This might be a first of hopefully more of this kind of engine swap.


There’s no doubt the Hellcat V8 is a wondrous engine which can improve just about any vehicle, whether a muscle car or not. That’s the kind of thinking that goes behind dropping the 707-horsepower engine in a 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite. Just to make sure everyone’s on the same page with what’s going on, the supercharger peeks out through a cutout in the hood. Show ‘em if you got ‘em, right?

A Hellcat Powers This 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite

Weaver Customs, a shop in Utah, was the mastermind behind this clean and intriguing build. Most people wouldn’t even begin to think of the Sport Satellite as a muscle machine, and that’s partly what makes it so fun. Dropping a Hellcat in a classic Dodge Challenger or Charger is expected and has been done plenty.

A Hellcat Powers This 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite

Because there aren’t a lot of people customizing Plymouth Sport Satellites, Weaver Customs had to fabricate a good many of the parts on this car. That made the build more challenging, although the final payoff is that much sweeter.

A Hellcat Powers This 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite

In fact, the shop had to fabricate the hood, front spoiler, rocker panels, and side ducts using metal. There’s a mesh grille painted black with two brushed ram air intakes next to the LED headlights, giving a modernized vibe to this restomod.

A Hellcat Powers This 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite

For good measure, Weaver Customs decided to push the Hellcat V8 to the next level. Apparently 707-hp is just a little too watered down. Thanks to some tuning, it’s pushing about 900-hp. Sending that power to the Ford 9-inch rear axle is a six-speed transmission. A custom chassis complete with Scotts Hotrods front suspension and a four-link rear suspension helps provide the kind of torsional rigidity necessary to handle the punishment a tuned Hellcat dishes out. Wilwood disc brakes also help maintain performance balance.

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