I'll use my first official thread to both introduce myself here and introduce my project. After owning many various sports or muscle car types in my 27 year driving "career" I was in the mood for a change. Even though many of my cars spent time on the drag strip they all shared one thing in common - they all went around corners well. I was never a big fan of having to slow down to turn so the "bigs-n-littles" crowd never held any appeal. Although we have a few modern muscle or "sports" cars in the garage I was really looking to satisfy my desire for a 60's muscle car with a modern touch. Obviously Mopar's are tops when it comes to muscle cars and have major attitude so my search was narrowed quite a bit.
I found a 1967 Plymouth Satellite waiting for me in a garage, under inches of dust. The owner had pulled it in the garage as a young man, disassembled the drivetrain and suspension, met a girl, got married, moved away, had kids - moved on. The Satellite sat in his mom's garage, untouched for nearly 3 decades when he decided it was time to let go of his dream and give mom more space in the garage. Up on Craigslist it went and I was the first contestant when I called within minutes of the ad going online. I assembled some friends who were Mopar fanatics and we arrived an hour later to find an extremely clean car on blocks with all it's parts stacked underneath. Many people might have thought about how much additional work it would be to put it back together - but we all thought it was great having most of the disassembly work done for us already! After wiping down the car we couldn't get over how nice the body was. Here in Ohio many cars have rust after only a few years. We hit it off with the family and soon had a deal despite all the calls and emails they were getting from the ad. It was a challenge to move the car as it was, and took a couple trucks to carry all the parts and extras (he had all the originals minus the stock 318, plus 3 sets of BB heads, a couple of 440 blocks, headers, 8-3/4 Sure Grip 742, BB K-member, 727, etc. and etc.)
I've had the car for about a year now and have made steady progress on the plan so far. Enough progress that I believe I can start this thread as a true Pro Tour build. My two oldest boys helped by removing the interior (seats, carpet, console, dash, glass, headliner, door panels, etc.) My two friends (the ones that were there at the start) have been there all along. We built a rotisserie and have devoted a few days a month to work on the car. We all have wives and kids that are active in sports etc. so we do what we can, when we can.
Questions, comments and advice are always welcome. While this isn't our first Mopar build this is our very first Pro Tour car. This site and a couple others have helped us form our plan. Thanks for reading.
And here are a few photos;
Here it sat for nearly 3 decades.
The car finally sees sunlight again.
The hood untouched - how dusty the whole car looked when we first met.
My 11 year old working on seat belt bolts.
My 8 year old sweeping out 40 year old dirt.
My four on the right. Two neighbor boys on the left.
On the rotisserie.
Many nights worth of undercoating scraping ahead of us.
At media blasters.
XV subframe connectors - great fit.
AlterKtion in primer.
Tacking the 4 link crossmember and subframe connectors.
Prepping for splitting the wheel tubs.
Fitting the 4 link and Dana 60/Moser axles/Detroit Locker
Measuring, measuring, measuring, measuring and remeasuring.
Next on the list: cutting/modifying the tunnel for the Tremec T600 (Keisler pkg)...
...and installing the Wilwood hubs/rotors to finally make it a roller.