ONE SIMPLE QUESTION
I follow a few muscle car pages on Facebook just to torture myself with seeing what everyone else out there is enjoying while I sit carless in front of my computer.
One day someone in Arizona posted that they were selling a 1966 Plymouth Satellite convertible, powered by a 318 Poly for $28,500. It looks awesome and I was really trying to talk myself into inquiring about it. The big issue is Arizona is pretty far away and buying a car sight unseen makes me extremely nervous. Plus it has a 318 Poly for an engine.
The 318 was one of the general workhorse engines for Mopar and there were many, many cars equipped with the 318. In the Mopar enthusiast circles, the 318 has a nickname – “boat anchor”. Basically, it’s a dog of an engine as far as performance goes. But there is one saving grace: it’s a 318 “Poly”, and there’s a lot of love for the poly version of the 318. Poly means that the combustion chamber is polyspherical, kind of like the hemi. Kinda. So, it’s a unique little engine that some Mopar lovers like to play around with. Me? I’d pull the damn thing and put in a hemi, probably a Hellcat. Or at least pay someone to do that for me.
I finally worked up the interest thinking it would be a fun driver even if it was woefully underpowered. I poured over the pictures and came upon a photo of the door jamb showing the VIN of the car. In the picture, however, was an unusual green wire coming from the car into the door. I found that to be weird since there is nothing powered in that door – no power windows, door locks, lights or stereo speakers. So I clicked on the comment box for that photo and asked one simple question:
“What’s the green wire for?”
A day later I checked back in with the post fully expecting to have it explained to me. Nope. But not only was there no answer there was no photo. The poster deleted it! What the hell? Instead of giving an explanation, or even a “I have no idea,” they just decided to delete the photo. Now it looks like they are trying to hide something. My best guess is that it was an old speaker wire for a speaker mounted in the door, but the door panel looks new was probably replaced sans speaker. Just a hunch. But this guy decided to hide the photo for whatever reason and now I’m more confused than interested.
I put a link to a video of the car below. It is a nice looking car. I’ll keep an eye on it.