Captured by Thawley's Canons...
Captured by Thawley's Canons in street guise, Glenn's desert Fox can also switch to Weld strip footwear and rattle off a 9.39 e.t. at 149 mph. This performance was apparently attained through the 3.08 gears, though Glenn also has a set of 4.10s for those occasions when fuel mileage isn't important. Speaking of which-with the 3.08s, he says the Herculean hatchback returns 20 mpg on the highway.
Be afraid; be very afraid. Imagine, for a moment, 840 rear-wheel horsepower together with the generous rev-ability permitted by an FRPP 351 race block, all working through a 3.08:1 axle ratio. We can't help but picture an obscene top end, attainable in an instant. For point of reference, your typical Nextel Cup stock car has to get by with somewhere in the neighborhood of "only" 800 ponies at the crank. So we can understand why Glenn Terlizzi's '93 LX hatchback has apparently earned him the nickname of the "Kingman Krusher."
Glenn is a dude who evidently likes powerful transportation, having previously had a motorcycle that would "wheelie on the highway for five miles." He's also owner of Kingman, Arizona's Glenn's Performance (www.glennsperformance.com), a shop that originally made its name with a Mustang fuel tank dress-up kit and has since branched out into serious fuel-system solutions for high-horsepower applications. Turbo and intercooler kits are some of the latest ventures of Glenn's growing company.
In a tale that's becoming satisfyingly common, Glenn says he had always been a fan of '60s GM musclecars-until he bought his first Fox, a '90 LX automatic. "It was light, it handled well, and even though it was slow, I loved it!" After he did a little suspension wrenching and slapped on some fat rubber, "it could take anything through the canyons, but straight line was a different story." Being easy meat in the straight sections just wouldn't do, so he peddled the '90, bought this Vermillion Red '93 hatch, and got down to the business of building power. He started with an S-Trim Vortech, a cam, and Victor Jr. heads on a stock 5.0 short-block, which was fine until he "split the block like a watermelon, down the middle."
That's when he stepped up to the current Ford Racing 351 four-bolt casting, stroked it to 401 cubes with a Lunati billet-steel crank, and strapped on Crower billet-steel rods and CP blower-friendly pistons, all assembled in his own shop. With such a sturdy bottom to lean on, Glenn ported some AFR 225 heads and an Edelbrock EFI 5.8 intake, and then bolted on Vortech's decidedly race-oriented V-7 YS-Trim centrifugal supercharger. A glance at the accompanying engine photo gives testimony to Glenn's fabricating skills in getting the whole deal plumbed up. Part of that plumbing involves manly 96-lb/hr injectors fed from a Glenn's Performance six-baffle sumped fuel tank. The baffles and gates control fuel movement under longitudinal and lateral g-forces. Another of Glenn's own products is a fuel cooler that's said to eliminate the need for a fuel controller with Aeromotive's Pro Series pump.
Horse Sense: Glenn's Performance...
Horse Sense: Glenn's Performance was put on the Mustang map by the ABS fuel-tank cover and show-chromed tank straps that were its first products.
We get the impression this desert Fox is perpetually a work in progress. At one point-at 12 psi, with 42-lb/hr injectors and still under control of the stock EEC-the car ran a 10.90 e.t. on street tires with a 2.73:1 gearset. Both AOD and five-speed transmissions have been tried to harness the power and, last we heard, a LenTech Strip Terminator Stage 2 AOD-with Overdrive-was onboard. Now tuned with a FAST speed-density setup and cog-driven to 18 psi, the hatch has run mid-9s through 3.08 gears-a combination Glenn tells us still ekes out 17 mpg around town and a frugal 20 mpg on the highway. A nice combo, right? Not nice enough, it seems, as an intercooled, twin-turbo setup is said to be on the horizon-one that Glenn plans to market, so stay tuned.
Our advice if you find yourself cruising in the northwest corner of Arizona and a bright red LX hatchback with a 4-inch-cowled Steeda hood ambles up alongside? Pretend you don't see it. The Kingman Krusher may just be looking for another ego to flatten.
For those of you wondering,...
For those of you wondering, letting a Vortech V-7 YS-Trim with a cog-driven 2.75-inch pulley inject about 18 psi of boost into a stroked, 401-inch, race-prepped Windsor will send 840 hp and 710 lb-ft to the wheels on 91-octane. Said power is hard on transmissions but is still not enough for Glenn Terlizzi, who wants to substitute twin 76mm turbos and his company's new water-to-air intercooler. Glenn expects 1,200 to 1,400 rear-wheel horsepower. We expect he'll break more transmissions.
Since this is "almost a daily...
Since this is "almost a daily driver," Glenn kept all the factory power accessories functional-including the A/C-and swapped in a pair of '98 Cobra leather buckets, having full power adjustments on both driver and passenger sides.
A Wolfe six-point chrome-moly...
A Wolfe six-point chrome-moly 'cage keeps things safe and rigid, while an armada of Auto Meter gauges keeps an eye on the engine room.
|ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN||Injectors||Control arms |
|FRPP four-bolt 351, 9.5-inch deck||Fuel Pump||Springs|
|Bore||Aeromotive Pro Series||Stock|
|Stroke||Hooker Super Comp, 131/44-in||Koni |
|Displacement||3-in with Flowmaster mufflers||N/A|
|Crank||LenTech Strip Terminator Stage 2, with OD||Wilwood SuperLite four-piston|
|Lunati billet steel||Driveshaft||Wheels |
|Rods||Custom steel||'95 Cobra R (street), Weld (strip)|
|Crower billet steel, 6.125 in||Rearend||Tires|
|Pistons||8.8 with welded tubes, billet caps, Superior 31-spline axles, Auburn Pro, 3.08:1 and 4.10:1||Nitto 555, 245/45-17|
|CP blower|| ||Rear Suspension|
|Compression Ratio|| ||Springs |
|Crane roller, 0.640/0.632-in lift, 310 duration||FAST EFI||Tokico five-way adjustable shocks|
|Rocker Arms||Ignition||Control arms|
|Comp Cams Pro Magnum 1.7:1||MSD 7AL2||Steeda aluminum lower & adjustable upper |
|AFR 225, ported by Glenn's Performance||Auto Meter||Stock|
|Edelbrock EFI 5.8, ported by Glenn's Performance||SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS||'95 Cobra R (street), Weld (strip) |
|Throttle Body||Front Suspension||Tires|
|Accufab 90mm||K-member||Nitto 555, 285/40-17|
|Mass Air||Stock||Chassis Stiffening|
|N/A|| ||Wolfe six-point rollcage|