This site is a place to display the pics of my 1970 Super Bee during the restoration process
I had always been a fan of musclecars. I owned a number of muscle and classic cars in the early '80's until the early '90's including a 1970 Chevelle, a 1966 and 1967 Cutlass, a '67 Impala SS HT and a '67 Impala SS convertible and my 1970 Olds 442 W30. I sold off the last of them to concentrate on raising a family and recently I finally decided it was time to get back into musclecars.
The first thing I did was to make a list of the musclecars I'd like to own. I found something I liked in almost every make since my interests are fairly broad. Once I had my list, I crossed off anything I felt was too expensive (there went the L88 'vettes, 427 Cobras and Hemi E-bodies!). As I started looking I told myself to buy the best condition car I could afford. Unfortunately, I ignored my own advice!
I found my Super Bee in the local Auto Trader and went to take a look. The car I found was interesting to say the least, but it needed a LOT of work. The good news was the car is an original V code, 6 Pack car with the numbers matching original motor, the body numbers matched the VIN, the original fender tag was still present and most of the really rare stuff was there (carbs, intake, ramcharger ductwork, etc.) AND the body was in pretty good shape with far less than average rust for a 35 year old B-body Dodge.
The BAD news was that the car was the victim of a poor attempt of an amature restoration quite some time ago which was never completed. Icing on the cake was the numerous missing bits and pces. The seller claimed that the car was complete and 100% rust free, but even laying on my back in an underground parkade with a dim flashlight, I could tell that the description was "optimistic".
Ultimately, I bought the car against my better judgement. I think I felt sorry for it and I've been working to restore it to it's former glory ever since.
Decoding the fender tag tells us that this car has the following options and equipment;
E87 = 440-6 bbl
D32 = HD 727
WM = Super Bee
23 = 2dr Hardtop
V = 440-6bbl
0 = 1970
A = Lynch Rd. assy plant
EF8 = Dark Green metallic
H2F8 = High trim level green vinyl bench seat interior
EF8 = Dark Green metallic upper door trim
C18 = Scheduled Production Date, December 18th, 1969
V1X = Black Vinyl Roof
N96 = Ramcharger fresh air hood
123 = 440-6bbl, auto trans, heater, 390hp, orange
053 = rear axle code, 3.23 sure grip, 8 3/4, 10" rear drum, front disk
672 = 727 automatic transmission, 440-6bbl engine.
That's about all the info available on the Lynch Rd. built car's tags although the lack of a V88 stripe delete code as well as traces of black stipe material behind the marker lights indicates an original black stripe. I'm not sure if it was a longitudinal stripe or a bumble bee stripe as both were available, but I prefer the bumble bee stripe so that's the direction the car is headed. The car had 15" steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps, so I'm going to stick with those as well.
Check out the progress pictures under "My Pics"
Update, February 12, 2009
After some delays due to a move and finishing a new shop, I'm back to work on the car. The current goal is to have it finished this spring/summer. I'll be posting some new pics over the next couple months.
Special Thanks to:
- Randy at Macaw Autobody www.macawautobody.com
- Gerry at Okanagan Engine Rebuilders
- Vic Porcher http:/web.mac.com/vpporcher/site/home.html
- Jules D'Addio www.julesdaddio.com
- Mike Ross at B/E&A Parts www.beaparts.com
- Jacks Auto www.jacksautoparts.com
- ECS Automotive Concepts www.ecsautomotive.com
- Legendary Auto Interiors www.legendaryautointeriors.com
- Dante's Parts www.dantesparts.com
- Bill Overcash
- Blair at T.H.E. Transmission Shop
- Rob Yule
- Year One www.yearone.com
- Okanagan Radiator
- Autoinstruments www.autoinstruments.com
- Bob Karakashian
- 440 Source www.440source.com
- Mark Thompson
- Sheldon Orser
- my Dad, Michael Pelletier and my son, Steven
....and all my friends on Moparts.com
I've built this car to be legal for Pure Stock drag racing www.purestockdrags.com and hopefully there will be some events closer to the west coast as this type of racing gains popularity. In the meantime, I'll be taking the car to the track for some fine tuning.