Jim credits Mr. Six Pack, Bob Karakashian of Farmington Hills, Michigan, for his guidance during the restoration process. "Bob bought a red one of these [Six Pack Bees] new and still has his," Jim says. "I call him for advice. I can almost run as fast as him, but I'm sure he keeps a few tricks to himself. Even if he didn't, he's [a lot] lighter than I am, so I won't be able to beat him."
The Bee takes in air through the huge hoodscoop nostrils and sends it out through dual DynoMax Ultra Flow mufflers. The fiberglass hood and the "Six Pack" lettering on the hoodscoop are the only indicators (besides Jim's plates) that this is more than an oridinary Super Bee. The optional dummy sidescoops on the rear quarters weren't selected. "Bob opted not to order the sidescoops when he bought his," Jim says. "There's a company that sells stock repros, but I'm kind of wishy-washy about it. Some days I like them; some days I don't, and you're probably talking about another hundredth of a second onto your time."
The flat black fiberglass hood is another example of strip-minded thinking. It is held in place by four pins and has no hinges-great for reducing race weight, but it turns a simple task like checking the oil into a two-person job. Still, Jim has no intentions of modifying the Bee to make it any more convenient. He has made one exception: While he runs the bias-ply tires to race, he does have a set of 15x7 wheels with radials for street cruising.
"I like it the way it is," he says. "Disc brakes would be nice, because I have to use both feet to stop at the strip. [The drums] are not even self-adjusting. But it is a smooth cruiser and it scoots good. I don't see any reason to [modify it] when I'm beating 5.0 Mustangs using headers and slicks, with my closed exhaust system and bias-ply tires."