Ford’s Coyote engine is a reliable, efficient, and powerful engine that immediately enamored Mustang owners. The modular V8 engine allows for a great deal of flexibility, making it ideal for a variety of applications. While it can be swapped with engines in several different types of cars, especially Fords, it has become particularly popular with Fox Body Mustangs, which are lighter than modern Mustangs and gain incredible speed with a Coyote swap. Here is everything you need to know about completing a Coyote swap for your car.
Coyote Engine Swap Modifications
The Coyote is a modular engine, meaning that various parts can be traded out for others also designed to fit in modular engines. This allows for a great deal of creativity and customization. The engines are large compared to others used in classic Ford muscle cars, so be prepared to choose a different body if the engine doesn’t fit in your first choice or to make some modifications to the body if necessary. However, the power contained in these engines makes the extra work worth it.
When it comes to swapping in a Coyote engine, the modular design allows for a number of customization options for each part. Motor mounts are one of the easiest components to source, as you simply need a set that is compatible with a modular engine. Depending on the type of car body used, you may also need to make a cut out to accommodate your new engine mount.
If you’re completing a Fox Body swap, which is among the most popular, you’ll need a new oil pan. Cars made in the 1960s typically used front-sump oil pans, while the Coyote uses a rear-sump pan that won’t clear the old chassis and will require either a shroter, nonstock filter or an adapter to fit properly. Take careful measurements before beginning any installation to avoid time consuming fixes later.
While it’s possible to use the stock transmission that comes with your car in a swap, this may not be the best option, particularly if you’re swapping out the engine in a light body Mustang. This is because the transmission will need to handle more horsepower — a first-generation Coyote engine generates 412 horsepower, and a Fox Body Mustang was built to handle only 225. You’ll also need to determine whether you’d prefer a manual or automatic transmission. While manuals are more popular with Mustangs, an automatic transmission will bolt up perfectly to a Coyote crate engine.
No matter which engine and car body you’re using in your Coyote swap, you’ll need a control pack. The Ford Racing Performance Parts control pack is highly recommended by many professionals, and while other swaps use different control pack setups that require scavenging for parts, this one is easy to find, buy, and install. If you’re using a Fox body, you’ll need a bracket to mount the gas pedal, as the one in the control pack doesn’t fit perfectly, and your airbox may need its MAF relocated to ensure a safe fit.
Other Swappable Parts
In addition to these parts, drivers can trade out their bellhousing for racing-ready pieces, replace the exhaust with a new X or H pipe, and update the AC and power steering with aftermarket brackets and a power steering hose. There are plenty of options for each of these swaps, so take the time to consider what you want in your new car and how to get it before making major purchases.
Budget is a major concern for most car enthusiasts who want to upgrade their ride. For a Coyote swap, you can expect to spend about $12,000 for all of the parts you’ll need to complete it, assuming you start with a lower-priced engine and do most or all of the work yourself. If cost is a concern, consider spacing the project out over time to ensure that you’re able to complete it on schedule but still within your financial means so that you don’t end up with a half-finished swap.
Speak To The Engine Swap Specialists
Speak to Rob’s Customs & Restorations for more information about Coyote swaps. The team at Rob’s specializes in custom modifications, restorations of classic cars, and engine swaps, allowing them to provide expert guidance on which parts you might need for your swap and how best to complete it. If you’re short on time, the Northern VA custom auto body shop can also complete the swap for you, ensuring a professional and high quality job to help you start driving your ideal car.