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ABANDONED MOPAR Will it RUN After 20+ YEARS!?
- Published on Mar 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
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Today we bring an abandoned 1971 Satellite back to life!
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Kevin, I would love to see you give this car back to the original owner, I would also like to see you give updates on what he is doing with it. I got rid of a car years ago and regretted it ever since so when I found it again I promptly bought it back.
It’s nice to find the original owners of that car, I actually bought an old Ford pick up, and come to find out my uncle may have owned it years ago.
It has a big dent in the door.... When my dad was doing survivor duty after the Vietnam war, he was pretty upset at one point and punched a big dent in the door of his Plymouth Satellite. I'm sure his hand wasn't feeling great after that. So watching this video is making me think about my Dad.... Rest in peace Dad.
Rest in Peace.
@JOE nope. That was in Massachusettes.
Thanks to your dad. A hard job for sure. I hope he's at peace with all his brothers.
Here's hoping for a successful and healthy journey!
I mean you have a 440 in a boat that you don’t really use
Kevin - the call you made to the original owner of the Satellite is one of those events that effortlessly renews my faith in humanity. Despite the efforts made by some to convince us to the contrary, the number of complete strangers out there who are genuinely decent, engaging, and willing to help us, or accept help from us, vastly overwhelm the small percentage of people who could not be bothered. Plus, it's always great to get the backstory on a cool car you and Mook wrench on - all the best from Wes in Pittsburgh!
That’s so true. So many good and decent people out there, and it seems the general media on all sides try to make us think differently.
That was my favorite
It was great listening to Jeff explain the history of this car.
I'm looking forward to seeing more episode's on this Satellite.
Finding the original owner and being able to connect with them is the most awesome thing I've seen in a LONG time. Almost brings a tear to my eye. 👍🏻
I love story’s like this. I tracked my dads RRC down 20 years after he sold it, it needed an entire restoration of course, many parts of which I roped him in to help with. Along the way he would make so many comments like “I remember making that bracket” “I never liked the way it did that” “I always wanted to do to it what you have done”
I got goosebumps listening to Jeff explain the history of the car, freaking awesome!
I think that the 440 from the boat should go into this boat. More bigger is almost always more better.
pretty good idea, motor mounts, trans mount, exhaust, 727 trans in big blocks and small blocks but not sure of bolt patterns, BTW 727 trans was the last good automatic transmission Chrysler built. all the rest are crap.. been there done that
He probably wants to give the car back with the original engine.
Reverse rotation unfortunately
You my man are the tip of the spear with your knowledge and skill to show the younger generation that it’s pretty easy to work on your own stuff keep up the good work
Thank you! I appreciate this 🤘
@Junkyard Digs you are the main inspiration for me to purchase a classic car (besides myself lol), and I’m on the brink of doing it. As soon as I do, I’m going to watch your videos for tips. You rock!
(To restore the car)
Working on these wonderful cars must be so therapeutic especially when you bring them back to life? Great work guys as always
That's one hell of a cool looking car, definitely a candidate for a full on engine and body restoration. Keep up the great work Kevin and JYD team. Would love to see a Harley revival just to mix things up a little.
I just wanted to say that I absolutely love watching the stuff that you guys do keep it up and can't wait to see what you do with that car.
love and respect from Australia,this is the very best auto channel on You Tube and 2nd place is a long way back ,down to earth people not pretending to be anything else than what you see ,no funny names for engine parts and from what ive seen so far your delivery is still the same from 1st video to the latest ,the way you and Mook work together is OUTSTANDING ,new subscriber glad to be here
Really cool that you were able to speak with the original owner. Jeff seems like a super nice guy, would love to see him reunited with his old car.
Definitely want to see a follow up of him getting his old car back
Yeah that'd be so cool if he gets it all waxed up and shiny and gets the taillights and bumper in the back goes up and visits the original owner it would be really cool.
Kind of like doing genealogy. 😀
I can't wait to see it buffed out it's going to look fantastic. That was awesome the way you tracked the original owner down, sounded like a really cool guy. Good stuff you rock Kevin.
I hope you're doing well after the Tornado. Stay safe.
Very cool that this car came from your hometown and that you found the original owner. It really is in remarkably good condition being a Mopar. I'm not a fan but I do have a 97 Dodge with a 360 Magnum four-by-four pick up with 200,000 miles still going strong. I love your videos and the work that you do. Keep it up and be safe 👍✌️🇺🇲
Jeff, what a guy! not even a moment's hesitation to have a pleasant and captivating conversation.
Nice save! Cool to see the paint come out so well. You scored a nice project! ✌️
the fact the man winter stored it explains why it is in such good condition. That 318 is still pretty healthy too.
In Iowa that is a 100% must if you want something to last more than 20 years. Ask me how I know. LOL!
Love the channel! And absolutely love the rescue and revivals!
I have a long time subscriber Kevin and this one brought a lump to my throat. Seeing what you have plans to do with this car making a road trip to see the OG owner is just the greatest thing ever. I can't wait to see what happens next, in this series and the look on the OG owners face when he dees what you done with it. Great job!!
Absolutely loving the mopars on the channel! 4 barrel carb with 4 barrel intake with 727 Tranmission and 3.55 posi rear-end should do that Beautiful car really good! Can't wait to see part 2!
Always amazing how well Red and Orange paint comes back to life.
From memory of the ramp truck video, I think it might give you more trouble than the Satellite will...
Really enjoy these videos, especially when you take the time to explain some of the technical aspects like you did with the starter and amperage and heat soak etc… it’s appreciated and shows not just your knowledge but willingness to help and teach others! Thanks
Wow cant believe you tracked this car back to the owner that is incredible it's just amazing the life these cars have and the conection to the past when they survive the years 👍absolute brilliant channel please keep up the good work looking forward to seeing more of the satellite...great looking car !! 😁
That was really neat how you found the original owner and helped him reconnect with the car. If it were me, my knowledge of engines is limited at best, I would get the wiring replaced, do a complete service, and something to give it a few more horses. It’s going to be awesome !!!
Being a survivor in such solid condition it is so ripe for a quality restoration!
This is one of my favorite episodes to date. It’s so cool!
On a side note, every single wheel is different. (I think the front left one is original)
Amazing that you found the owner of this car! Can't wait to see if you meet this guy with his car when it's running. I just can't stop watching your content guys.
Kevin's face when the car drove was priceless. The fact that there was no seat and he looked like the 10 year old that stole his daddy's keys for a joyride made the whole thing hilarious!
Surprised it runs quite well all things considered! It buffs out nicely! Very cool you found the original owner!!!!
Great video as always Kevin loved the fact that you actually located the owner that easy and everything worked out .Loik forward to the continued story 👍😎
awesome video Kevin! it was like you were meant to get that mopar, and show just how small of a world it is. gonna be interesting to watch the work on this and hopefully via video road trip it to the original owner.
I could not believe the shine coming out with just a little work. The story of the car is great. Can’t wait to see more of her and her story
Looking forward to seeing the rest of the story! So, don’t burn it up doing burn outs! Thanks for the video!
I always think finding out info about these old cars from past owners is really cool, and makes a lot of things about the car add up. Good video as always kevin!
Sometimes the story about the car makes the car even cooler.
Standard turn around becomes heart warming mission all because you took a moment to care, super excited to see how this plays out, good on ya
Dude. That call to the original owner was fantastic. I caught myself with a grin ear to ear during that convo. I know you will do this car justice. And I can not wait to see this car back in the hands of its original owner. Fantastic video!
Nice run through and just shows you never know who Mom might know!
Wow Kevin. That’s insane. From your hometown and everything. You’re such a nice guy and it shows. Love watching your vids and I always learn something. Ps and Mook 🤘⚔️
Good job figuring out the starter issue. I was thinking weak battery the whole time. Don’t forget the rear bumper and lights! 👍🙂
Love being able to see these classics move under there own weight after so long. Keep doing what you do man!
My Cancer Journey man you really like Windows 95s three random 90 sec videos huh?
What a cool story! Neat car too, can’t wait to see you give it back to the original owner!
Man that ending shot was unreal!
That has to be the most epic thing I've ever seen, great job man!
I cannot wait for the next installment! This was a great episode!
Almost brought tears to my eyes as this video brought back memories of my 72 Challenger which also had a Mopar 318. Of all the cars I've owned over the years the Challenger was the most fun despite all its shortcomings (Carter carburetors suck and points are a PITA, don't even get me started on the freeze plugs 🙄). You're a trooper for fixing all the peripherals and getting it into shape just to pull out of the shop. That coolant leak is ominous though, it's probably internal as well as external. And the seals are probably shot, not telling you anything you don't already know. Am eager for the next video to see if that engine is still road worthy. Very interesting - great content!
definitely would like to see this rebuilt looks like a gorgeous car
Hey there Kevin & Mook from Queensland Australia, First of all I have never left comments before so bare with me. I ve been mechanic for about 38 years and in the last couple of years I started to lose my passion for the trade, I found your channel about 12 months ago and have watched almost all of your videos from the beginning, your knowledge and compassion for old vehicles and machinery is fantastic, your in depth explanations are second to none, in saying that I want to thank you because watching you work, brought back many fond memories and I have finally got my passion back for the trade, I have been looking for old machinery and vehicles and have been enjoying myself working on them unfortunatey not all were in good enough condition but the passion is the journey. We dont have the variety of cars here that you guys have but its still fun. So enough of that, listening to your conversation with the original owner just shows how awesome you are and the respect you have for people, keep up the wonderful work and I look forward to watching more from you and Mook, I would love to get over ther one day and meet you in person. NOT AT ANY OF YOUR PRIVATE LOCATIONS 🤣🤣🤣😉 cheers.
I'm glad we could keep you turning wrenches!
@Junkyard Digs Being an Aussie I call it swinging spanners, but all means the same, keep on wrenching
Your not the only Aussie they have inspired i have been watching for years and i want to become a mechanic
I loved this video! Currently my most looked forward to series on the channel and I can't wait for more
Wow, that was epic! And so awesome that you were able to track down the original owner so easily as well; I really can't wait to see that reunion! That was a pretty decent burnout as well, and you didn't even have to anchor Jesse to the car this time to do it!😂
This is so cool! I can't wait to see the whole process!
Love an episode with history 👍🏻
THOROUGHLY enjoyed this video! I ❤ me an old Mopar and I'm really looking forward to the rest of this saga. Keep 'em comin'!
The fact that you found the original owner is just amazing. This is great.
I've been watching your channel for about a month. I've gotten pretty far into your library by now but there are meny more videos still left .I have to say i'm very happy when you drop a new video ! JYD is the best car channel on youtube. Every revival of an old car brings me back to my dad wrenching on his cars when I was a kid. I'm 38 now, so I've seen him and my uncle work on a lot of classics when I was a kid there Oldsmobiles,montys,big trucks, and even Station Wagons. Thanks as always for sharing kev 💪🏽👍🏼. Now to the video, lol. P.s. Hi Mook, I'm subed 2 your channel as well😁.👋🏼
Very cool revival video! Thanks to you & Mook both!
Those upgrades sound great
Really hoping for another ramp truck vid too
Really glad you guys aren't selling the ramp truck that thing is BA
Hopefully we get a drag strip day/travel vid also
I absolutely loved that whole phone call you had with the original owner. I love the idea of doing a road trip with the car to visit the original owner. Keep up the awesome content Kev!!!
Getting ahold of the owner and knowing the backstory on that car just makes it so much better and such an awesome addition to your channel as a video
Make sure to send Jeff the link to your channel so he can follow these videos and see you bring his car to its former glory!
in 1990 I bought a 1967 Pontiac GTO, in shitbox Orange, I spent 5 years restoring it, and rebuilding it. It had a big ass knuckle dent in the drivers door, I found the OO, and his story was He caught his GF at the time cheating on him, and punched the door, instead of her. Like Kevin, I sold the Goat back to the OO, for basically what I put into the car.
I bet when he told him in this video that he was gonna send him the link to this video at the end of the week that he would watch his videos.
Great find! You should be able to get into the 14's with the basic mods you mentioned. Swap in a stock 340 camshaft, headers with dual exhaust, an aluminium manifold or a stock 340 manifold, dump the points for a drop in a Pertronix electronic ignition distributor (easier than the Mopar electronic upgrade, no external box) and the engine should be good. What gears are in that 8 1/4 rear end? Would be nice to have at least a 3:23 with a sure grip. Looking forward to more videos!
This video was great. Your car is surprisingly almost identical to one I owned. Same color, same year, same oxidized paint ! Mine was a Sebring Plus, with a 383. I want mine back as well !
What a cool looking car! These old beasts have sooo much character
Ken, love seeing you work on these cars. You are one smart guy and hope you hit the 1 million real soon.
that is so cool all around have a blast with it love how you do things on your channel was fun to see the 70 black satellite brought back even the paint wants to come back this is going to be a fun watch.
I do wonder with the owners manual in the glove box is the build sheet still under the back seat?
as an oddball gotta love a Mopar looking forward to seeing this one
Iowa is having tornadoes right now. I hope you two are safe.
This (central) part of the state had some strong thunderstorms but no tornados.
Super cool story on that car and that you found the original owner. Can't wait to see the progress on it. Keep up the good work Kevin!
Another excellent video! I'm really looking forward to how this turns out.
Nice effort. Definitely worth doing something with and seeing if the original owner is keen to buy it back.
Cant belive its taken me this long to find this channel! Love it keep up the good work much live from the U.K 🇬🇧
P.s.s I love that u did some digging on this car 😁 I love the story. I can't wait to find out what happens .
You tracking the previous owners down makes me want to do that with my '79 F100. The previous owner said she bought it off her neighbor in the 90s, and beyond that, it's a mystery to me. Sanding it down for fresh paint revealed that it had white pinstriping all over the original paint, with "Bud H." written in script below the driver door window. This video might just motivate me to track Bud down
That would be awesome to find out who did that!
A matching set of wagon wheels like the front passenger side would look great in my opinion
Got a 84 d150 with a 318 I pulled from a field a couple months ago and since I live in Arkansas with little salt use it is super clean and I am loving the mopar content.
That burn out may have been a cheater; but damned if it didn't make me grin. Looking forward to seeing this cars journey! 🙂
I want to see the bolt ons!!! Please do it if you can, love the junkyard digs fam! Keep rolling
Great video all around. Finding the original owner was epic.
I love how you work through the toughest of ‘will it runs’ but still have to respect the body shop guys abilities.
And the back story of the car is excellent!
What are the chances of that?
Oh any idiot can make a car run! Building a fast car, or making one look good, is a whole different deal
that beautiful car sure seems to want to be back on the pavement nice job you guys inspire me to not take my cars to shops unless it's out of my spectrum.
I'm so looking forward to the next episode. I love old mopars and try to learn a thing or two, since I have a not running 318 myself
This video is something I really needed to watch. I just lost my grandfather after he fought for 45 days to stay alive (passed away last night around 11 PM, 3-31-23), and it's been tough coming to terms with the fact he's actually gone now.
He had a love and respect for MOPARs that was only rivaled by one of his brothers who we lost in 2018, so seeing an old Plymouth get brought back to life for a second chance on the road is a good reminder of one of the things he loved most about cars: the simple joy of fixing them and driving them.
When we found out he had been given a limited frame of time left to live (20 days at most), I switched plans from buying a Pontiac Fiero to restore (my dream car) and brought home a $400 1988 Nissan Sentra sedan that's receiving a ground-up rebuild. Kevin, your videos have helped me stay in the mindset of getting that Sentra on the road so that it can live a new life that it never got to have before. I don't think a simple "Thank you" could cover how much I appreciate your content and everything you do for the cars you save.
If this is at all helpful for the future, you could've tried jb tank weld. It sets in a decent amount of time and can be exposed to gas. It's rated to be fuel resistant so should be handy in a tool chest. I found it at autozone but might not be at every location.
Holy Crow you are so generous! I should have known that from the Grand National video you did, but it still surprises me. I absolutely love your channel and am happy to see you continue well into the future.
Hard labor, taking a break, Kevin uploads, very happy. 🤘
Can’t wait to the next installment!
Y’all had a great idea with the cam, intake, and headers. a set of 360 heads would be sweet too. Uncle Tony builds a mean 318 and has some great wisdom
Kevin. I've been watching you, Luke and the whole gang since almost the begining. Y'all are doing Iowa proud. Keep on keeping on!
3500 seems pretty good deal. Can’t wait to see what the car looks like after the buffing and compounding.
Man it would be epic to see you and Mook do a drag and drive. Even if you're not in one of the fast categories would still be great content. Stroke this thing to a 348 with a cam heads would be a hoot. Or drop a truck V10 in er 🤪
Edit: the Old Milwaukee can is definitely early 90s so that fits with the oil jug
Having stocked many a 12 pack into a cooler with that exact design, can confirm, early to mid 90s on that Old Milwaukee design.
I don’t think putting a V10 and then giving it back to the original owner is in the works.
@Vince Dibona yeah I commented that before I finished the video lol
RV 440!! Great video as always Kevin! Whatever you do it’s gonna be awesome, I can’t wait till dalton comes down to help, ideal
The best part of the Satellite is there a lot of companies selling reproduction body repair panels. So the outer body panels and floors can be removed/replaced with new sheetmetal. This car reminds me of my Dad's 1971 Duster. It was painted the same color orange. I miss my Dad.
This is so awesome. Glad you found the original owner.
Took me a few days to catch it but this kicks so much ass. I dream to have a conversation like that one day when I can snap up an old ride. Such an awesome situation and a sweet ride. Good shit Sir!
I love all of your videos,, but, I gotta say, the best part of this video is the phone conversation. Great job, getting it running and driving. Stoked to watch the follow up videos.
This is gonna be a great series to follow, love it when old mopars get to live and be enjoyed as they should be.
Bought one in '83 for$400. Loved it. Great power to weight ratio and tight auto trans.
Beautiful car and so cool you found the original owner.
Probably too expensive but I would love to see a Mopar 6-pack intake. I've never seen one on a 318 but I bet It would go like stink and definitely would look badazz!
how easily you were finding the old owner is amazing! top job!