1968 Dodge Super Bee: Reader Ride

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Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee
Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee
Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee
Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee

Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee

1968 Dodge Super Bee: Reader Ride
Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee

 

Stuart Tangey's 1968 Dodge Super Bee

I bought it not long landed off a guy in Melbourne who was getting divorced. He’d only had it five months and it was fully registered. I was looking for a Charger and this popped up. After breaking down the body number I found it was super-rare. Probably the only post-style Super Bee in Australia and there’s not many left in the world. It’s got a pillar in the middle and a pop-out vent window rather than a wind-down window and it’s worth about triple what I paid for it.

I’ve done heaps of work on it. When I got it, the paint was terrible. I spent a week slicing and buffing it, just to make the black look nice and the silver look even nicer. When I drove it back from Melbourne, it was squeaking off its head. Nothing was greased on it, so I greased every corner and then it sounded like a limo.

It never felt like a big-block either. It just seemed to be missing that real shove. After a bit of diagnosis we worked out that it had the wrong firing order, so we fixed that. It had no voltage regulator so we put one of those in and three carbies later I’ve got the right combination and now it’s too scary to drive around town, so now I’m going to try to pull some power out of it.

It’s nice to have something different. It does get a lot of attention. People say "How long have you had this?" and I say "Four years" and they tell me they haven’t seen it out much. It just stays inside most of the time. It’s the car that I shouldn’t have because I’m too fussy. I’m forever polishing wheels and keeping it clean. The underneath of that car is just as good as the outside – it’s all two-pack silver. If I go through a puddle, it’s up on
stands and I’m under it cleaning it. At the Cruising Nationals, the people were saying "Where’s the photos of the street sweeper cleaning the road in front of you?

 

 

 


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