Fast Facts
'65 Plymouth Satellite
Mike Creglow
Welch, MN

Mopar Power

  • Engine: Mike started with a 400 low-deck block stroked to 500 ci. A Holley Dominator sits on top of a ported Indy intake and a pair of ported Indy heads. Compression ratio is a race only 12.5:1.
  • Transmission: Mike releases the trans-brake on his fully race-prepped 727 at 5,000 rpm. Using the word launch to describe what happens next is not really an exaggeration.
  • Rearend: Narrowed Dana 60 with 4.56 gears and Moser girdle.
  • Performance: First time out netted a 10.74 at 127 mph. Mike is still dialing things in a bit and has since seen a 10.32. He's aiming at flat 10s; we think he'll make it.

Sure Grip

  • Suspension: Front is stock except for the adjustable shocks. The Super Stock rear springs were moved inboard 3 inches and forward 1 inch.
  • Brakes: The stock drum brakes are used all the way around. Mike says they release cleaner than disc brakes and get his Satellite out of the hole a little quicker. They won't hold the car at the line, which is the reason for the trans-brake.
  • Wheels: 15-inch Americans up front. Widened steel wheels are mounted on the back.
  • Rubber: 7.60x15 Moroso Drag specials cover the American wheels. M/T drag slicks grab on for dear life out back.

High Impact

  • Body: With the obvious exception of that huge hoodscoop and the nearly imperceptible mini-tubs, the body is factory stock right down to all the original trim parts.
  • Paint: In keeping with the show car restoration part of this project, the white-over-dark-turquoise paint scheme was used because it was an available choice for this car in 1965.
  • Interior: While it's pretty hard to ignore a 10-point NHRA-certified cage, Corbeau racing buckets, Pro Comp gauges, and a Cheetah SCS shifter, Mike nevertheless wanted an interior as stock appearing as possible. The trunk on the other hand, while beautifully finished, is anything but stock. It's filled with a 10-gallon fuel cell, an Aeromotive fuel pump, a couple of 100-pound capacity weight boxes, and, of course, the battery.