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Mad AMX: Mike Loboda's 1970 AMC AMX

The drag strip has long been dominated by automatic transmissions and delay boxes. Not for Mike Loboda, though. Director of the U.M.T.R (United Manual Transmission Racers) North region, Mike is dedicated to high-rpm clutch dumps and lightning-fast power shifts. His wheel-standing weapon of choice? This 1970 AMC AMX that combines ’70s show car style with take-no-prisoners 1/4-mile performance.

“You didn’t think AMC had it in them,” Mike said of the AMX, arguably one of the muscle era’s most beautiful—and daring—designs. “They were a great-looking car, and they ran really well!” Mike’s runs even better, turning in a best E.T. of 9.40 at 143 mph. While that’s fast for a stock-framed, leaf-sprung car, the AMX might have even more to offer: the recently rebuilt 415 cu. in. AMC stroker motor now sports a custom sheetmetal cross-ram intake, topped with a pair of Quick Fuel Brawler carburetors. “Dual quads are just cool,” Mike says, smiling.

Click the Slide Show link above to see more old-school cool and get the full scoop on what it’s like to be a three-pedal racer in a two-pedal world. Mike doesn’t think he needs a turbo, nitrous, or a torque converter to go fast…and you might just agree!

Photography By: Todd Biss Productions
Art Direction By: Aaron Gray
Story By: Aaron Dolezal


Frame: Stock, subframe connectors
Rear End: Ford 9", Richmond Gear 5.43:1 ring and pinion, Moser Engineering axles and spool, Competition Engineering wheelie bars
Front Suspension: Stock, AFCO coilovers, limiting chains
Rear Suspension: Mopar Super Stock-pattern leaf springs, AFCO shocks, ladder bars
Brakes: Aerospace Components front disc, Wilwood rear disc
Wheels and Tires: Cragar S/S (15" x 4 1/2" front, 15" x 12" rear); Mickey Thompson ET Front 27.5/4.0-15, ET Drag 31/10.5-15

Engine and Transmission
415 cu. in. AMC, factory 401 cu. in. block bored .020" with billet steel 4-bolt main caps and Mangus external oil pump, Herman Lewis aluminum heads, Xceldyne 2.125"/1.625" titanium valves, PSI springs, Jesel roller rocker arms, AMC forged crankshaft (offset ground and stroked 1/8"), Carrillo small block Chevy connecting rods, JE forged pistons, COMP Cams mechanical roller camshaft and lifters, Smith Brothers pushrods, ARP fasteners
Machine Work: B&K Racing, North Bloomfield, OH
Induction: Two Quick Fuel Brawler 750 cfm carburetors, aluminum sheetmetal cross-ram intake manifold fabricated by B&K Racing, MagnaFuel 500 fuel pump
Power Adder: “Heaven forbid”
Ignition and Electrical: Mallory distributor, MSD 7AL-2 ignition controller, MSD coil, MSD ignition wires, ARC wiring harness, Tilton starter, two TurboStart 16V batteries
Exhaust: Hedman Husler race headers
Cooling: Be Cool aluminum radiator, stock water pump with Moroso electric drive
Other: Summit Racing® braided stainless steel hoses and aluminum AN fittings, Canton Racing Accusump oil accumulator
Power and Torque: 650 hp at 7,100 rpm and 544 ft.-lbs. at 5,400 rpm
Transmission: Jerico 4-speed manual, McLeod clutch, Lakewood bellhousing, Long vertical gate shifter

Exterior Bodywork: Magic Custom Restyling, Brook Park, OH
Paint: Designed by owner and Jim Curtis of Magic Custom, painted by Magic Custom
Body Modifications: Fiberglass 1968-69 AMX hood lengthened to fit 1970 car, fiberglass trunk lid

Roll Cage: TIG-welded chromoly by Davis Race Cars, Madison, OH
Other: AutoMeter gauges, stock dashboard with aluminum face, RJS Camlock harness

Special Thanks
My son, Sean; girlfriend, Connie Carnes; Jim Schneider; and Roger Blile

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