Jim Bodanis 1970 Super Bird is recognized by gurus in the hobby, such as Roger (Ol Rog) Gibson and Frank Badalson, as being the best example of an original unmolested specimen of the aforesaid model. Its arguably the best Super Bird currently known on the planet. So if you want to argue, argue with the gurus, not us. And dont argue with Jim, either. Hes got a temper and you might find yourself on the floor looking for your teeth. But ordinarily, Jims a real peaceable kind of guy.
This Bird can trace its feathers back to its original owner, Ken Caldwell. Ken piled on almost all of the Birds current mileage of 13,000 and change. Ken had fun with the car top-ending it on more than one occasion. Guess he wanted to see if it could actually fly. A subsequent owner had a different kind of fun with the bird. He ensconsed it inside a plastic bubble. For about 10 years.
Jim has an allergy to plastic bubbles so he went a different route. He actually drives the Bird, as he does all the cars in his impressive collection of original, mostly unrestored Mopars. Living up in Canada, Jim spends the rest of his time shoveling snow out of his driveway.
Jims Super Bird packs its original 440-6 engine. Its basically no different than any other 1970 440-6 motor, so the original details on this Mopar Action Certified Reference Original will serve you well as to details in your own restoration of a 440-6 engine compartment. As we pointed out in the magazine article, this six-pack came from the factory with an incorrect heat stove covering the exhaust manifold. This was correct on a 440 4-Bbl engine which used heated intake air. The six-barrel intake did not.
Trunk was painted before the electrical wire (at left) was installed. Then the tabs were bent down to secure the wire. Top surface of tabs are unpainted and they were straight-up when the trunk was sprayed, so their inner surface was not hit.