For sale is one 1971 Plymouth Satellite. This car is my baby--I had it through high school and college and I simply cannot hang on to it anymore, which breaks my heart, but that's how it goes. I've put a lot of work and money, and sweat, blood, and tears into this thing, and hopefully it can find a good new home with someone who has the time to further its restoration.
This car has sat in a garage for the past 2.5 years. Just took it out, it fired right up. Freshened it up a bit and now its for sale.
This car is mechanically, a dream. Everything, EVERYTHING has been gone through in the past 9 years I've owned it. It is dependable and a great driver. It's biggest problems are in its rust and general cosmetic issues. Please read and enjoy the description below.
Motor: It has a rebuilt 360 which I bought and installed in 2008. Originally equipped with a 318. Unfortunately the odometer doesn't work, but I'd estimate the current 360 motor has under 15,000 on it since the rebuild. The block is a 90's pre-magnum casting, with 308 heads, the last generation of LA motors before they went Magnum. I souped it up mildly, with an Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake manifold, a Holley 670 Street Avenger carb, and a slightly lumpy Comp Cams camshaft. I can't find the grind number, but the cam was well researched for my combo. Ignition is Mopar Performance Electronic ignition with a MSD Blaster II coil. The thing runs like a top and starts up instantly, every time. Manual choke. Has a lot of power.
Please check out this video of a "cold start" I made yesterday: http://youtu.be/5UZhTb7OEi0
Exhaust: It has a decent set of headers on it, that cost about $500. They are Hedman Hedders with HTC coating. It has dual exhaust with 2.25" pipes and a pair of glass-packs.
Transmission: 4-spd overdrive trans, the aluminum casing type. It has a Hurst shifter with a big long stick on it. Was a factory 3-on-the-tree, but I installed the correct floor hump. New Zoom clutch in it.
Rear end: 8 3/4", currently with 2.76 open gears in it ("highway" gears).
Brakes: The whole brake system was replaced in the last 6 years. Discs in front, drums in the rear. Front brakes are Scarebird conversion kit brakes, which retrofits newer Dodge Ram rotors and calipers to replace old drum setups. These are manual brakes. I have a newer Mopar Performance aluminum master cylinder installed. Parking brake needs a new cable, an easy fix.
Wheels and Tires: Wheels are cop-car steel wheels, 15x8 all around. The rear tires are in good shape, and are 255/60R15 BFG Radial T/A's. The fronts are one BFG T/A and one Primewell Sport, both 235/60R15's. All tires have good tread, but the front BFG has dry rot, so you may fail inspection for that one tire.
Suspension: Front end was totally rebuilt about 6 years ago, with all new ball joints, steering linkage, bushings (urethane), the works. No sway bars. Rear leafs wear upgraded to new Hemi leaf springs at the same time. It also has air shocks for that old-school look.
Interior: Newer carpet, in good shape. No headliner. Was originally a bench seat, now has buckets in pretty good original shape out of a 71 Charger. No major rips. Comfy and springy all around. Dash is cut for a radio, and has a cage for a new radio should you want to put one in. Fuel and temp gauge work, has an aftermarket oil gauge. Speedo doesn't work. Has an aftermarket tach. Door panels are in kinda rough shape. But all in all the interior smells nice and feels comfortable and fresh.
Please check out this second video, of the car starting, driving forward, stopping, and reversing, made yesterday: http://youtu.be/cXtGsP5csLE
This car is dependable! I used it as a daily driver all through high school and college. It really doesn't have any "quirks" and pretty much everything works on it. It could easily pass a safety inspection with maybe a few minor things. I used to drive it from North Carolina (college) to Massachusetts (parent's house) many times a year, and I would not hesitate to do that again, tomorrow! That's how great of a daily driver it is.
ITS BIGGEST ISSUES ARE COSMETIC AND BODY ISSUES:
The drivers side fender is a little crumpled and has rust in it, as does the driver's side quarter panel. That is the "ugly side" of the car, the passenger side has very few dents. There is some typical rust around the wheel wells. There is a riveted-on patch in front of the passenger-side wheel well. The trunk floor has some rust in it, which has been patched with screwed-in sheet metal. The roof skin has been patched with fiberglass and resin, as it has a vinyl top which caused the roof to rust. It could definitely use a new roof skin, however with the fiberglass repairs it doesn't leak any water or anything like that, and could be covered up easily with a new vinyl top should you want to go that route. The car is air-tight and water proof, but has some cosmetic issues and typical rust issues which should be addressed for this car to once again be a real beauty. It DEFINITELY could use a paint job.
One corner of one frame rail is rusted out, however it is structurally sound. The front frame rails, under the K-member, has been reinforced with SAF-T-CAP steel segments professionally welded on, so it is structurally safe and sound.
It could definitely use a driver's side fender, as it is dented and rusted heavily. Fender looks okay at a distance. But has a rust hole on the top of the fender where the turn signal used to be, and a badly dollied-out dent. Passenger fender is pretty sweet. A new driver's side quarter panel, which are available through AMD, would also go a long way. Add a roof skin, a couple patches here and there, and fresh paint, and this baby will look great.
Please enjoy bidding on this great piece of Mopar iron. Buyer must arrange pickup of the car. It can 100% be driven onto a trailer.