Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

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Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by sdweatherman » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:13 am

Yep, you guys are going to think I am nuts with this one. I happened upon another factory sunroof car in my area. This one will be an incredibly challenging project for my retirement years, when my welding and fabbing skills are much better.

The story begins about three years ago at a local car show. One of the Mopar owners at the show mentions that he knew of a 71 or 72 Plymouth sunroof car that happens to be upside down at the bottom of a ravine out east on the South Dakota prairie. Its way down an embankment off the side of the road, and has been there for at least 20-30 years. He thought it might be a Road Runner, but wasn't sure. We parted ways and I kicked myself for not grabbing his name.

A few years passed and I was telling this story to a fellow club member and I described the guy to him. He thought he knew who I was talking about and gave the guy a call - bingo. After contacting him myself and having him send me some pictures, I knew I was interested in the car. At the price he quoted me, worst case scenario, I would still come out ahead with all the little parts I could scavenge off it. The pictures revealed a very sad looking car, and not a Road Runner, but a 1972 Satellite Sebring Plus. After studying the pictures some more, I told the guy that I would take the car, and we set about plans to extract it.

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I was trying to not get too excited about the car. I told myself that the only way that this car even gets a remote chance of being resurrected is if it has these 3 qualifiers:

1) It has to be a true sunroof car.
2) It has to be a big block car.
3) And it definitely has to still have its fender tags to prove it.

The day finally came to meet with the guy and we went out to extract the car. I could not believe how far down the embankment it was! Using a lot of chain and posts to get it to roll up the hill easier, it was up on the road within a couple of hours. It looked even sadder when we rolled it off of its top. We drug it up on a trailer and got back to the guys place to give it a close look over. Remember my three qualifiers? As luck would have it, it met all 3. And not barely, this car was a stunner when it was brand new.

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This 'Sebring Plus is one of the highest optioned '72 Pluses I have come across. So much so that the fender tag is completely full! One more option and this would have been a two-tag car! On top of that, it sports a super color combo. This car is Hemi Orange with a white interior and white canopy top. Not only does it have a big block, it has the 400 4bbl HP engine - the beefiest engine you could order for the Sebring Plus. Some of the better options that came on this car include, of course, the sunroof, A/C, power disc brakes, dual painted racing mirrors, bright exhaust tips, the AM/FM with console mounted cassette, and power windows.

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The car took a very hard hit to the front end, and it will take some time to sort out what can be saved and what will have to be replaced. I have already concluded that I will have to find a donor car, as finding all the sheet metal and front frame rails, along with all the nuts bolts and brackets individually would not be very cost effective. But there is no hurry as I have several years before I retire and am able to get started on this one.
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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by 71bird » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:51 am

I think that is called a re body.
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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by Eric » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:53 am

Nicely optioned car. N95 California car too. Lot of work there.
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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by 71Beeper » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:53 am

Still some good pieces on that one.
The rear tail panel looks better than mine.
Hows the trunk floor?

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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by sdweatherman » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:57 pm

71Beeper wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:53 am
Still some good pieces on that one.
The rear tail panel looks better than mine.
Hows the trunk floor?
Since the car sat upside down for 25+ years, the floor pan and trunk pan are in really good shape.
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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by sdweatherman » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:11 am

So it begins...the guy that helped me drag it up out of the ravine hauled it into town and dropped it off at my friend Jeremy's place. Got it up on some blocks and went to work on it. As you could tell, the front end was pretty much toast. Got the fenders and valance off. Then went to work on cutting off the driver's frame rail. Looks like the passenger inner fender is repairable, but went ahead and cut off the passengers frame rail as it was slightly twisted. I have a mint passenger frame rail anyway. Now that the front end is taken care of, I will build a body dolly so I can load it up on my trailer and haul it home - just as soon as I finish my car corral. I promised the wife I would not clutter up the yard with my junk. Other than pulling off parts and pieces from the shell, it will be in this state for quite awhile.
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1971 GY8 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus
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Re: Another Plymouth B-Body Sunroof car saved...well...maybe

Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:31 pm

Yep, you're crazy :D

But it's a good kind of crazy 8)

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