Satellite Launch, Part 3: As The Flywheel Turns…
Part three of the revival of the 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite starts off on a very high note: the starter that had been sitting in the dirt underneath the car functioned and every bit of stuck valvetrain came free after one of the most redneck fixes we’ve ever seen proved to be a very useful fix indeed. Who knew that hammering the hell out of the valvespring, then letting the piston pop it back out was actually an effective trick? With everything moving and turning properly using the OEM starter, the next move was easy: bring on the spark, bring on the fuel, and with a hope and a prayer, bring on the noise. With the 318 free-turning, that shouldn’t be too hard, right? Just hook a gas can and a line into the fuel pump and crank until fuel appears at the carburetor, that’s easy enough!
Not so fast. First, the two-barrel on the 318 was bound up like someone who ate a brick of Velveeta on a dare and just like that poor soul, the likelihood of movement was just about non-existent. Luckily, Luke thought of that and brought a 2-barrel to 4-barrel adapter with him. But you don’t even need a carburetor to determine if the engine will run. A small amount of fuel down the manifold or spraying starting fluid at the gaping maw of the intake is usually sufficient to get the engine to light off for a few seconds. So follow along as they check the timing, verify the spark, curse some Chrysler engineers of the past, and do their best to make the B-body make some noise!
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