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On Solid Ground

May 2012

By Randy Bolig

Photos: Daren Irons

MAKING OUR PROJECT CAR FINALLY LOOK LIKE A CAR

In our last installment, we showed you what it took to actually paint our project Superbee. Not only did we show you how we did it and what we used, but the suggestions we gave you will also work on your car. Now, we're finally at the stage in our build when things begin to really get us energized. Before any project car is painted, it sometimes seems that you'll never get to the end of the project, but once the paint is applied, it seems to create whole new ballgame so to speak.

So, with our new found energy, it's time to start bolting on pieces that have been, collecting dust for quite some time. When reassembling a car, installing parts in a proper order might not seem like a big deal, but for example, what if you have the car completely assembled, and then try to plumb the braking system? A schedule doesn't sound like a bad idea now, does it?

Anyway, at this stage of our project, it was time to install some of the new parts we have, and some that are simply getting reinstalled. Our schedule means that the suspension, wheels and tires, and the braking system are next on our list. Over the years, we have acquired many of the parts that we need during this stage of the build, and having them on hand and ready cuts down on the time required. So, follow along as we get our project car to finally sit on solid ground.

1. You can check out the complete install of the Reilly Motor Sports Alter-k-tion front suspension kit in our July 2007 issue. For now it's simple time to reinstall it. The Reilly kit takes into account most exhaust, engine ,oil pan, wheel/tire ,steering column, and other fitment issues, allowing you to use verity of off-the shelf parts, to keep costs at a minimum with no reinforcing necessary .

2. Our rear suspension supporting our DTS-built Dana is a kit from Unlawful Racing. It's a new triangulated four – link coilover rear suspension that is specifically designed for A-, B-, and E-Body Mopars. This rear suspension system is a self-contained unit that utilizes the original front leaf spring mounting points with its own sub frame that fits between the original frame rails. The sub frame requires minimal welding, and is a breeze to install. Their triangulated four bar system is completely adjustable for ride height, stance tire clearance, pinion angle ,instant center and more, making it appealing to all form of racing and street applications. Their system allow for more tire clearance without tubing your wheelwells.

3. Now is the perfect time to plumb your brake system, not after the engine and transmission are in place. We ordered all of our fitting, lines, and flexible hoses from Classic tube. Classic Tube has pre-bent lines available to fit just about any car, but with our modification, we close their builder kit in stainless steel.

3. Now is the perfect time to plumb your brake system, not after the engine and transmission are in place. We ordered all of our fitting, lines, and flexible hoses from Classic tube. Classic Tube has pre-bent lines available to fit just about any car, but with our modification, we close their builder kit in stainless steel.

5. This is the first time that our 500-inch engine has actually met the car. The engine is 10.5:1 compression, and feature Edelbrock Victor heads, a big solid roller, and a 1050 Dominator. It should be streetable.

6. In our February 2008 issue, we showed you the complete install of our Classic Mopar 5-Speed transmission. Now all we needed to do was paint the bell housing, and bolt it all together.

7. Our wheel and tire package for the Bee consists of a set of Bonspeed Quasar wheel, measuring 18x7 1/2 – inches with 4 ¾ backspacing , and 19x10 inches with 5 ¼ inches of back spacing. These wheels fit with-out modifying the body at all. Tires are Bridgestone Pole Position S-04s, measuring 245/45/18 and 275/40/19.The Bridgestone tire features an asymmetric tread design with a large outboard shoulder, interlocking tread blocks and a center circumferential rib to enhance dry road steering response, high-speed stability and cornering precision. Some guys cringe when mounting tires like this, and if they don't have the proper equipment to do the job, walk out of the shop. Lucky for us, A-C Tire in Waterford, Michigan, had the tools and know how that we needed. When placing larger than stock wheels and tires on a car, the sidewall of the tire will make or break the look. If you don't have enough sidewall, it won't look right.

8. Once the engine was finally bolted in place, the last job of the day was to install the Doug's headers. We used these headers when mocking up the Alter-k-tion front suspension, so we knew they would fit without a problem. The guys at Doug's tell us, "Every Doug's header is tuned with the proper tube size and length to efficiently remove all the exhaust from each cylinder, reducing pumping losses resulting in dramatic Increase in horsepower and torque. Doug's headers are carefully developed on the vehicles they are intended to fit and rechecked numerous times during the design and manufacturing process."

9. We're getting closer to firing the engine and finally driving the Bee. In our next installment, we'll show you how we made our custom dash, and finished off the interior.