1971 Super Bee Dodge Charger

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   Russell Morgan - GY8 383, Auto

I have been a big Mopar advocate all my life, and have bought and sold hundreds of them, but have never considered selling my 'Bee. It's not as pretty as some of the others on your sight, because it is a survivor. And I truly mean a survivor. It is still in pretty good shape to have not been babied, but it has not lived out in the weather either. I have hesitated restoring it, because I know where every ding and scratch came from, when and how. You know, a life time of memories. My car was like an Iron Eagle around me. No one drove my car except me, and if I was not able to drive, it was parked until I could drive. The big problem was that I didn't like to park it, so I drove it, and drove it hard. A little over a year after I bought it. I spun a bearing, and had to park it for a while. So I quit college, got a job, and took out a loan at the bank just to spend on my car. The motor and trans was pulled and rebuilt like no other street cars were built back then. With a little help from Petty Enterprise, we built my 383 to turn nine grand on the street, and we really made it happen. You see, when you grow up in North Carolina, in the heart 'Shine country, you learn a few things about fast cars, and the people that know how make them go fast, and stay on the road. We set my car up for top end fun, not quarter mile duty. The suspension was up graded and lowered and the rear deck spoiler was adjusted for max down force. The trans was built to take anything I could give it. I mean, it would shift manually up or down at any speed or RPM, but could still be put in Drive and it would shift automatically. So the way I drove it when racing top end was like this. From 0 to 65 in first, from 65 to 125 in second and at 125 bump it into drive and have the entire power band ahead of me. It would start starving for fuel after 165. The 950 cfm Holley couldn't keep up. I started to up grade to more carburetion, but I was out of money by then. I drove it this way for a couple of year, spun another bearing, so I parked it for a while and finished college. After college, and landing a career job, I pulled the Bee out of storage and dropped in a nice 440 with a six pack and started driving it back and forth to work from time to time. I used it to date on, and even proposed to my wife in it. After I got married, my wife drove it to work a few time a week in nice weather, but the local bow ties and blue ovals worried the crap out of her. So I put in a set of 3.91:1 gears and taught her how to "Drive" it. They all soon backed off!. Well after a few years of fun, life began to happen. You know, kids, a house, deaths, divorce, etc. Still I hung on to the bee. Hell, it was the only thing I had left after the divorce, except my tools and cloths. So I have moved several times, changed jobs a few times, changed wives a few time, owned and sold many great Mopars, but the only real constant has been the Superbee. I will most likely get started bringing it back to life again within the next year. It's past time, and it deserves it's time in the lime light, and on the streets once again.

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