My Beretta is undergoing some serious upgrades this winter. I hope that I don’t run out of money before I’m done! I’m completely replacing the front suspension with Blistein Struts, Adco sway bars, poly bushings, and a set of Eibach springs. I’m also going the same way on the rear with poly sway bar bushings as well as the Adco Blistein Eibach combo. Next I headed into the engine... As most people know, the 3400 SFI is almost a complete direct swap for the 3100. I have one of these on an engine stand in my garage being rebuilt. It only had about 45,000 on it, but (found it in a totaled van!) but I replaced the entire valve train with stiffer springs, stainless steel valves, aluminum rockers and a reground cam with profile that gives me a little more low end torque to get me off the line quicker. As far as the bottom end goes, I have a forged steel crank, as well as aftermarket bearings. Stronger connecting rods, light high compression racing pistons, and aluminum flywheel. The heads are shaved (did them myself actually! I’m a machinist!) About 60 thousandths, with the intake ported, polished and machined to match up nicely. I also fabricated an adapter plate for the 62mm throttle body that goes along with the 36 lb fuel injectors, and Walboro 255lhp fuel pump. Helped along nicely with my incredibly expensive custom made 440 stainless steel headers, and 2.5" stainless steel exhaust already on my Z. I have also purchase Powerdyne supercharer. Internally belt driven, unlike the Vortec I had planned on using, with bleeds off boost to atomize engine oil, which is sprayed onto the gears inside... My main turn off was the realization that engine oil get up to 200 degrees. My Z also currently has an F.A.S.T. programmable ECU, as well as MSD ignition, which will carry over to the new engine. The sc has to be installed with the blower in the place of the alt, and the alt has to be moved in place of the AC. I also made a "skid plate" for the alt to protect it from crap off the road. The hardest part is already done, which was converting my car from auto to manual. The Z26 wasn’t offered with a manual trans, but I put a Getrag 5 speed in anyway, with a Centerforde clutch. In all reality, the biggest headache about THAT was installing the pedal... hahahaha. My initial estimates are around 9.5 to 1 compression, and if I can hold at least 12.5:1 Air fuel ratio, I should come off the dyno with about 275whp, and to be perfectly honest I am being conservative. After all work is completed, my only problem will be launching this thing without smoking the tires off the rims... I’m investing in set of Eagle F1's that WILL fit on my stock alum Z26 rims... It will look real nice with the 50 profile tires and the small wheel gap that the Eibachs gave me. And to be able to stop all that power, i needed to replace the crap rear drum brakes and went with 11" slotted and drilled 4 wheel disc brakes. Really gonna slow her down good. All in all it is a huge project. So I’m gonna get back to work!!