The in-dash tach was a factory...
The in-dash tach was a factory option in '68, often replaced by more accurate aftermarket tachs.
Plymouth had a huge sales year in 1968-its biggest year of the '60s-but its convertible models didn't share in that success. The Satellite series was the biggest seller of all the mid-sized '68 Plymouths, with sedan and hardtop versions each selling more than 42,000 units. But the three convertible Plymouth B-Bodies-Satellite (1,771 built), Sport Satellite (1,523), and GTX (1,026) convertibles added up to fewer than 5,000 built and sold between them. That probably helped seal that body style's fate, as drop-top sales continued to slide in 1969 and 1970, despite the new-for-'69 Road Runner convertible. After fewer than 2,000 (total) '70 Road Runner and Satellite convertibles were built and sold, the mid-size Plymouth convertible was history.
Should you find one of these rare beauties, it's worth giving it a freshening of your own, even if it's been stored under ideal conditions. Not just the rubber parts in the fuel system and the gas tank, but also the steering column bushing (if it has a column-shift TorqueFlite). Make sure that the one in it will keep the car in Park-otherwise, replace it right away, because if you don't, your ride might need more than just the post-"swim" freshening that Joel had to give his Satellite!
'68 Plymouth Satellite Convertible
Owned by: Joel Bourdeau, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Modern-construction BFG Silvertown...
Modern-construction BFG Silvertown radials look like the "Red Streak" bias-ply tires that were a $57 option back then. Wheels are the optional five-spoke chrome road wheels, which cost $97 extra in 1968.
- 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
- 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)
Unfortunately, a worn steering...
Unfortunately, a worn steering column bushing led to an unscheduled trip into the Castor River in 2007. Thanks to a quick recovery, and expert resto work, Joel had his Satellite back on the road before long.
- 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.