The last time we worked on our project Bee, we had already done some rust repair to the wheel tubs of the car, the rear cross member, and then we replaced the Dutchman panel. This installment takes us to the front of the car so we can make some changes there. Originally, our Bee came with the N96 Ramcharger hood that featured two scoops leading to an under hood "box" that fed cold air to the carburetor. Knowing our planned engine wasn't going to fit under the hood, we were planning to add a hood scoop to a flat hood that we got, instead of cutting our already-factory-scooped piece.

Deciding what scoop to install was a tough decision, as Mopar offered a couple of different styles that would fit on our Bee. Someone even suggested a Cowl Induction hood, but they were quickly flogged and banished from the garage. What we did finally decide on was a scoop that catches anything in its way, and came on the '68 Super Stock cars--the Hemi A-Body scoop. It's big, in your face, and looks great on our car.

The next decision involved hood pins. Our car came with factory pins, and although they do look great on a Mopar, we thought that we could find something a little different to give our Bee a cool, modern look without detracting from the rest of the car. What we found were panel latches from a company called Aerocatch. The Aerocatch securing system is a self contained fastener that gives a modern look to an old school hood securing system. Installing both pieces meant cutting metal, so while these jobs can be completed in a day, making sure of what and where you're cutting before you do it is critical.

Since we couldn't show you all of the relative images we took of this portion of our project car build, here's a few behind the scenes shots.

SOURCE
Coast Fabrication, Inc.
Huntington Beach
CA  92647
714-842-2603
http://www.coastfab.com
AAR Quality Fiberglass
Cocoa
FL
321-638-0961
www.aarqualityfiberglass.com
Outlaw Racing Engines
Pomona
CA  91786
909-931-4612