Street Sweeper

1973 Plymouth Satellite

In the world of street cars, there have always been two distinct types running up and down the road. Those that look fast, and those that look slow, and when street racing first hit the scene in the 50’s, a lot of shrewd guys soon found out that they could make some money with a car that looked slow, but ran fast. This type of car was quickly dubbed a “sleeper”, because they were hard to detect until it was too late! 

Now most people think a sleeper car needs to look junky, and they can… but that’s not the ONLY way to do one. Since the sleeper concept is more about misdirection than ugly, there are a lot of ways you can pull it off, and still have a nice looking car. That’s the concept of the “Street Sweeper” project… to start with a less popular make, model and year of car and build it into something that looks like a cruiser on the outside, and at the same time be hiding ferocious high performance ability under the skin. 

The car is a ’73 Plymouth Satellite Sebring, (no Road runners or GTX’s here) that was lady -owned and garage-kept it’s whole life, so we don’t have the hassle of building the car from the ground up, and thus save a ton of money on restoration costs. The factory bench seat, column shift, and vinyl top look docile enough, but It’s further compounded by the factory beige/white paint, and most of that will remain as it is. The big changes we are making are happening with the suspension, drivetrain, and brakes. After all, who would suspect that a ’73 Satellite would be packin’ a 528 Hemi and road race suspension under the skin? Very few people, that’s who… and uncorking this thing against the local hot shot at a stop light, or on a road course is exactly what a sleeper is all about. Let the games begin!!

Original Manufacturer Specifications

  • $3,110

    Price

  • 3530 lbs

    Weight

  • 1965-1974

    Production Years

  • 882,196

    Total Plymouth Production

  • 19,056

    Hardtop Coupes

Street Sweeper Partners & Products

Transmission & Drivetrain

727 Torque Flite Transmission, Torque convertor & damper for Hemi engine
Under/Overdrive System (converting a 3spd to a 6spd transmission)
Chrome tilt steering column
Complete ladder bar suspension kit, panhard bar kit, sway bar kit, shock mounts, crossmember Heavy duty 9" Ford housing w/ brackets & ends welded on, custom width
Aluminum 9" center section w/ limited slip posi & 3:25 gears Forged 35 spline axles, bearings & studs
Streetfighter Series 3/4 spd shifter

Interior

Muscle car gauge cluster dash insert
American tradition series of gauges
The Switchblade: Fiberglass center console
Pro-Car Rally 2000 seats

Engine

Electric exhaust cut-outs
Polished aluminum radiator with dual fans
Custom fit exhaust sytems for muscle cars HVSII Velocity series mufflers (comparing turbo & chambered mufflers)
Engine mounting motor plate, Firewall support kit: angled tubing, metal brackets & gussets
Revolver system/motor plate & accessories
Electronic ignition box & coil
Hemi Engine & Accessories
Heavy duty long tube headers

Chassis

XRT Suspension System (Tubular System), Transformer Front Suspension: Cross member system for '73 Satellite (Crossmember, upper & lower control arms, rack & pinion, spindles, coilover shocks & hardware)
Rear coilover shocks

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

Ultra Street Tire Series
LT Wheel Series
Front Brakes (hub, rotors, 6 piston calipers), Rear disc brakes kit, master cylinder & proportioning valve

Project Episodes

  • The Street Sweeper

  • The Street Sweeper Part 2

  • Street Sweeper Part 3