Whether the Mopar of your dreams is a rare-optioned one like Doug and Karen's Bee or a more common Dodge or Plymouth, the research you do before getting your project underway will pay off in the long run, according to Karen. "Talk to a lot of people. there are a lot of people out there who are wiling to help you out."
'71 Dodge Charger Super Bee
Doug and Karen Gerlitzki
New Holland, Pa
Total '71 Dodge Charger production: 73,785 Total '71 Dodge Charger Super Bee production: 5,054 Total '71 Dodge Charger Super Bee production (383/four-speed): 766
Mopar Power Engine: Race Krafters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took a date-coded 383 block and went to town with it-giving it a good cleaning, an .040-inch overbore, deck-squaring, and honing with a torque plate attached. The low-deck B engine then got Speed Pro 8.8:1 pistons on stock forged-steel rods, a stock forged-steel crank, a Lunati hydraulic flat-tappet cam, plus a set of 383 heads that got the full super mod porting job and a set of Manley 2.14-inch intake/1.81-inch exhaust valves. Going the resto route meant an original Holley 4190 four-barrel on a stock iron intake, plus stock ignition and exhaust parts. Transmission: A-833 with a pistol-grip Hurst shifter.
Sure Grip Suspension: Restored Rallye suspension package with front torsion bars/rear leafs, heavy-duty shocks, and front antisway bar. Rearend: The OEM 3.23-geared, Sure Grip-equipped, 8-3/4-inch rear got the full-on resto treatment. Brakes: Original power front disc (with 11-inch rotors); rear drum setup restored to showroom-new. >Wheels: This is one serious restoration-no substituting larger, fenderwell-filling rolling stock. Here you see factory optional, OEM-size (14 x 5-1/2-inch) Rallyes on F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas bias-belted tires.
High Impact Body: Original '71 Dodge Charger with an N96 Air Grabber hood. No fiberglass parts were used during restoration. Bodywork and paint prep by Custom Classics, Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Paint: PPG Urethane Guards Red basecoat/clearcoat was applied by Custom Classics, Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Interior: Restored by Rodge Hoover at Auto Interior Plus, Holtwood, Pennsylvania. Carpets and seat covers by YearOne. Stock front buckets/rear bench, Tuff steering wheel, rear defroster, Air Grabber switch, 150-mph speedometer, and dash-mounted amber reverse indicator light were replaced or restored to their original functions. Sound system: AM/FM radio with floor-mounted cassette player and front/rear speakers.
Dodge dropped the advertised...
Dodge dropped the advertised horsepower rating for the Super Bee's 383 down to 300 for 1971. This Race Krafters-built 383 is good for at least that much!
Graphics were still a big...
Graphics were still a big part of Dodge's Scat Pack in 1971. The Super Bee and Charger both had distinctive hood graphics, with or without the optional Ramcharger cold-air hood.