When they picked the car up it was in approximately the same condition you see here. For now, it's powered by a 383 backed by an automatic, but Jimmie has some big plans for it. Falling right into his family's footsteps, he has a full restoration planned that includes a Keisler five-speed, a 440, a modern paint scheme, modern brakes, wheels, and exhaust. He would like to strip it down inside and out, and realizes this is an arduous undertaking. "I would like to have the car ready to compete in the Young Guns class very soon. Maybe not 2011 since it needs a lot of money and time, but soon." We're sure if he takes his time he won't fail to impress us like his other two siblings have. So keep your eyes open at the NATS for another Orr family production.
'69 Plymouth Sport Satellite
Owned By: Gayle Orr, Hamlet, Indiana
- Engine: The 318 was pulled out. In its place is a stroker 440 producing 505 cubic inches. It was taken from a big block 'Cuda and received a rotating assembly from 440source.com. The Comp Cams hydraulic camshaft is ground to .525-inch lift and 231/237-degrees of duration. Aluminum Edelbrock heads and intake manifold deliver the air and fuel from the 850cfm Edelbrock carburetor into the engine. The valves are 2.14-inch intake and 1.81-inch exhaust and are opened and closed by Mopar Performance springs and rocker arms. The ignition was converted over to an MSD electronic system and uses an MSD carburetor. The engine was built by the Orr family, and machine work was performed by their friend Butch Mecker.
- Exhaust: TTI mandrel bent 1 7/8-inch headers with ceramic coating feed into a 3-inch TTi system with Flowmaster 40 series mufflers.
- Transmission: A Keisler five-speed.
- Rearend: A stock 8 3/4-inch rearend with 3.55 gears and a SureGrip differential.
- Suspension: Stock restored suspension with Gabriel shocks up front and out back.
- Brakes: 11-inch SSBC Disc brake kit, front and rear.
- Wheels and Tires: Large, 18x9-inch Cragar SS wheels with 245/40ZR18 BFGoodrich tires.
- Body: The car was in very poor shape when Gayle acquired it. Her father replaced three out of the four frame rails while she cut out the floors with a plasma cutter. One of the front fenders was damaged and was also replaced. It took tedious attention with body filler to smooth the car out before it was painted.
- Paint: The Orrs brought on an old classmate of Gayle's, Frankie, who did some finishing touches on the body before he sprayed it down. Gayle couldn't make up her mind on the color choice and eventually went with black and white, as suggested by her dad.
- Interior: The powerhouse team of Gayle, Becky, Frankie, and Lonigro restored the interior and had the seats recoved in white vinyl with black carpeting from Legendary Auto Interiors. The stereo was replaced with a thumping setup from Sony and the steering wheel was replaced with a nice piece from Billet Specialties.