Loch Ethridge Builds Dream Car from Ground Up

Year: 1970

Make: Plymouth

Model: ‘Cuda 408

 

Somewhere around mile marker 20 on Interstate Highway 70 headed toward the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Loch Ethridge talks about the beauty he spent six years restoring, every nut and bolt done by his hands. The body shouts 1970s, but it is all 21st century under the hood, a high-end “resto-mod” in car-guy jargon. Even the original color, sassy grass green, has been replaced with 2010 Chrysler viper yellow. 

Loch bought this vehicle in poor condition then restored it to his specific wishes. He created the ultimate street-track racing car, superior for gripping the road to power out of turns and stop on a dime.

“This isn’t a garage queen. It’s made to be driven,” Loch says. “Dialed in at rear wheels to the ground, 408 horsepower to the asphalt, 450 pounds of low-end torque.”

Due to production issues, few ’Cudas were sold, resulting in a small pool of cars available today. While the Mustang may be the nostalgic symbol of the American Pony Car Wars, the ’Cuda is its tougher cousin, highly sought after today.

Build Sheet Specs:
+ 360 Mopar small block engine V8, punched out to 408 cubic inches
+ Moser 8 ¾ high-performance axle with 3.55 gearing
+ Custom built, oversized aluminum radiator
+ Tremec fully electronic transmission, allows racing or street mode
+ Wilwood ultralight hydro-assist brakes

 

“This isn’t a garage queen. It’s made to be driven. Dialed in at rear wheels to the ground, 408 horsepower to the asphalt, 450 pounds of low-end torque.”