1971 Super Bee Dodge Charger

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   Robin Krueger - FC7 PLUM CRAZY

1971 DODGE SUPER BEE 383 4bbl Auto --- TRANSFROMED INTO a 440 6-PK, 4-SPD

By Robin Krueger

I bought this car in Dec. of 1983. It took me roughly 10 years to complete. The original price I paid for it was $975.It was basically a rolling chassis, no engine but had a transmission and rear end. I found it in a local sports car trader magazine and it was located in the desert community of Apple Valley Ca. It must have been the home of all the neighborhood mice because it was full of seeds and nuts.

After bringing it home I decided that since the original engine was gone I would build it the way I would have wanted it if I had ordered it new in late 1970. It was originally a 383-auto car, but now it is a 440 six pack 4-speed car. Complete with ramcharger hood and pistol grip shifter. Which by the way, the hood setup cost more than the original price I paid for the car? It is pretty loaded up for a Super Bee, bucket seats, power steering and power disc brakes were original to the car. I added power windows, factory tach in dash as well as a strato-vent heater box system. All remnants of air conditioning are gone (fire wall and dash frame.)

This car was originally white with gun metal/blue interior and black vinyl top. As you can now tell it is Plum Crazy with black interior and still black top. Having color-matched the bumpers, I chose R/T style rear taillights, as these are correct for color-matched bumper cars.

The engine is .020 over 72 block with Chrysler six-pack replacement cam and Keith Black 10:1 compression pistons. I used 452 heads with a mild port and polish job done to them. Joe Reath Automotive in Long Beach Ca. did the engine for me and it runs very strong. Pretty mild actually, but makes for a very good street car. The rear end was originally 323 open but now is a 355 sure grip. A 2 1/2 inch exhaust system with Flow Master mufflers rounds out the exhaust system with the addition of the bullet tips. Thanks goes out to Sam Bernardeau for the great paint job, Greg Buelinger of Accurate Restorations and Jose from Alondra Auto Trim.

Thank You Robin Krueger

Questions and or comments about the car please e-mail Robin Krueger at: rlkrueger1@yahoo.com

Questions and or comments about body and paint work e-mail Sam Bernardeau at: berna4406@yahoo.com

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