Jeff Shook's Resto-Mod '71 SuperBee Looks Like Ma Mopar Made It This Way
"...I thought if I had bought this brand new, or ordered it, this is what I would have done."--Jeff Shook
1971 Dodge Charger SuperBee
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, Cal Trac 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 SuperBee stripes and hood graphics, and a FPAP repro "Go Wing" spoiler in back. Erie, PA'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, PA 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.