Advice for 1970 Sport Satellite

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Hi I just picked up a 1970 Sport Satellite today, very excited to say the least. Its a 318CI (wish it was the 383) but its a solid AZ car. I know what I need to do tot he body but its been sitting for a while maybe two years. It only has 14,XXX original miles and I purchased it from the original owner. I want to bring the engine up right after sitting for a while and would like to get some advise on what I need to do before I try to fire her up. Here is my list. Let me know if I am missing something.

Electrical
New plugs (recommendations of type?)
Wire set
Points cap and rotor

Cooling
Inspect and replace hoses as needed
Top off

Oil Change and filter

Fuel

Inspect and replace fuel lines as needed
Add inline fuel filter just before carburetor
Drain old fuel and fill with fresh

Brakes
Check vacuum line
Drain and replace brake fluid (type?)



Oh and I need wheels and tires. What are the best sizes for front and rear? Thinking of either Cragars if I can afford them or aluminum slotted......

Thanks! I will try and post some pics soon.....this might become an interesting thread....

the Moparfiend
 

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Congrats, that is a great year and I bet you are excited. We would love to see some pictures.

2 years isn't very long. Change oil, filter, fuel filter, check coolant, inspect brakes. No need to change the fluid unless it looks like mud. Cap and rotor is cheap.

Pull the distributor and spin the oil pump up to get oil up top. Get a socket on the crank bolt anf see if it still spuns over freely. You might be surprised at how easy it will fire up with just a oil change.
 

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Thanks Threewood good advice about priming the oil with the spinner out. Also I have not tried to crank the crank so hopefully no surprises there. One thing I did notice was the filler tube was loose. Did they use a flex rubber tube to the tank?
 

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Thanks Threewood good advice about priming the oil with the spinner out. Also I have not tried to crank the crank so hopefully no surprises there. One thing I did notice was the filler tube was loose. Did they use a flex rubber tube to the tank?
Fuel filler tube? Yes, there is a rubber donut grommet that the tube fits into and it can crack . Or you could be missing the screw that holds the tube to the car.

Link to the grommet...
http://www.fillernecksupply.com/196...GWH84go95ll3xOti51Z0Fl4MUMainWpxoCzMkQAvD_BwE
 

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Thanks threewood, that might be all I need not sure. It looks like I am going to possibly need an assembly manual or something like that.
 

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Its a 318. Dump some gas down the carb and hit the key. It's only been 2 years. I dont think you can hurt them things!
Good score on a cool ride!
 

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PP1RT thanks that's what I have heard about the 318 and Mopars in general. I am used to older chevys and they are not so bulletproof...
 

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PP1RT thanks that's what I have heard about the 318 and Mopars in general. I am used to older chevys and they are not so bulletproof...
I'm in Tucson. Welcome. PM me if you are close by.
 

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I put somebody transmission fluid in through the spark plug holes on my 301 that had been sitting for 15 years. Turned it over by hand, let the starter turn it over and changed the oil. Haven't had a problem with it. Might do the same if you're worried about it
 

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Agree, two years is not a long time. But original from 1970 IS a long time. With only 14,xxx miles on this car, it has sat way more than it has run. I'd put an extra fuel filter BEFORE your fuel pump (and a fresh one in the standard location). Run it a bit, and then take that fuel filter off and apart to see if you have a bunch of grit in it. (I had a very fine beige colored grit in my fuel tank. It somehow made its way through my fuel filter and mucked up my carb. I ended up replacing my fuel tank.) You may need to flush or even replace the fuel tank depending on what it looks like.

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thanks hsoeman looks like the car may have sat a lot longer than I was told and that the mileage maybe also a lot more. So I will be doing a lot more work before I fire it up. The manifold is shot...So I am going to put an Edlebrock performer and a 4 barrel on it strait away.
 

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Ok so the fuel tank is has a locking cap in which the key was broken off (every corner I turn geez). AND the filler neck is loose and does not seem to be attached to anything. I see the mounting flange on the neck and wondering if anyone can tell me or provide a pic on how the filler neck is mounted. Oh and if anyone knows an easy way to remove a locked filler cap....

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as for the locked gas cap...there is a bolt that holds the filler neck to the body, take that out...squirt some panther piss around the doughnut seal, and pull the neck out. you may have to lower the tank to get enough clearance.then you can work on getting the cap off safely. as for the engine..if it turns over freely by hand...squirt some oil in the cylinders and I'd run a gallon can of gas to the pump and have at it. then if it runs OK, worry about the tune up and fluid/hose replacements. good luck.
 

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Grommet goes on the gas tank, fuel filler neck slides into grommet.
Grommet.jpg


Pull the filler neck out to remove the gas cap.
 

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Good info guys. Yes I see that the filler should be bolted to the frame some where of course its not. So it looks like I can pull it right off lol. It is very loose.

Pic for the basket case:

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Welcome. I have owned 3 70 Satellites (all convertibles) with 318's. The engines really are indestructible. Enjoy !!!!!
 
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