"It's a scenario that I never thought would happen to me. I believed I was the kind of person who would get a project car and finish it as soon as I possibly could. Little did I realize that "as soon as I could," never came this time.
Several years ago, I introduced our Project Super Bee and told you of my plans to build a killer ride. I had high hopes of the things I would do to the car and could envision the end product. Again, little did I know that time would not be kind to my directing any working efforts towards the car. Over the years, the car had been relegated to storage under a canvas tent, in my home garage, and in various rental units for some time. During its stint under the tent, it also endured five hurricanes that all passed directly over the Bolig house. So I had to make a decision. I could either sell the 'Bee to someone who actually had the time to complete the project, or find someone to help me finish it.
Lucky for me, I found a shop that agreed to take on the project. Jack Irons of Unlawful Racing in Ortonville, Michigan, and I were talking one day while installing one of his triangulated four-link rear suspensions in the 'Bee and one thing led to another when he finally said the magic words: "Why don't you just let me do the paint and bodywork?" That was all it took. He said it, and I wasn't letting him back out. The 'Bee was going to get finished after all.
It was decided early on that this car was not going to be a concours-style restoration. The original engine and transmission was already missing, so it could never be completely correct. So from the beginning, a restomod type of ride was the plan. We would build the car by using the latest and greatest parts available, and build a killer ride that we could drive anywhere. The car was to look almost stock but would be updated in ways you might not necessarily notice at first. By the time you read this, the car will be finished, and many of you will have already seen it-hopefully not broken down along the side of the road. So let's get started, as we finally dive into the Project 'Bee, and show you how it all came together.