Joe Rogan, a multifaceted personality known for his diverse interests, has an undeniable passion for classic muscle cars. Among his impressive collection, his 1970 Plymouth Cuda, affectionately named “Sick Fish,” stands out as a testament to his love for automotive artistry. Designed by the renowned Chip Foose and brought to life by the skilled hands of Troy Trepanier from Rad Rides by Troy, this exceptional resto-mod masterpiece has undergone a recent transformation, blending its original aesthetics with a modern powertrain and chassis, courtesy of The Roadster Shop.
The recent overhaul of the “Sick Fish” involved a meticulous process that retained the car’s distinct 1970s look while integrating cutting-edge engineering for an unparalleled driving experience. The entire floor and firewall were expertly removed, giving way to a custom chassis expertly fitted with a rear-mounted transaxle, all connected via an innovative torque tube system. This ingenious approach not only maximized space but also enhanced structural rigidity due to the unibody construction.
Under the hood lies the beating heart of this automotive masterpiece: a robust 7.0-liter Mercury Marine SB4 V8 long block engine. This powerhouse generates an awe-inspiring 750 naturally aspirated horsepower, capable of reaching an exhilarating 8,300 rpm, accompanied by the quintessential muscle car exhaust note. Custom-fabricated long tube headers lead to a three-inch stainless steel X-pipe and Borla mufflers, ensuring both performance and an unforgettable sound. Crafted in-house at Mercury Marine, the naturally aspirated SB4 engine boasts exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and a dual overhead camshaft valve train integrated into an LS cylinder block, enhanced with meticulously engineered Mercury Racing components.
The “Sick Fish 2.0” takes its stance and handling to an entirely new level with the incorporation of Fox adjustable coilovers, granting a 2-inch lift for improved versatility. The car’s body and suspension underwent extensive modifications to enable full steering lock-to-lock movement, accommodating striking 22-inch HRE wheels wrapped in 265-width tires up front and beefy 295-width tires at the rear. This enhanced suspension setup, combined with modern RS Fast Track chassis engineering, delivers not only striking aesthetics but also true drivability and optimal ground clearance, ensuring a thrilling driving experience on various road conditions.
Inside the “Sick Fish,” modernization meets comfort and convenience. Recaro seats cradle occupants, while digital panels seamlessly integrate with the carbon fiber accents, providing a harmonious blend of contemporary amenities and classic muscle car aesthetics. The interior redefines the driving experience, creating an ambiance where technology and tradition coexist seamlessly.
Source: AutotopiaLA & The Roadster Shop