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Muscle Car Restoration: 1969 Dodge Superbee

Muscle Car Restoration (MCR) was started in the summer of 1988 when John Balow and a few acquaintances began putting their talents to sheet metal and making a hobby into a full-on business. During the first couple years, John worked full-time for Xerox, forcing him to build in his spare time. He did little in the way of promoting MCR, but through reputation and word of mouth the business took off. By the early 90’s, some of the cars his team had restored started appearing in magazines - which increased his national exposure and of course was good for business. Muscle Car Restoration is a team of expert custom metal fabricators, chassis and custom carbon fiber parts builders, and chassis dyno tuners. They continue to work hard to earn and protect the trust each customer has in them.

MCR is coming out of the gate swinging this year, bringing along a ‘69 Superbee that has a list of parts we can barely wrap our brains around. To get things started, the classic Mopar is harnessing the power of a 572ci Hemi with 10.25:1 compression, Mopar Performance heads and block, custom Ross racing pistons, K1 Technologies crank and rods, and a Cam Motion hydraulic camshaft. At the rear wheels, the 572ci Hemi is pumping out 476 hp and a stump-pulling 704 lb/ft. Of course, if that’s not enough, the motor is producing 544 hp and 745 lbs/ft. on a small hit of nitrous. Shifting through the gears is a 4L80E MasterShift automatic shifter, passing the power to 4:40:1 gears in the rear. The frame sits on an RMS Street Lynx suspension, and hugs the road with Budnik wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires at all 4 corners – 29x15x20 in the rear and 26x10x18 up front. Doing the stopping are Wilwood 13-inch drilled rotors behind each wheel. The body has a mini tub, but other than that it looks stock. It was painted in-house with PPG’s silver 2 stage base and clear. The interior has fresh, red leather-wrapped seats sitting atop a red carpet. The instrumentation is 100% custom, which sits nicely in the custom dash. Would you believe it gets an estimated 11.5mpg? Not too shabby for such a big-block car.

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