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1999 Ford Mustang GT - The Lemonator
When life handed him a lemon, Toby Thompson squeezed his ’99 GT into a Saleen tribute
With all the body parts in-hand, Toby had the body shop fix the car's dings and dents, and respray the car in its original Chrome Yellow. Toby admits, "It took the body shop four months to finish, but it turned out better than I had anticipated!”
While waiting for the bodywork, Toby had plans for something new under the hood. "I started reading about a Tork Tech Terminator GT supercharger kit that added a '03-'04 Cobra blower to a 4.6-liter Two-Valve. I chose it because I prefer the look of the Cobra's Eaton M112 supercharger best. I wanted to not only go faster, but go faster with style.”
The centerpiece was a take-off Terminator supercharger and throttle body that Toby shipped to Stiegmeier for its Stage 6 porting treatment. Though many of Tork Tech's building blocks for the supercharger kit remain, most of the ancillaries received Toby's touch. "I used a Meziere intercooler pump, an AFCO dual-pass heat exchanger, a JLT True Cold Air kit, a 90mm Lightning mass air, and a Saleen intercooler expansion tank. I also had the pulley bridge and lower intake manifold powdercoated silver.”
Toby wasn't excited about the included coolant crossover solution, so he put his engineering skills to work. "I decided to create a custom coolant crossover tube that fit under the blower snout, behind the pulley bridge, and connected into the right cylinder head. Then the coolant would flow back to the radiator with an in-line thermostat housing."
To help with the layout and check for interference, Toby used some sophisticated measuring equipment and design tools at his disposal. "I used a laser scanner and ‘3-D mapped' the assembly into my computer. Then I used computer-aided design software to design the crossover tube so it cleared everything and connected to the three coolant ports on the manifold."Apparently "shade-tree"is absent from Toby's vernacular.
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"I sent my crossover tube CAD model and prints to companies that specialize in making custom silicon hoses,"but when he received some staggering manufacturing quotes, Toby decided he'd save the money and fabricate the crossover himself. "I printed my CAD prints full-size, and headed to the hardware store. I sat in the plumbing section and matched up different copper fittings until I had what I needed."With the copper fittings, parts from the Tork Tech kit, some HPS silicon hoses, a Meziere Inline thermostat housing, and (after an auto parts store scavenger hunt) a coolant hose for a '92 GMC Typhoon, Toby had his solution.
In addition to his coolant crossover, Toby is also proud of another subtle modification. "I disliked the factory's ‘bird's nest' of wiring and hoses. So, I removed the engine wiring harness and completely covered it in expandable sleeving, which turned out to be time-consuming! It's one of those modifications that took a ton of time."We think it was time well spent because Toby's harness cleans up the engine compartment's appearance.
His well-thought-out GT is right at home on the street and hitting the local cruise spot, but Toby has bigger plans: "My overall goal is to hit 200 mph at Bonneville's Speedweek with the car in full street trim."For that, Toby will have to make safety upgrades. "This winter I'm installing a Maximum Motorsports six-point roll bar, and a fire suppression system."Toby's yellow GT will need more than its current 405 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque at the wheels to crack two bills on the salt. "I'm going to build a short-block to handle a lot of boost and power."A stroker kit, Trick Flow heads, a Whipple supercharger, 3.55:1 gears, and a Tremec Magnum T-56 transmission are also on Toby's wish list.
Surely Toby Thompson would've preferred to avoid the fire hydrant that smashed his Mustang, but Toby turned a bad situation into an opportunity. So, when life hands you a lemon squeeze out a Terminator-blown Lemonator. 5.0
Horse Sense: Chrome Yellow was only offered on '98-'99 Mustangs.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and DrivetrainBlock
Tork Tech (powdercoated silver) w/ JLT cold-air intake, Lightning 90mm mass air, and polished '03-'04 Cobra throttle body
Stiegmeier Stage 6-ported Terminator Eaton M112
'03-'04 Cobra baffled fuel tank w/ '03-'04 Cobra pump assembly, and Bosch 42-lb/hr injectors
MAC long-tube headers (wrapped) w/ Greyhound Performance high-flow catalytic converter X-pipe, and Magnaflow "Magnapak"after-cat system
Stock five-speed w/ Centerforce Dual Friction 11-in clutch, and Hurst Billet/Plus shifter
Stock 8.8-in w/ 3.73:1 gears
ElectronicsEngine management Stock PCM w/ SCT tune
Stock w/ ACCEL coils
'99 Cobra gauge cluster w/ Auto Meter fuel pressure, boost, and air/fuel ratio