Hughes Engines Tech Center: A Solid Cam Smokes The Tires On This 1969 Super Bee


Anybody can power-brake a burnout, but a dirty dump of the clutch and ensuing steering wheel struggle can separate the wheat from the chaff pretty quickly. Of course, engine, transmission, rear end, and driver all need to work in perfect harmony to make smoke roll.

There’s nothing worse than dropping the hammer and not having enough power to pound the nail. Daniel Kasanovich’s 1969 Dodge Super Bee does not have that problem. An old school Hughes Engines solid camshaft bumps the valves and, as evidenced by the video Daniel sent in for proof, does a pretty good job at it.

Clearly, Daniel has had his share of smoky smiles as he reached out to say, “Thanks for all of your help over the years. 10 years later and your 4652 Solid Cam still pulls hard. 1969 Super Bee: 500″ RB, Hughes 4652 Solid, Self-ported 452 heads, 4-spd, Detroit locker 3.91’s with a Gear Vendors going in as we speak.”

The 4652 solid cam is an older HTL grind and, according to Hughes, was intended for applications with a high rise dual plane or small single plane intake, headers, and 3.70:1 or numerically-higher rear gears.

All of that matches Daniel’s build to a tee while what looks like B5 blue paint, a Ramcharger hood, and side scoops top it off. Big ‘n’ little rims set the tone to let everyone know that this Bee absolutely has the sting to back up its buzz.

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Kent Will

News Editor Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his '70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a '67 Satellite, a '72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar '10 Challenger.

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