Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, OnAllCylinders will profile engines and engine builds by everyday high performance enthusiasts—hot rod hobbyists with DIY work ethics and real-world budgets.
Jim Hoover bought his 1967 Plymouth Satellite from a woman in Texas liquidating her father’s estate. While we question her judgment, Hoover was pleased with the Mopar’s condition, calling it a “really solid, typical Texas car.”
After being shipped from Texas to Ohio, Hoover fixed a small dent in the passenger front fender around the wheel opening then painted the car with single-stage white paint to “keep it old-school looking.”
“I appreciate the less-glossy finish of the old single-stage paints from the 60s,” he said.
The car came with the original factory three-speed manual transmission.
“I was going to put a four-speed in it since the pedals and everything were already there, but I ended up building a 727 Torqueflite with a manual Cheetah valve body ‘reverse pattern’ so the wife could drive it too,” he said.
This 440-powered Satellite runs mid-10s in the quarter mile, so this Mopar is not to be trifled with. Hoover is installing a cage this summer to comply with track safety standards.
“RULES!” he laughs in mocked disappointment.
You don’t see many Satellites running around these days. It’s a joy to see this one. Thanks for sharing, Jim.
Engine Block: Chrysler 440 bored .030-inch over stock
Rotating Assembly: Standard stroke steel crankshaft, SCAT H-Beam connecting rods, Sealed Power Speed-Pro forged aluminum dome pistons
Cam and Valvetrain: Mopar Performance mechanical camshaft solid flat tappet (.590-inch lift, 265-degree duration), 1.6:1-ratio offset roller rockers, 2.25-inch intake/ 1.81-inch exhaust valves
Exhaust: TTi Performance with two-inch primary headers and stainless steel H-pipe back to the rear axle
Transmission: 727 Torqueflite with a Turbo Action Cheetah reverse pattern manual valve body