Ive owned the car since high school (1985). It's the second car Ive ever owned, the first was a 70 coronet
A friend found it for me in a backyard of a local Mopar collector.
At the time I did not even no they made a '71 Bee and did not know much about it, all I knew was it looked cool and ran good.
I spun a rod bearing the first year, but kept the original engine for many years until rebuild around 1998. In the mean time had 383s and a 440-spun rod bearings on all. I was young, I loved rpms. Anyways I did what I could afford,but I'm proud of the fact that all work was done by me. Ive been a mechanic since I was a kid working with my dad.
The paint is about 10 years old already, but car has been in the garage at all times and never driven in winter. It's complete numbers matching block and tranny.
Over the years I went from 3:23 to 3:91 sure grip-both engine and tranny I rebuilt-engine 030 over-284-484 cam and fully balanced. Ive done the interior myself and engine compartment. The body was in pretty good shape when I bought it, trunk and floor boards are great. The car had so much undercoating, was also Ziebart undercoating, still has Ziebart sticker in rear window.
Ive won alot of local trophies with it, about the only thing Ive changed from factory is white top. I put on this summer, matches white interior perfect. Came from factory with black top. Also added '71R/T louvered hood section-still have original Bee piece, and added '71R/T louvered taillights-still have original charger taillights.
Window sticker done by Galen Govier, he did it off the broadcast sheet. He forgot two options, hood pins and variable wipers, how many Chargers you've seen with hood pins and inside hood release. A pain in the ass, unlatch hood pins, go inside car pop hood release, go back out undo safety latch. This hood isn't going no where!