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Project Flat Out (Part 1): Swapping a Coyote 5.0L Into a 1936 Ford

5.0L Coyote engine
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5.0L Coyote Engine with Turn Key Engines accessory drive solution
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The 5.0L Coyote engine boasts 412 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque, and combined with some of the other components in this article make for one of the best swap engines on the market today.

Factory Ford cam phasers (seen here on the end of each camshaft) are oil-actuated and provide up to 50 degrees of advance on the intake camshaft and 50 degrees of retard on the exhaust camshaft. This results in large improvements for power and torque with the added benefit of emissions improvements.

With two camshafts per cylinder head, there’s lots going on under a valve cover on the Coyote. The overhead-camshaft design means there are no heavy rocker arms or pushrods to weigh down the valvetrain.

Ford Racing’s Coyote control pack comes with the majority of the hard parts you’ll need to facilitate your swap – a PCM and wiring harness, oxygen sensors, and a drive-by-wire throttle pedal. It also comes with an inlet duct assembly to fit a Mustang, but you’ll most likely have to follow the instructions to properly fabricate your own.

The accessory drive solution from Turn Key Engines keeps all of the components tucked in tight to the engine for clearance in size-limited applications. Exhaust manifolds are a slightly sticky issue, as the headers that come with the engine are designed for the late-model Mustang and likely won’t work in an earlier application. Ford Racing Parts offers a set of cast-iron manifolds that will bolt right up and allow you to fabricate your own exhaust from the termination point and their block-hugging design will work well in an application where there is limited room.

The Rod Authority team has not determined which of COMP Cams’ grind designs we will be using in our Coyote, but rest assured it’ll provide a nice increase in power.

COMP Cams Phaser Limiters are required with the camshaft upgrade. The phaser limiters will prevent the valves from contacting the pistons at the extreme ends of the camshaft’s operating range. COMP Cams Phaser Limiters prevent the camshafts from advancing or retarding more than 25 degrees.

The Coyote is set in the framerails for mock-up and ready to be mated to the transmission.

With the help from Summit Racing Equipment and TCI Engineering, our friends at Rod Authority are building a 1936 Ford, which they’ve named Project Flat Out. The project got its name because the original Flathead engine is coming out, and brand-new, modern mill is going in its place.

Exit Ford Flathead. Enter Summit Racing.

The Rod Authority crew teamed up with Summit Racing Equipment for a complete Ford 5.0L Coyote crate motor and all the fixings to make it go. The company offers a complete Coyote 5.0L engine combo that includes everything need to simplify the swap:

The 5.0L Coyote will give Project Flat Out good fuel mileage, excellent reliability, and oh yeah—a potent 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lbs. of torque. And that’s just the beginning.

The guys at Rod Authority have some additional plans to boost this Coyote’s power. For now, check out the full story on the engine, click on the slideshow above for additional details about the engine, and stay tuned to Rod Authority for updates on Project Flat Out.

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