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1992 Ford Mustang LX - Mean Green Sleeper
Mike Corrin’s basic 9-second Mustang LX
Mike Corrin spent 17 years building the ultimate Emerald Green Coupe.
Like many of us, the Galena, Maryland, resident has had a thing for Mustangs since he was a youngin'.
"When I was 10 or 11, my uncle had a '92 black hatchback. I thought it was so fast, even though it was mostly stock. That was when I began to like Mustangs," Mike told us.
Fast forward seven years. Mike's brother was selling a '92 notchback shell and Mike jumped at the chance to own a Mustang—even if it was just a piece of one. "When my brother bought the car, I basically fell in love with it, so when he decided to get rid of it, I had to have it," he says. "I put a 502ci big-block in the car but it had timing gremlins," he explained, "So I sold the big-block to help fund an engagement ring."
After that, he decided to build a small-block equipped with a turbocharger, but a turbo kit off the shelf wasn't going to do it. "I decided to build the turbo kit myself— everything is custom-made, from the header flanges, headers, crossover, downpipe, muffler, and intake tubing, to the transmission, engine and transmission mounts, and rear."
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The current powerplant is a 331-cube beast built around a Dart Sportsman block with a mild compression ratio of 9:1 for NMRA True Street racing. It was built by Ed Thomas Performance Engines in St. Georges, Delaware, and features an Ed Thomas Custom hydraulic-roller camshaft and Trick Flow R series aluminum heads. A TFS-R lower and Vortech upper intake sits atop the engine, with an Accufab 90mm throttle body. The turbo kit is comprised of a Precision GT47-88 turbocharger with a max boost rating of 20 psi and a Vortech Igloo aftercooler.
A Ford 4R70W automatic transmission and 8.8 rear with 3.08 gears puts the power to the 10th Anniversary Cobra wheels, which are wrapped in Mickey Thompson ET Street tires. The exhaust roars through custom headers and gutted 4-inch aero turbine mufflers.
Mike also welded in subframe connectors to keep the chassis stiff, while Lakewood shocks and struts are matched with D&D coilover springs in the front and stock GT springs in the rear. The engine was tuned by Job Spetter Jr. of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and with 864 hp and 863 lb-ft of torque, it can take big action to the dragstrip. "The best it has run is a pair of 9.37s at 157 mph," Mike told us. "I'm happy with it. It's where I want it to be, but I'm shooting for 8s."
Emerald Green is a standout color among Fox-body fans, so Mike's Mustang doesn't feature any other elaborate look-at-me details. The Cervinis hood with 4-inch cowl and 10th Anniversary Cobra wheels are the only visible appearance modifications. "It may look like a 12-second car," Mike said, "and I like that. I guess it's what you would call a sleeper."
That is, as long as you don't look inside and spot the 10-point chrome-moly rollcage and Simpson five-point harness. Mike credits his parents and his wife for supporting him throughout the build, as well as Rolf Worthmann and Steve Swyka Auto Specialists in Wilmington, Delaware.
So what's next on the list for this Fox? Right now, Mike is working on building a custom air-to-water intercooler, but that's really all he has in the queue. His real plan is to turn his attention to his next project in need of a power boost.
"I'm going to concentrate on the truck for a while now," he said, referring to his '95 Ford Lightning—because the only thing better than owning one super-fast Ford is owning two.