"I was not a Ford guy from the beginning, and I was looking to trade."--Joel Bourdeau

Fast Facts
'68 Plymouth Satellite Convertible
Owned by: Joel Bourdeau, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mopar Power:

  • Engine: Joel's Satellite had a two-barrel-equipped 383 installed at St. Louis when it was built. There's still a 383 under the hood, only this time it wears a four-barrel carburetor under its "unsilenced" air cleaner, which in turn wears a "383 four-barrel" pie tin.
  • Transmission: Column-shifted 727 TorqueFlite, with its steering-column bushing replaced (the part that caused it to roll into the river)
  • Rearend: 8 3/4 Mopar rear with Sure-Grip and 2.76:1 rear gears

Sure-Grip

  • Suspension: (Front) Longitudinal torsion bars, anti-sway bar, and tubular shocks (rear) leaf springs with tubular shocks
  • Brakes: Drum-and-shoe at each corner with 11-inch drums, power assisted
  • Wheels and Tires: Ma Mopar's optional Chrome five-spoke road wheels shod with BFGoodrich Silvertown radials (P225/70R15 redline)

High Impact:

  • Body: Original '68 Plymouth B-Body convertible unibody with a GTX/Road Runner hood and the die-cast GTX/Sport Satellite trim above the rear bumper
  • Paint: AA1 Silver Metallic (in basecoat/clearcoat form) sprayed on by A.S.E. Motorsports, Osgood, Ontario, Canada
  • Interior: Joel had the stock Satellite front bench seat replaced with a '68-factory-option front buckets/center armrest combo, and he added a six-way adjust for the driver seat. The stock rear bench was kept, the front and rear seats now wear new vinyl, and A.S.E. Motorsports did their restoration work inside, too. Other interior features: air conditioning, a dash-mounted tach, and a "thumbwheel" AM radio/eight-track tape player.