My 1994 DGGM "Base" - The "other"..."base"

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My 1994 DGGM "Base" - The "other"..."base"

Postby Baims_91Base » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:17 am

I'm not sure I've really given this car much of a true introduction - I think I've mentioned it here and there because I've been asked about where my GTU has gone, but that's been about it. I got this car from my grandmother about a year ago when I decided I was done putting money into my GTU. (It had some rust issues with a 300k+ mile midwestern chassis - it also developed an external coolant leak and on the engine around the one of the heads and block on the 3.1L I had in there for the last 50k miles of the car's life.) My grandma was the 2nd owner of this car and has only owned it the past 5 years prior to giving it to me - she bought it with maybe 34k or 37k miles on it from a guy in town. (My mom also happened to worked with the original owner for many years so I'm aware of the full line of ownership of this car - even have the original window sticker.)

Anyways, I'll start off with the factory specs of my 4th Beretta (only 2 currently living and on the roster):

1994 Beretta Base - Dark Green Gray Metallic Paint (Rare for a '94 to have)
2.2L MPFI engine
Automatic transmission
Power locks
Rear defrost
A/C

...and that's it - another optioned-down base Beretta to drive again, haha! I don't even have tilt on the steering column in this one - I'm going to have to swap that out eventually.

It is interesting to have a somewhat 'stock' version of the Beretta you've modded. ;) Although I'm getting bothered that this one is an automatic now - considering another conversion down the road (unfortunately not a priority right now.)

The last major upgrade I did to this car was install power windows - my 3rd Beretta conversion. (Just can't stand crank windows!) Although when I pulled out the carpet, I found that even low-mileage Berettas aren't spared from the curse. Wet carpet padding all along the passenger's side! :( Not sure how long it's been leaking for, but I'm glad I caught it when I did!

Things I've done or added since owning the car:

Added 94 2.2L full gauge cluster (swapped in my factory odometer roll)
Power window conversion
Z04 foglight switch installed (thinking about doing Z04 lighting in the base bumper, but hate even touching things on this car when nothing's wrong with them - switch is useless for now, but there just in case, haha)
Power trunk release with button from 97+ Malibu (hidden in center console under armrest)
FFP aluminum/polyurethane lower dogbone
Polyurethane upper motor mount insert
Higher-flowing intake with cone filter
Alpine CDA-7893 CD player (was in my '91 forever and in my GTU after that - going strong for almost 10 years now)
Auxiliary 1/8" stereo cord ran under and through center console for iPod hookup
Custom fit, yet look stock on the outside, the G6 tweeters and Pioneer 4" speakers that were in my GTU into the kickpanels for a poor man's version of a component set - works pretty well considering it was parts I already had and it sounds far and away better than what is there stock.
Sony Xplod 6x9"s in the rear deck (also from my GTU)
Silverstar headlight bulbs
Z51 rear swaybar piggy-backed onto 93 GTZ internal rear swaybar
Strut tower brace
Black GTZ wheels
EDIT: GTZ seats (although I'd prefer to have proper light gray Z26 seats and proper door panels too...especially now that I have power windows and need different door panels anyway now)

A few more things on the horizon for this car - another set of hand-me-downs from my GTU (lowering springs and KYB's) as well as what you'll find pictured below:

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I got extremely lucky to find the GTU kit I did - believe it or not, this is not the set from my old GTU. I will also install the spoiler last, if I do at all. Really on the fence about installing it and would rather source another trunklid to drill in case I change my mind. ;)

Full directory of pictures here:

http://www.berettaspeed.com/dustin/94base/dggm_gtu/
(My stepdad took the original photos and I just re-sized and uploaded. I'll get to see them in person next weekend - I just had to get a preview for now of how they turned out.)

A couple randoms:

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What it looked like when my grandma had it - not bad, but I had to remove the pinstripe and put a decent set of wheels on it not long after I got it ;)

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This was back in 2006 when my GTU was still kicking and when it was rare to see the '91 and '94 next to each other - now it happens quite a bit.

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I've posted this one in another topic, but this is pretty much how the '94 looked prior to the 14" steelies going on again for winter.

Don't think I'm crazy for wanting to convert another base :crazy: I love the look of a clean base model, but when I had a quality GTU kit fall in my lap and after seeing everything painted up in DGGM paint, I just have to see how it turns out! I'll also probably find a decent set of tires and clean up my GTU wheels so I can start using those again.

BTW, 5am posts are the product of passing out early on a Friday night. :roll:
Last edited by Baims_91Base on Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:00 pm, edited 3 times in total.


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles

Postby weba » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:13 am

I really like that color, car is going to look great with the kit on. :)



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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles

Postby nikosuave8896 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:52 am

Was Dark Green Gray Metallic really rare for the 94's? My car was that color! Sadly, it's at the crusher from being rear ended :'(



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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles

Postby KFLO 93 GT » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:16 pm

This thing is sweet! I really like this car a lot, it really rides, drives, runs and shifts like what I closest imagine a new Beretta being like.

I think you might be somewhat crazy, but then again that'd mean I'm crazy for having GTU stuff on my GT. So cancel that idea.

It's going to look sick with the drop and painted ground effects. A unique combo to say the least, it'll be a first for my eyes.


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles

Postby scd88ga » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:35 pm

nikosuave8896 wrote:Was Dark Green Gray Metallic really rare for the 94's? My car was that color! Sadly, it's at the crusher from being rear ended :'(


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Bright Aqua / 13,683
Bright Red / 12,061
Bright White / 9,513
Black Rose / 8,674
Black / 5,614
Medium Garnet / 5,030
Med. Adriatic / 4,781
Dark Green / 3,359
Light Gray / 1,562

3.1 SFI V-6 / 47,636
2.2 MPFI I-4 / 15,745
2.3 Quad 4 / 896


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby woody90gtz » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:12 pm

I love DGGM...


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby MY91GT(Z) » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:11 pm

cant wait to see the gtu kit on and would be nice to have the gtu wheel with matching inserts



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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby snowblindburd » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:21 pm

Oh my, I like where this is heading =). It's getting me excited to work on my base again!



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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby berettaboi » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:58 pm

cack's car was really nice, this gtu kitted should look equally as beautiful


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby 95BerettaBase » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:05 pm

I actually love the look of it when your grandma owned it, even with the chrome hubcaps on it. I love the look of a clean Base. The GTU gfx are going to look great on there though.


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby Baims_91Base » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:30 pm

Just a quick teaser/update ---

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Will follow-up with more later!


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby MY91GT(Z) » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:59 pm

looks sweet now just some lowering springs to kill the gap n she all set imho



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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby dannythekid » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:04 pm

Very nice. Always been a fan of your red car.


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby scannerman » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:25 pm

add some boost.


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Re: My 1994 DGGM Base - 57k Miles - DGGMGTU?

Postby snowblindburd » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:05 pm

Looks awesome, Dustin!




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