Like most young enthusiasts, 16-year-old Emery Bennett is working on a tight budget. It was so small he had to get a loan for his '68 Coronet 440. The limited budget hasn't prevented him from bringing this great looking car back to life though. With the assistance of his father, Emery has constructed an excellent daily driver for himself, one that has cemented him into the hobby for life.
Emery has owned the Coronet for a little over a year now. The white B-Body wears Super Bee decals but Emery assures us it's not a Bee. Without a lot of money to spend, he has become a tinkerer, and is determined to get the car into shape. "Before I bought the car it was being used as a race car," he claims. That meant the interior was gutted and the body was in rough shape. His father gave him a hand while he revamped the interior. Starting with only makeshift bucket seats and the original back seat, everything was torn apart. New carpet was installed and a factory bench seat was tracked down and reupholstered along with the rear seats. He also had custom door panels made to complete the interior.
With the inside of the Coronet taken care of, his next goal is to knock out the exterior. As his budget allows, he would like to replace the rear quarter panels. He already has them but needs to find time to install them the "right way," and he would like to go with a black Bumble Bee stripe on the car. The car's roots as a racer were evident inside the trunk where it was hacked up to make room for a fuel cell. Emery repaired the trunk floor and replaced the fuel cell with a factory gas tank supported by new straps.
Under the hood a 400 was in place and provides plenty of go power for the B-Body. His interests are elsewhere for now, but at some point he would like to build a hearty 383 to power the car around town.
With one Mopar in the garage, there is bound to be more for this Young Gun. He would like to get a '70 Charger and a '70 Road Runner next. Until then, he says he will focus on his pride and joy, the Coronet. His experience under the hood of the Coronet has opened his mind and he now wants to open a restoration shop where he can restore classic cars in poor condition. We're sure there are many fine years ahead for this Coronet and Emery.
Emery has spent a great deal of time working on his Coronet and it has been time well spen
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