you...but I talk to a lot of people who "used to have a Beretta" and they all say they miss it. It amazes me how much attention this thing gets. My first car in high school was a white Beretta GTZ with the 180hp Quad4/5spd. A bonafide rocket ship when you're 16! haha

    I bought a shell in 2009 from an abandoned project and built it from the ground up using a lot of parts from my college Beretta: a black Z26. And it certainly accelerates, turns & stops a lot better than stock. Shall we call is grocery touring?

    3.4L v6 out of a 2006 Impala with modifed Grand Am headers and some bolt ons. 2.5 pipe, Dynomax VT. DIY OBD1 tune.
    Stock Muncie 5spd with a LSD retrofit, Spec clutch & Driveshaft Shop axles.
    Eibach springs, KYB struts/shocks, GM FE7 direct front and Addco rear sway bars, & chassis bracing.
    17x7 wheels & 225 rubber. Upgraded front rotors and (Neon!) rear disc conversion w/ Lumina master cyl.
    DIY paint job with Summit brand stuff. Stock Z body kit and (Mustang!) front lip.
    Black leather interior (Cobalt seats, Camaro knob & handle, Lumina wheel). All red LED conversion.

    I'll start with a few current pics and then get into the build.






    And here is my first car and my college car.



    And a random pic of what my current one looked like stock...(teal 91 GT).




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    Dragged it home and got it stripped, prepped & painted:









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    nice looking car, my wife had a barrette ss back in the day.
    Dale Hayes
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    Oh and I almost forgot...I smoked the Stg2 at the drag strip (factory hydraulics have a restrictor for smooth engagement) so I had to tear it back apart and upgrade. Also gave me a chance to detail everything.



    Then I killed the 5spd at the strip another time and had to rebuild it.



    Best I have run yet is a 14.4 with a screwed up 4th gear. It may have a 13.9 in it with a clean run.



    Great highway car though, gets 30+mpg going to Berettafest and any other events. I retrofitted cruise control from a 94 K1500 and rebuilt the AC and added SecondSkin sound deadening. This car is my summer DD. Keeps me happy while the Camaro is still deep in the overhaul stage...



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    Quote Originally Posted by instro84 View Post
    nice looking car, my wife had a barrette ss back in the day.
    4 banger? I know some dealers in the mid-90s put SS stickers on some of the base models. They never actually made an SS. My theme for this car is what GM could have done back in the 90s. I kept everything stock-ish looking. Just clean and simple. The Camaro will be the nasty one! haha

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    tell us more about that Roland machine.
    what is it all capable of doing?
    thanks
    Bryan
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    That's a lot of work for 14s....LOL

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    Nice attention to detail.

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    That Roland isn't capable of much...just shallow engraving basically. We also have a 51x31" router that's a little better. I've done gauge bezels and stuff with it.


    I'm hoping I can get a 13.9 out of it, but 14s may be all its got. But I like having a DD that's a little different.

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    Nice, so clean. You're a perfectionist huh ;)
    Reliable, fun to drive and definitely out of the box. I'm digging it.
    Great job

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    I like it! My wife had a 1993 GTZ w/the 3.1(I think). It was blue w/the blue matching wheels. Nice car. Never saw another one like it around here.
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    Serious commitment..nice work
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    Very cool project. Always like seeing people making something of the off center and overlooked.
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    Cool project. I had a black Z26.

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    If I remember from working at gm dealer, the GTZ was quad 4 5 SPD, never seen an auto version.
    I would have too look them up. Used to have ?lots of Beretta GT stuff stored, if I can find it. Always wanted the GT I worked on back at dealer. Had spun bearing so we had to do some repairs.
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    I remember seeing a Beretta for the first time. GM brought one for display at our university before they went into production. I always liked the styling.

    This is a cool project. It is not a cookie cutter build.

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    91-93 the GTZ got the Q4/5spd or 3.1/auto. 90 they were Q4 only. I always really liked the body style. It was ahead of its time. My wife tells me some day I'll have to grow up and get rid of it, but I think it'd be better for the Beretta to grow up and get a RWD Schwartz chassis or something! haha If time/money ever allows I think that would be a great project.

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    Nice Burrito!

    Any Drywall screws in the tranny?

    You forgot the red LED compass mirror conversion.
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