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Motorland Historical 1966-1966 Plymouth - Satellite

Documentation and engine verification of a 1966 Plymouth Satellite

I have a 1966 Plymouth satellite with a 426 street wedge hemi motor. I have a few questions about the engine verification numbers. there is a 9 digit number located on the radiator support, #7L2802224. I am curious if this will verify anything about the car. I have broken down the VIN code, and it matches out to a 426 street wedge with the 4-speed manual. I do not believe it is the same motor that came with the car, however, this car ran quarters when new. I have a feeling the motor blew, and since it was still under warranty from Chrysler, they put a correct engine in. I would like to know if there is anything I can do to prove this. Thanks for reading, Josiah C.


One of us is confused! The 426-S (wedge) was discontinued after 1965.

The SO number you quote can be tied to the VIN via the data plate, the NICB, or Chrysler Historical.

If it is an original 426 Hemi, the 5th digit of the VIN should be “H”;There’s nothing in the VIN that indictes the transmission. Assuming a true Hemi car, under “AB” on the date plate should be “73”.

The VIN was not on the engine in 1966. If the engine were replaced, the cast date of the block could be later than the car’s build date, but all other components should be earlier than that date (carbs, all 3 manifolds, and a zillion other parts).


11 months ago
Four Daughters General 1969-1969 Plymouth - Barracuda

69 barracuda convertible

I’m trying to figure out if the 69 barracuda convertible I have is a formula S or base with a 340 automatic.on the column. I’m getting mixed answers from various people. is there a way you can help me determine if it’s a true formula S?


Easy. Look for code A53 on the data plate.


12 months ago
Daryl's On-Line Garage General 1970-1971 Plymouth - Barracuda

70-71 Plymouth Barracuda/Cuda question

Is there such a thing as a 440 or 426 hemi Barracuda, or are all those models with those engines considered a Cuda? There was an ad for a 70 440 Barracuda and I commented it was a Cuda, not a Barracuda but I’m getting people telling me that I am wrong, that it is still a Barracuda since you could order any engine for the Barracuda – which is true, but adding that option now makes it a Cuda, right?


The ’Cuda was a model within the Barracuda line, so, technically, all ’Cuda are also Barracudas. The largest engine that was available in the base or Gran Coupe models was the 383 (2- or 4-Bbl); the 340 was also ’Cuda only.


about 1 year ago
The Ol' D Spot Restoration 1962-1976 Dodge - Dart

Tires for 71 Dart Swinger

I have a 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger with an original Firestone Deluxe Champion spare tire still on the rim… paper sticker still attached! (E-78-14 tubeless bias ply with 1" white wall stripe)

I am looking for replacement tires that would be in keeping with the make/model/look of my car. Can you make any recommendations?
I am trying to keep my car as original as possible.

Thanks for the help!


You’ll want reproduction tires such as those from Coker. No modern tire would even come close.

Be aware, though, that modern radials do drive a whole lot better than bias-plys!


about 1 year ago
Mhuppertz General 1969-1969 Dodge - Dart

Restore or restomod

4,976 hardtops, 501 ragtops, 273-2, TorqueFlite.

I have all the original stuff, but I also have a 440 engine, a 5.7 Hemi and an A833 transmission…

If it were your decision, would you restore or restomod this car? Not like a 2bbl 273 is a hot option, but I don’t want to be foolish either.


The choice is yours, it is a personal decision. I can easily come up with a laundry list of arguments for either position.

One thing I’d definitely not do: Swap in a big-block, nose-heavy A-bodies lose all their “flinginess”. The exception might be a B-engine (not RB) with aluminum heads, manifold, water pump / housing, and headers. But that way, it is little heavier than a 273.

A 3G Hemi is also a very nice swap.

You could also build a LA360 (or 408) dressed to look like the dead-stock 273.

Or, as you know, you could restore it correctly. Long-term, it would probably retain the greatest resale value that way.


about 1 year ago

Best Impala

What year and model of the Impala do you consider to be the best Impala ever made?

Hi Bayard,

First of all, we appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us to find the information you are looking for. We hope we can provide you with a suitable answer.

This question, as you know, is a very subjective question. You could ask 10 different people and more than likely you would get 10 different answers. However, I think for me personally, the earlier iterations of of the Impala are the “best”. As you stated in your question, the 1958 Impala was a game changer because it was the first version of the classic car. The ‘58 boasted chrome decoration with sculpted fenders, Chevy’s first dual headlamps, and triple tail-lamps. It was originally introduced as the top of the line Bel-Air with a few different engine options as well.

The ‘59 Impala is probably the most drastically different version of the car stylistically. That year it became it’s own standing model without the Bel Air tag. It was two inches longer in length, had a rear “bat-wing” lid and “cat eye” sideways teardrop tail lights that were only found on the 59. That year Chevy also added a four-dour hardtop and a four-door sedan. Take a look at some pictures of the ’59 online. They are a completely different car then the other versions of the Impala.

The 1961 Impala may be the most influential version (and possibly the answer to your question). That year Chevy introduced the SS (Super Sport) badge and the 409 engine, thus essentially making the first “muscle car”. The ’61 SS came with knock-off wheel covers, heavy-duty springs and shocks, metallic brake linings, a padded instrument panel, and a Sun 7,000-rpm tachometer. The SS came with either a 348 cubic inch V8 or the 409-cubic-inch V8 that could hit 60 mph in seven seconds and 360 hp.

I hope this answers your question or at least gives you some kind of background so that you can decide on which one you like best. As I stated before, I don’t think there is a wrong answer to this question but these are just my thoughts on it. Good luck on your project and again, thank you for consulting MyClassicGarage for your automotive history question.

about 1 year ago
Papa's Cars General 1970-1970 Dodge - Coronet

Production numbers for the 1970 Dodge Super Bee Coupes

Can you tell me how many 1970 Super Bee Coupes with 383 4so. Plum Crazy Were produced that year with the bumblebees strip. 4 speed transmission


The only “take it to the bank” number:

1,336 4-speed 383 coupes.

No specific data were compiled which included options nor colors.

We can make some educated guesses, however. Assuming that Plum Crazy had a take rate of 3%, that would leave 40 cars.

Since “caliper” tape stripes were new for 1970, and popular, as well as being standard equipment, the take rate for bumblebee stripes was also probably quite low — I’ll guess 10%. if that’s true, there would have been 4 cars built as you describe.



about 1 year ago
Rat Roaster General 1965-1962 Plymouth

Voltage too high.

Dr. E-berg.
I’ve got a rebuilt early b-body alternator & repo. electronic voltage regulator on a ‘63 Plymouth. I’m getting over 15 volts at idle which seems too high. I’m picking up voltage reading off radio power wire. Your thoughts please.
On an another subject. In a previous post you mention Imperial Services. Are they still in business. I haven’t been able to get a hold of them or get a response.
Thank you.


Not sure what you mean by “repro electronic….”, the originals were electromech. At any rate, unless we’re talking sub-zero ambient tempos, 15 volts plus will definitely boil the battery (if not explode it!) is doing fine as far as I know, Steve has never been great at customer service and prefers to sell through dealers.


about 1 year ago
Rooker Racing Mechanical 1958-1978 Plymouth

Oil pan

I am putting this 440 in a 1974 Road Runner that had a 360. I am using the Shaumaker motor mount adapters. I bought this engine with this odd oil pan on it with hoses that seem to have something to do with the oil filter. What can you tell me about this oil pan and filter set up? Can I use it or do I need to change pans to fit my car. If I need to change pans, which one do I need?



That’s a drag-race (only) oil pan, swinging pickup, and pump setup. That will never clear any stock crossmember. I suspect this engine was built for drag racing, I see the non-streetable Dominator carb, etc., probably has very high compression, crazy cam, loose piston/wall clearances, etc.

Forgetting the “much too racy for the street” aspect for a moment, if you wanna slip this into your ‘74 B-body, you’ll need an OEM (repro) 6-quart steel pan, pickup tube, and internally-fed (stock or HV) oil pump.

Looking at the pix, there’s also the possibility that someone just bolted this stuff onto a tires stock engine just to “flip” it.

Back to reality: The much better option would be:

> Sell that engine and get one closer to a stock 440

- or, even better -

> Sell that one and get or build a stroker 360 (typically, 408 CID) – SO much easier to swap.


about 1 year ago
Amat General 1971-1974 Dodge - Charger

Ralley fender ?

I am restoring a 1974 Dodge Charger se 318
It has 1971 fenders that fit perfectly the car only had one owner how do I go about verifying if it was factory installed


Yes, I can answer it, with 100% certainty. They were NOT factory installed..


about 1 year ago
Neils Wheels General 1965-1969 Plymouth - Sport Fury

1965 Plymouth Fury/ Commando

Looking at a 1965 One Owner Plymouth Sport Fury/ Commando with 125,000 miles. Very Clean original condition, Cloth Seats, original paint, numbers matching.
The Seller is looking for $16,000. I would like to know the cars value before making my final offer to him. Thanks Neil


My “canned” answer is simple: Cars - or anything else of value — are worth precisely what a buyer is willing to pay for the item.

OK, not what you wanted to hear, I know. So I’ll address your question head-on. C-bodies are, if not exactly Mopar “stepchildren”, at least the “middle child” that is frequently overlooked and given short shrift. Being large cars, they are bit less performance oriented (too much mass). And because of their less popular status, there’s a lot fewer repop parts made for them.,

You didn’t say the body style (HT or conv.) or the engine displacement (383-2, 383-4, or 426-4) how correct the car is, both interior, exterior, or underhood), whether it is a “mud bucket” (body filler sculptured into panel shapes etc.), original paint (or at least original color), and the overall condition.

Based on the above variables, a reasonable price could range from $2500 (HT, Bondo or rust, far from original, etc.) to at least 10 times that (mint restored or survivor in good condition, 426 convertible).


about 1 year ago
ERIC's Car info Performance 1967-1989 Dodge

Correct 4 bbl manifold for a 71 Challenger Conv. 318 ci


I have a 71 Challenger Conv. with a 318 engine 2 bbl carb and I was looking to upgrade it to a 4 bbl carb. I was looking online at different manifolds and there seems to be a variety of different products. Is it possible for you to recommend one and why it would be better(trying to learn). Thank you

Eric Williams


I’ll assume when you mean ‘correct’, you mean from a performance aspect — there were no factory 318 4-Bbl cars in the early 1970s.

Later in the ‘70s and ’80s, there were 318 (LA wedge) factory 318-4 engines, but they ALL used 360 heads, which have larger ports. If you use a 340/360 manifold, there would be some port mismatch, which isn’t the end of the world, I’d not hesitate to bolt one on. Even and OEM iron casting.

Alternately, try to find a used aluminum 318 (or 66-up 273) manifold, they were made, back in the day, by both Edelbrock and Offenhauser.


about 1 year ago

Production Numbers

Do you happen to know or have access to the production numbers on V6 Firebirds in 1980? I just picked up a nice (though not quite perfect) 22000 mile Fiero Bronze one, basic car other than vinyl, A/C, and Rallies, everything else is bottom option. I got to thinking that I have come across maybe 2 other cars with the V6 in the years I’ve been dealing with them and wondered how many were made, maybe I’ve got something valuable here since it is an unmolested car. Thanks!

Sorry No Value, although rare and not many were made, there is just no desire from collectors for this car, thanks, Rick McLaughlin

about 1 year ago
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