Reader’s Wheels: Scott Robinson’s 1969-1/2 Dodge 440 Super Bee A12

superbeeThis beautiful specimen of the musclecar genre pictured here is an A12 Super Bee painted code F6 Bright Green. It features a big-block 440ci V8, four-speed transmission, bucket seats, the factory console and Tic Toc Tach, and optional side scoops. The restoration took place over a period of three years, and was completed in June of 2011. The engine was rebuilt by by Mark Roelofs, and Dave Johnson did the Hemi four-speed transmission for the car. All the restoration work was done in Scott Robinson’s Dorchester (Ontario), Canada, shop, including components such as the dash, grille, taillights, panel and body work, and the paint.

In Robinson’s own words, “The car was an OE restoration, as the car would have come off the assembly line. The engine and trans were stock rebuilds, with new Holley carbs for the engine. I found parts by trolling swap meets, the Carlisle and Mopar Nationals shows, Moparts, eBay, Mega Parts, London City Chrysler, Frank Badalson, and Stephen’s Performance Mopar.”

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“I restored all the parts of the car, including the grille, taillights, taillight panel, wiper motor, heater box, console, dash and instrument cluster, and hood. I did the entire body, paint, and installed the vinyl top. The bottom of the car was finished in factory green grey primer with a slight color overspray just like out of the factory. I polished all the stainless steel for the car, and installed the interior. Some wiring harness’ were restored, some were reproduction. All the suspension was replaced with new parts and correctly detailed. The car has the correct Hemi mufflers, and complete original style exhaust system from Accurate LTD,” Robinson told us.

According to Robinson, the 1969 A12 Package cars were introduced in the spring of 1969, thus known as ’69-1/2. The Road Runner 440 (6BBL), Super Bee 440 (Six Pack) have an ‘M’ as the fifth digit in the VIN, denoting ‘High Performance 440 -Special Order’. The A12  was a complete package, as the cars were equipped from the factory to do duty on the street and strip. As Chrysler always did, it equipped these musclecars with heavy duty parts, and tricks learned from the factory engineers who drag raced as the Ramchargers and the Golden Commandos.

In 1969, Dick Maxwell, VP of Chrysler Marketing, known as the father of the A12, said “We knew our time was running out with all of the Federal regulations closing in on us. We just wanted to build the last badass street car that we could before we got shut down!”

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Under the hood there were three Holley two-barrel carbs, having a total of 1,350 CFM with a special throttle linkage, aluminum Edelbrock intake, special camshaft, crankshaft, rings, lifters, and timing chain. The rocker arms were stamped from heavier gauge metal, and the valves had chrome stems, and high-load valve springs. The 440 used a Hemi oil pump; its distributor was a dual-breaker Prestolite unit, and there was a special coil bracket. The air cleaner was an oval unit with a rubber seal that fit against the underside of the hood for fresh air. The engine had a ‘soft’ rating of 390 HP.

IMG-20130818-00577The chassis was specially prepared as well. A big Hemi four-speed trans was behind the 440, and automatic trans cars used a 727 that had Hemi drum units and a 10.75-inch torque converter from a 383. Out back was the a Dana 60 axle, with a Sure Grip, 9-3/4-inch ring gear, and a 4.10:1 ratio that was standard with both transmissions. No optional ratios were offered. Brakes were big police 3-inch drums, with manual adjusters so racers could back them off for less drag.

The suspension was also heavy duty police issue, and the passenger side rear leaf spring had an extra half-leaf to compensate for launching. Cooling was done by a 26-inch radiator. The engine was topped off with a fiberglass, flat black non-glare lift-off hood, that was held down with four hood pins. Huge callout decals were on the industry’s biggest hood scoop, “SIX PACK” for the Dodge, and “6 BBL” for the Plymouth. Redline G-70×15 Goodyear polyglas tires were mounted on 15×6-inch black rims with chrome lug nuts, and no hub caps.

For more photos of Scott Robinson’s 1969.5 Dodge A12 Super Bee, check out the Gallery below, and if you’re looking for more information on these high performance A12 cars, you can check out the A12 Registry website.

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About the author

Stuart Bourdon

Growing up with a passion for cars, trucks and motorsports made it natural to seek a career in that direction. An education in photojournalism, a love of the outdoors and years of exploring the waters, deserts and mountains of Southern California led to working on boating, outdoor, RV and off-road vehicle enthusiast magazines. Off Road Xtreme is the newest adventure in his life-long love affair with vehicles of all types.
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