Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Petty Cash: 1965 Plymouth Satellite

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress. A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!  Find this 1965 Plymouth Satellite offered for $8,500 in Lehigh Acres, FL via craigslist.  Tip from Dascpcu.


Some Richard Petty fan built a pretty convincing replica of Petty's #43 Riverdale Plymouth, and with any luck the seller might have found a 426 Hemi to shove under the hood...or some 440 big block, or at least a 318 with a 2bbl carb mated to a 3-speed...


Yikes!!  A 225 slant-6!  I have to admit that was a surprise, and I love a good slant-6, but I'm not sure I'd have put so many stickers on the side.


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4 comments:

  1. This is a new level of looks can be deceiving. Reminds me of the caption 'screen images simulated' we see in commercials. The real question would be how big of a deal is it to swap in a big ground pounding v8. Anyone know what is involved? Rear axle, brakes, frame mods?

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    1. Not the original slant six either, at least not from the head gasket up... head and valve cover appear to be a late '70s version. Can't see the block to see if it's a later version too, but I suspect it is. Even though I've got a slant six project myself - it doesn't look like the right choice of motor here.

      To answer what's involved in swapping in a big block - there's motor mount kits to get the engine changed out with the stock K-member, you'll need a big block transmission (the slant six 904 won't bolt up and trying to make an adapter would be a very bad idea), and if there isn't a 8 3/4" axle back there, that needs to be addressed pronto. He seems to be running all drums and I would upgrade that even though I'm pretty sure you could get drums on a big block car (Chrysler let you do a lot of mix and matching whether it was a good idea or not). At least he's already put in a dual circuit master cylinder. So you're looking at a relatively involved swap but no major fabrication or unobtanium parts.

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  2. New K member for one to put a Big Block in it. But for a tribute car may be money ahead to leave it be.

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  3. It looks like the sort of car that people buy to park in front of their bar or restaurant to attract customers.

    I don't know how or why old fire trucks, tractors, unlimited hydroplanes, and the like attract customers but they seem to be a fixture of franchise steakhouses around here.

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