1992 Chevrolet Beretta GT (Maui Beretta)
Last updated Jan 4, 2010
1992 Beretta GT. Manufactured 10/91, 5 previous owners, none of whom ever believed in routine maintenance. Purchased with a little over 110,000 miles, now has close to 160,000. Despite being a Florida car it had snow chains in the spare tire well; it's just gotten weirder and weirder ever since.
Engine: 3.1 MPFI V6 boat anchor
Transmission: 3t40 3-speed automatic boat anchor
Suspension: Bastard hybrid of decent sway bars with crap struts/shocks (FE2)
The options on this car made little sense. Sunroof, crank windows, no intermittent wipers, no rear window defogger, AM/FM radio, but other than that it was loaded.
First thing's first... ripped out the base radio for a lower range Pioneer that also reads MP3 and WMA CD's, and has a front aux input. Fixed the horribly lit cluster by putting an electroluminescent overlay on it and holding it down with a shiny aluminum bezel. Matching blue HVAC lighting makes it look like I matched all the controls on purpose. When the aluminum-faced radio mount gets here I will have made them all match on purpose.
Added Wal-Mart fogs. Later switched them and the base bumper lights out for black housing Z fogs. Now rocking clear Z corners with 1156 amber bulbs; I can see the turn signal over my HID headlights now. Clear side markers were put on, but have now been removed for all yellow side markers, made a day of it and switched sockets from newer GM's, too. Looks a lot less cheap, especially since I forgot to check the price of replacement bulbs for the new sockets... oof. 8000k HIDs in stock housings make oncoming traffic hate me.
Added a GT spoiler back on just in time for it to split into two pieces. I managed to do such a messed up job drilling the holes that it's still attached to the trunk quite solidly.
I have a set of Z seats coming to replace the near 20 year old, cheap cloth seats. The headliner is in two pieces on my porch, but the auto dimming compass/temperature mirror and awesome overhead map light console make up for it somehow. The dashboard is missing its vinyl and padding, and my driver's door carpet has mysteriously vanished.
My mad custom Euro converted tail lights have an added extra brake/running light where one of the reverse lights was. Hacked some LEDs into the spoiler brake light, too, so I wouldn't have to fork over thirty frickin dollars for bulbs for that thing again.
Lastly, the engine now gets to wheeze through a Styluss Customs cold air intake, and a set of 60* Inclusive headers and full 2.5" exhaust. Bounces down the road with a Cavalier strut tower brace, MRZ shock tower brace, KYB GR2 struts and shocks, and Eibach lowering springs.
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