Dale Amy
October 27, 2006
Photos By: E. John Thawley III
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 He's also owner of Kingman, Arizona's Glenn's Performance (www.glennsperformance.com), a shop that originally made its name with a Mustang fuel tank dress-up kit and has since branched out into serious fuel-system solutions for high-horsepower applications.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 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.

 
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAINInjectorsControl arms
Block96-lb/hrStock
FRPP four-bolt 351, 9.5-inch deckFuel PumpSprings
BoreAeromotive Pro SeriesStock
4.125HeadersStruts
StrokeHooker Super Comp, 131/44-inKoni
3.75ExhaustCaster/Camber
Displacement3-in with Flowmaster mufflersN/A
401 ciTransmissionBrakes
CrankLenTech Strip Terminator Stage 2, with ODWilwood SuperLite four-piston
Lunati billet steelDriveshaftWheels
RodsCustom steel'95 Cobra R (street), Weld (strip)
Crower billet steel, 6.125 inRearendTires
Pistons8.8 with welded tubes, billet caps, Superior 31-spline axles, Auburn Pro, 3.08:1 and 4.10:1Nitto 555, 245/45-17
CP blower Rear Suspension
Compression Ratio Springs
9.3:1ELECTRONICSStock
CamEngine ManagementShocks
Crane roller, 0.640/0.632-in lift, 310 durationFAST EFITokico five-way adjustable shocks
Rocker ArmsIgnitionControl arms
Comp Cams Pro Magnum 1.7:1MSD 7AL2Steeda aluminum lower & adjustable upper
HeadsGaugesBrakes
AFR 225, ported by Glenn's PerformanceAuto MeterStock
Intake Wheels
Edelbrock EFI 5.8, ported by Glenn's PerformanceSUSPENSION AND CHASSIS'95 Cobra R (street), Weld (strip)
Throttle BodyFront SuspensionTires
Accufab 90mmK-memberNitto 555, 285/40-17
Mass AirStockChassis Stiffening
N/A Wolfe six-point rollcage