Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mods?

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Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mods?

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:46 pm

New member here, just bought my first vehicle in 6 years, a '94 Z26, found it on Craigslist for $500. It's a little rough around the edges now, but hopefully you guys can suggest some mods for me.
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Body is a little rusty (surface rust)



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby MY91GT(Z) » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:03 am

Not bad where u from??? Doesnt look rusty at all


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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby 3X00-Modified » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:06 am

Start with inspecting the undercarriage... I know it's not what you want to hear but if the rockers are rusted out, or the rear spring perches are in bad condition than any "mods" you do to this car will be a complete waste of money. Trust me, been there done that and had to find a rust free car to swap my hard work to. Now I know it will last.



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby DanteGTZ » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:23 pm

This car came from Asheville, right? I texted the owner about it but he wouldn't send pics... :(


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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby Squeeze » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:14 am

Nice car, mine was a craigslist find too. And yeah these cars rust, mine has a little on the rockers but for what It's main purpose as a commuter car I'll be okay with it.


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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby 3X00-Modified » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:22 am

Try to stop whats there now because a little visible rust on the rockers means quite a bit on the inside of the rocker. They rot from the inside out in that area and will go quick. Trust me I can see the ground through the rockers on my old 95.



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby themixer » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:34 pm

exactly what he said ^^^^^^ L bodies rust like crazy



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:17 pm

Yes, this car is in Asheville, I live just 20 minutes north of Asheville (Weaverville). I just got it home last night, wasn't able to inspect the undercarriage as of yet due to the snow we're getting (woke up to my Beretta covered in about a foot of snow, pix coming soon). I do know that there is surface rust on the roof, as well as the hood (which I want to replace with a cowl hood eventually). The interior could use a bit of cleaning up, the carpet has to be replaced due to a driver's side leak (which is really not bad at all), and the trunk needs a new trunk liner and trunk seal due to it sitting under that tree. It runs and handles pretty well so far to have 178.5k miles on it, save for the power surges I experienced bringing it home (don't worry, shopping for a battery now). I thought the front tires were completely bald but they seem to have a decent amount of tread left. All electrical functions work, original cassette player included, and the owner's manual still has the original Chevrolet cassette tape in the flap. Now, if I can disable the door lock safety issue, that'd be great...



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:18 pm

DanteGTZ wrote:This car came from Asheville, right? I texted the owner about it but he wouldn't send pics... :(

Yes. And I love it so far. He originally wanted $600 for it but I talked him down to $500



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:29 pm

More pics of the Beretta. These are random shots of the condition of exterior and interior, as well as one of the engine bay and one of the rear undercarriage (the only look I could get so far). I apopogise for the orientation of some photos, it's freezing outside.
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Passenger Side view
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Tried to get the rear seats (yes, that is spare parts, the automatic transmission gasket and automatic transmission filter from AC Delco, BNIP)
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Interior (Notice the driver side carpet condition. It's a little rough. And the driver side left bolster rip is the only flaw, save for the stain on the passenger seat cushion area.)
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Engine Bay (yes, I know, but at least it runs right now) LOL
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In front of my house when I woke up this morning



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:04 pm

Well, after a brief analysis of my Beretta, I've narrowed my findings to the following maintenance issues:
1) Tune Up/Oil Change
2) Serpentine Belt Replacement
3) Battery
4) Front Tires



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:34 pm

Late Pics (these include the rear undercarriage only, the front is too low for me to take a peek due to front bumper), get it legal Wednesday morning (payday) :)
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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:41 pm

Squeeze wrote:Nice car, mine was a craigslist find too. And yeah these cars rust, mine has a little on the rockers but for what It's main purpose as a commuter car I'll be okay with it.

Yeah, I noticed that. Surface rust affected the following areas of mine:
1) Hood.
2)Various areas of rooftop.
3) "C" pillar right above right rear window.

But you're right. I guess that's just the joys of owning a Beretta, right?



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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby 1988GTU » Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:02 pm

u didnt take any pictures of the rocker panels underside or door jams. Any pics of the spring perches would be entertaining too...


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Re: Just Bought My First Beretta ('94 Z26), any ideas for mo

Postby tyeira_94_z26 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:03 pm

1988GTU wrote:u didnt take any pictures of the rocker panels underside or door jams. Any pics of the spring perches would be entertaining too...

I will take those pics tomorrow, I get my tags, inspection, and title transfer then, I can't wait to finally get her on the road!




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