If you find a less-than-rare Mopar and you want to bring its handling, steering, stopping, and acceleration into the 21st Century, Jeff offers this advice. "If you're going to have a driver, a restomod is, to me, the way to go. To have the modern convenience of better stopping power and handling, the upgrades are phenomenal.
"It doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on a car, leave it stock, and intend to drive it a lot. If you're going to trailer it to shows, and not take it out on the road and run it, that's fine. But to thoroughly enjoy your investment, these modern upgrades are the way to go."
Gauge cluster is a restored original, the OEM AM/FM radio controls a 10-disc CD changer in
..... Other than all that-and the Legendary two-tone seat covers-it looks the way a loaded
.....In back, you can see the CalTracs traction bars at the heart of the 21st Century-tech
'71 Dodge Charger Super Bee
Owned by: Jeff Shook, Hawley, Pennsylvania
- Engine: Originally a 383 car, Jeff's Bee now sports a Mike Mastin Engineering-built 440 bored and stroked to 496 cubic inches, wearing Edelbrock heads and intake, a Holley four-barrel, Mopar Performance electronic ignition (and their black crinkle-finish valve covers and air cleaner), with tti headers breathing into a 3-inch exhaust system with Dynomax mufflers.
- Transmission: Passon Performance's overdrive four-speed manual stirred with an OEM-style pistol-grip shifter replaced the original 727.
- Rearend: Serious Mopars carry serious rear-end hardware, and this one doesn't get more serious than a DTS Dana filled with Strange axles and a 4.10-geared Detroit Tru-Trac differential. Seriously.
- Suspension: Heavy-duty, 21st Century-style: (Front) Reilly Motor Sports' tubular A-arms with QA1 coilovers, (Rear) Calvert Racing split monoleaf springs, CalTrac traction bars and Strange adjustable shocks
- Brakes: Wilwood discs with 4-piston calipers at all corners are much more HD than the OEM pieces ever were.
- Wheels and Tires: Center Line "Nomad" wheels (16 x 7 inches in front, 16 x 9 1/2 inches in rear) wearing Cooper "Cobra" radials (235/55R16 front, 295/50R16 in rear) fill the fenderwells.
- Body: Original '71 Charger unibody got a needed second restoration, which R.J. Cars pulled off brilliantly. They replaced the Bee's rusted steel while adding a set of US Car Tool frame connectors, repro '71 Super Bee stripes and hood graphics, and a FPAP repro "Go Wing" spoiler in back. Erie, Pennsylvania's Advanced Custom Chrome re-chromed both of the Bee's bumpers.
- Paint: R-M's FC7 Plum Crazy Metallic, sprayed on by C.J. Tremper at R.J. Cars, Arkport, New York.
- Interior: Legendary Auto Interiors does it again, with custom purple/black vinyl covers for the rear bench and front buckets (with empossed "Super Bee" logos on the headrests). There's also an A/M repro "Tuff" steering wheel, a restored Rallye gauge cluster by Brent Ball, and a stock AM/FM radio updated by Retro Radio Restoration, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, with a trunk-mounted 10-disc CD player and Cerwin Vega speakers. Upholstery installed by Ron Halbritter, Clyde, New York. All other interior installations done by R.J. Cars.