Now, stock high-performance headers lead Hemi mufflers and 2.5-inch tailpipes. Behind the 440 sits an 833 four-speed beefed up with a Hayes clutch and pressure plate and topped with a Hurst shifter. The four-speed transfers engine torque to an 8 3⁄4 rearend hosting a 3.55 limited-slip differential.
Bill considers the convertible an ongoing, gradual restoration. "We have driven the car for the last six or seven years, and every year it seems to get a little better," he says.
Just this past winter, Bill dove into what turned out to be the toughest project of them all-replacing the dash. The original owner had cut the dash in order to install a stereo system. Bill eventually found a suitable replacement from a parts car, so after treating it to a thorough sandblasting and paint job, he performed the difficult task of removing the old and installing the new.
Today, Bill and Darlene's Satellite enjoys the open road at least two or three times a week around the couple's Stow, Ohio, home. That includes plenty of regional shows and cruises.
"We get a lot of attention," says Bill, "since there are not many '66 Satellite convertibles around. We will pretty much drive it to any show or cruise-in, regardless of the distance."
It may have been reluctant to get back in the fast lane, but thanks to the unmovable spirit and determination of Bill and Darlene, this is one ragtop that won't be slowing down for some time to come.