1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT
1992 Ford Thunderbird SC
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About “Blue Jay”
(Disclaimer: This picture, and all of the pictures in this car's album, were sourced from the Internet. I don't have any pictures left of the actual car. Except for the trunk rack, the car looked just like this.)
When my kids outgrew the back seat of my '80 Accord in the fall of 1990, I decided it was time for something nicer, something newer, something, well, sportier! More ME! I was working at a local Chevy/Olds dealer at the time, so I was familiar with the Beretta and thought one of them would do the job nicely. I couldn't afford a new one, but a gently used car wouldn't be out of the question. My employer didn't have any in stock at the time, but another local Chevy store did. They had a pair of '89 GTs, a red automatic and a blue 5-speed. Both cars were pretty well loaded, and both were advertised at roughly 2/3 of their original sticker price. Well, it was love at first sight with the blue car. The salesman tried a couple of times to talk me into the more expensive red car, but I made it clear that I wanted a stick, not an automatic. So, on my older daughter's 10th birthday, I got a gift myself! I had the car for 9+ years, and put well over 100,000 miles on it before it started eating engine control computers about every 4 months. even with junkyard parts, that got real expensive, real quick, on an 11 year old car!
I picked this up because the Supercharged 5 speed. I thought this was odd, but it was a good deal and could not pass it up. before I bought it I blue booked it and it said it was worth more then I payed for it so I got it. When I got home later that day I looked on line and found out that they only made 1100 of my car.(66,000 super coups made from 89-95) I thought this would make it hard to find parts, but its not that bad.Almost all the parts fit from the cuogar, and the trans off a mustang will fit.
Before I bought the car, I had the Ford dealer look at it and tell me if it was worth the 1,600 I paid for it. They said it was worth a lot more then that even with the problems it had. The guy also said the problems would be easy to fix. So after 14 weeks of trouble shooting and talking to some motortopia members several times a day the "easy fix" is finally got finished. And she looks so much better on the road then on jacks stands. I am still having some miner problems with her, but what girl is going to be hassle free? (Just kidding......kinda)
Specs for “Blue Jay”
2.8 liter V-6 - 135hp
5-speed manual transmission
Specs for “Roxy”
3.8 L v6
THERE ARE SOME THINGS NOT STOCK ABOUT THIS CAR, WHAT I HAVE IS A LIST OF THE STOCK SPECS.
I timed my 1/4 mile time at 13.2 at 120mph.
At 15,600 rpm- 12 psi of boost 210 bhp at 4000 rps's
315 lb-ft of trouque at 2600rpm
• With Manual Transmission: (bone stock) They run between 15.4 to 15.7 seconds at around 88-90 mph. (I did it in 13.2 sec at 120mph)
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Shift (M5R2)
Gear ratios (89-93):
Type: Supercharged OHV V-6
Bore x stroke, mm: 96.8 x 86.0
Displacement, cc: 3802
Displacement, ci: 232
Compression ratio: 8.2:1
Bhp@RPM, SAE net: 210@4000
Torque, lb-ft@RPM: 315@2600
Fuel delivery: Multi-Port Electronic fuel-injection
Fuel requirement: unleaded, 92+ octane
Exhaust-emission control equipment: 3-way catalytic converter,
exhaust-gas re-circulation, air injection
Factory Options for “Blue Jay”
GT Handling and Appearance package, which included:
F41 Sport Suspension
P235-60R15 Goodyear Eagle GT Tires
Power Door Locks
Remote Trunk Release
The car also had these separate options:
AM/FM Cassette Stereo
Factory Options for “Roxy”
Power windows and locks
key less entry
power driver seat
4 wheel independent suppression
5 speed trans
Mods for “Blue Jay”
K&N Air Filter
Beretta GT Alloy Wheels (bought used to replace the base GT steel wheels)
Mods for “Roxy”
2.5in strait piped exhaust to custom made mufflers
cool air intake
THINGS I PLANE TO DO.
2in to 3in drop
10% pully kit
EEC tuner control
subs, amp, and stereo upgrades.
new rims and tires.
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