Project Coyote Swap: Start Up

Posted 6/5/2013 by Jonathan McDonald

It time to start our Project Coyote Swap. This is a must watch video! We cover a lot of topics in this one.

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After a hard thrash, we were staring at a 1997 Mustang Cobra that was ready to fire its 5.0L TiVct Coyote powerplant for the first time. So we did - and it was awesome! No muss, no fuss, just turned the key and she fired right up. I wish all engine swaps went this smoothly!

  • Exhaust System

    • We were able to keep our existing exhaust and you can do the same, whether it is a full catback or dumps. We used the BBK Coyote Swap Long Tube Headers and 3" Off-Road x-pipe.

  • Drivetrain

    • We saved lots of green here by reusing the existing 8.8" rear end, Ford Racing Aluminum Driveshaft, Tremec 3550 transmission, Quick Time Bellhousing, clutch and flywheel from our previous 4.6L 4V. We did add in a Stifflers Transmission Crossmember to allow additional clearance for the massive 3" x-pipe.

  • Accessory Drive

    • We originally intended to use the FRPP Power Steering Pump Mounting Bracket, but it would not clear the anti-sway bar. Plus it would have required custom power steering hoses. So we enlisted our SVE Coyote Accessory Drive Kit to solve our problems. It moves the alternator over to the passenger side and keeps the power steering pump in the stock 96-04 location allowing us to keep the stock hoses and lines.

  • Oil Filter

    • The anti-sway bar struck again as it would not clear the stock Coyote 5.0 oil filter location. Ford Racing solves the issue with their remote oil filter adapter. It allowed us to plumb in a remote oil filter kit with our existing engine oil cooler.

  • Brake System

    • If you are converting a 1996-2004 Mustang GT or Cobra, you can retain the stock hydro-boost brake system. You can convert 1979-1993 Fox Mustang, 1994-1995 Mustang, and 1996-2004 V6 Mustang to hydroboost to keep power brakes, or manual brakes are always an option.

  • Cooling System

    • We were able to keep the 4.6 radiator, electric cooling fan, and de-gas bottle. The upper radiator hose included with the FRPP control pack worked like a charm, but the lower required a bit more thought. Luckily we found the solution with our SVE Coyote Swap lower radiator hose. If you are running power steering, you will need to fabricate a shield to keep the hose away from the pump pulley

  • Battery Relocation

    • Because of the driver side air inlet location, a battery relocation to the trunk is in order. Moving the air inlet to the passenger side isnt an option because of interference with the upper radiator hose. Also out of the question is a 79-85 battery location as the battery will hit the valve cover.


    Next up for Project: Coyote Swap is a trip to the dyno to see exactly what she's putting down to the tires!

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