All the necessary metal hardware was in place so that the new hood could be refitted onto the Rumble Bee. The hood was sent back to Mike Face to be painted glossy black over the ‘six-pack’ hood scoop and the same B-5 Blue Spectraflair Holographic Metalflake paint on the sides of the hood. A custom billet grille from Be Cool Billets was fitted to the front. A Gaylord’s California Cruising bedliner completed work on the body. The big factory brakes were removed and replaced with Stainless Steel Brakes 14in. slotted rotors and Force 10-4-piston calipers at each wheel to increase stopping power.
Inside the cabin, a set of more comfortable and supportive Katzkin butter soft leather bucket seats were installed. These seats also match the color scheme of the Rumble Bee with black suede inserts and blue leather sides. Finally, a beautiful Woodview brushed aluminum interior trim kit was installed and finishing the work at Mike Face’s shop.
It was now time to drive the Rumble Bee over to Hotchkis Performance for a lowering and strengthening of the suspension system underpinning the Ram. Hotchkis Performance is one of the best companies to call when upgrading your suspension system for better handling and performance whether it is for your car or truck, new or classic.
The Hotchkis Performance Total Vehicle System kit was specifically designed for the new Ram and includes, up front, new coil springs, custom valved Bilstein gas shocks, new bump stops and stabilizer bar. The rear kit consists of new leaf springs, custom valved Bilstein gas shocks, new bump stops and new stabilizer bar.
Before work began the Rumble Bee was fitted with 4-stunning Oasis Alloy Wheels ‘M1’ model, 5-spoke, 24X10in. chrome wheels. Big B.F. Goodrich G Force P305/35ZR24in high-performance tires wrap around the Oasis wheels and are a perfect match for the Hotchkis Performance tuned suspension.
The final stop for the Rumble Bee was Kenne Bell Superchargers to be fitted with a pair of Doug’s custom headers, Doug’s custom dual cat-back exhaust system, with dual 1971 Charger exhaust tips, a set of 16 Denso Iridium spark plugs, a more powerful Optima battery, a Kenne Bell Optimizer II electronic high-performance engine management system, a Kenne Bell Boost-A-Pump, a Kenne Bell AirForce Induction system, and a 2.2liter Blowzilla twin screw Kenne Bell supercharger/intercooler that is specifically designed for the new Chrysler 5.7liter Hemi V8 engine.
Kenne Bell has a legendary reputation over the past 30+ years by offering the highest quality and very powerful billet aluminum twin-screw superchargers for your new or classic car or truck. Jim Bell told me that the Rumble Bee should be rated 500+hp with the supercharger.