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It's Official, She's Alive! (although barely)

By Wanako

Filed under: 1987 Chevrolet Beretta (Beretta)

After all kinds of hard work, and my Dad's endless help, he called me a couple of days ago to tell me that she's alive again. YESSSS!! The new 3.1 is in and running. Right now it's idling kinda rough, but we found it was due to a leak in the intake. I'd messed up a bit and forgot to clean the fuel injector ports before installing the new injectors and it created an air leak. I'd also screwed up the timing but we found out before there was any damage, but it stalled us quite a bit. There are still many bugs to work out before it's road-worthy but it's a big step.

Now the rust-less body has 254,000 miles and the new engine has a mere 72,000. I gotta give it to that old 2.8 though. It fought quite valiantly till the end. The interesting thing was that it never truly "died". Death would usually mean that the a motor would completely stop running, or it would seize or it would refuse to turn over or start up. This thing would actually run and propel the car and it did so until the absolute very end when we just decided after hearing all those horrible sounds it was making, that it was just that time to give it the Old Yeller treatment. 23 years of faithful service certainly took it's toll on that old motor, and it was just that time.

New Motor!

By Wanako

Filed under: 1987 Chevrolet Beretta (Beretta)

So I had just fixed up the Beretta, cleaned it, prepped it and my wife and I were of to our wedding ceremony. She was running great the whole day. On our way back from the ceremony and the reception, the engine started ticking louder and louder. We got home ok but I was gonna wait until the next day to look the car over.

At first I thought my lifters had gone bad, so I replaced those and when I finished, nothing. Same thing. It was more internal than that. I figured one of the pistons had gone or a rod was done. Not sure yet what it was but I figured it was time for a new motor. This poor old thing had been running for 23 long years, it was just time to put it down.

I managed to find a 3.1L V6 from a 93 Pontiac Grand Prix from Arizona and got it for $400. The motor only had 72,000 miles on it. So I ordered it and sent it to my dad's workplace. He took it and my car to his house and we worked on it from there. The motor itself looked like it needed a BIG cleaning, gunk all over the place, but the internals looked like they were in great shape. As of July 3rd, the transmission was installed and my dad put the motor back into the car. It just needs to be plugged in and hopefully it'll all work out.

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