69 Super Bee Rebuild (my way)

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  1. hunt2elk

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    Figured I would get a resto thread going on my car. Just need to forewarn everyone that I am not in the same league as moparnation74, Cranium, dadsbee, and many others on here as far as numbers this and numbers that and exact colors here and there. Not that there is anything wrong with that, in fact I wish I did have the ability to restore stuff like these guys.
    Anyway, been looking for a 1969 Bee to restore for about 10 years now. They seem to be a lot harder to find than other models for some reason, I suppose because less were made in the first place. I also had certain options that were important to me, but after so many years of searching, I decided I would probably never find exactly what I wanted. Ran across this car last fall and decided to buy it and build it the way I would have ordered it if I had bought it new. Figured I better get going on one before I get to old and feeble. A friend of a friend had drug it from California to his home south of Indianapolis. He bought it in boxes the same as me about 10 years ago. He started to get the body done by taking it to a shop to get the bodywork done and in primer. He then bought a new house and didn't have enough space for all his cars, so a couple had to go. I talked to him a bunch and got piles of pictures before going to look at it. He is a car guy as far as cosmetics go, but has no idea what it is like to strip a car down to the shell and start from scratch. He was told the car was taken down to bare metal, body work done, and put in primer. So the wife and I hooked up a trailer to make the 11 hour drive south. The car ended up being fairly complete and in halfway decent condition. It was in primer, but I could tell the work that was done on it was not up to my standards. Used that as a bargaining chip to get a bit off the asking price, but still paid to much imo. That's the way it goes with these things though, but I finally had a 69 Bee. First pic of when we saw it in Indiana for the first time, and then back in my garage. So I hope I don't offend anyone (because there will be modifications made to the car), but here we go!

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    • Cncguy1

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      Looks good can't wait to see it come together.
       
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      • moparnation74

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        Joel

        So happy to see you started a thread here! I love bees and a post car to boot, very nice!

        I also love the utilization of the trailer to spread out the parts........

        I completely agree with your statement above about making the car your own....That’s what I do with my builds, some like it and some don’t......in the end I have to be happy with my car, no matter what anyone thinks. So I really appreciate what your going to do with your car!

        This will be an enjoyable thread to follow and you will do this car some justice!

        What will be the changes you prefer?
         
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        • 91r/t

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          Stickin with the same color? 4 speed conversion? Please tell :D:popcorn2:
           
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            Cool another restoration to watch! :popcorn2:
             
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            • hunt2elk

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              Here is what I started with. Plans are to convert to a 4-speed and bucket seats. Change the color to T5 copper and thinking a white rump stripe. Torque boxes and frame connectors. Set the #'s motor in the corner of the garage and have a 470 built.

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              • hunt2elk

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                My wife wont drive anything but manual transmissions, so 4-speed it is.
                 
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                • moparnation74

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                  Also nice that part of this conversion includes the spouse!

                  T5 will look amazing on this car!

                  4apd and a 470.......this will be a fun car to enjoy!

                  White interior?
                   
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                  • hunt2elk

                    hunt2elk FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                    Howdy Don. Seems just like yesterday we were both restoring second generation Chargers. Time sure does fly by, guess it was more like 5-6 years ago. You getting close yet?
                     
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                    • hunt2elk

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                      Yep, I got very lucky and ended up with the greatest wife in the world. It has black interior and I am staying with that. I just love T5 and think this color combo is just flat out sexy.

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                        Great project and can't wait to see the progress.
                         
                      • FrnkNsteen

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                        Nice choice! this will be fun to watch come together.
                         
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                        Hi ya Joel,
                        5-6 years? Has it been that long? WOW! That's hard to believe.
                        Am I getting close yet? In a word...... no!
                        I guess working on the charger gets moved down the list of priorities.
                        I work on it what seems like all the time. I just cant seem to get enough time to make a lot of progress. I guess it's called life! That's ok though, if it takes me 10+ years then that's how it is.
                         
                      • moparnation74

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                        I do agree with you in the color choice.....this will be a car with you indefinitely.......that’s what’s fulfilling about these “real” projects built by “real” enthusiasts as yourself!

                        Happy wife and happy Moparing!
                         
                      • 747mopar

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                        Sweet, another Hunt build! You don't give yourself enough credit, you did a remarkable job on your Charger numbers this and that or not. Some like OEM and some build them to drive em, I like your style myself but can't argue the work put into making one correct either. Looking forward to watching, hopefully my next build at least on this forum will be just a few months behind you.. getting close to starting.
                         
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                        • ACME A12

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                          Nice project. Love the post cars.
                           
                        • moparjohnny

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                          i was hoping you would do a thread with the bee.
                           
                        • Bill Monk

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                          Looks like your way is working out well! Good to see you making progress, it's going to be awesome! I look forward to your updates
                           
                        • dadsbee

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                          COOL ! Build away and enjoy the "liberty route". My next car will be a resto mod with EVERYTHING blacked out! LOL :thumbsup:
                           
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                          Looks like a solid car to start with. For sure build them the way YOU want. Have you thought of going with a overdrive trans like a Tremec? A 470 5spd and 355 or 373s = more smiles per miles. Going to follow this for sure.
                           
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