You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re discussing Ford engine swaps–specifically the Coyote 5.0L.

Q. “What about Ford engine swaps?”

That’s the general theme of some of the emails and comments we’ve received recently. It’s because the GM LS has arguably become today’s king of engine swap engines. We even did our own series of LS swap-related videos in conjunction with the Summit Racing tech department.

While the GM LS remains an excellent alternative for engine swaps, the Ford Coyote 5.0L can’t and shouldn’t be forgotten. For the Blue Oval army, the Coyote modular V8 is a great option for engine swap projects, especially for freshening up or modernizing old Fox body Mustangs.

A. In response to the general question above–and the growing demand for Ford engine swap information–we’ve put together some tips for swapping a Ford Coyote 5.0L into a Fox body Mustang. Like any engine swap, it all starts with the powerplant. Ford Racing has you covered with its cost-effective Coyote 5.0L 32-valve DOHC crate engine. It delivers 420 horsepower with excellent drivability and efficiency, and there’s even an NMRA competition class specifically designed for a sealed version of the Coyote.

Your new 5.0L will need a solid foundation, and the AJE Suspension tubular K-member is a great choice. It fits 1979-2004 Mustangs and works in conjunction with AJE’s modular motor mounts. To control your Coyote’s air/fuel, ignition, and emissions systems, we recommend Ford Racing’s 5.0L Modular Crate Engine Control Pack. To power your electrical accessories, consider Ford’s alternator kit. Speaking of accessories, the Vintage Air Front Runner engine drive system includes an A/C compressor, power steering pump, pulleys, brackets, a serpentine belt, and tensioner.

You’ll need a set of headers to finish off your swap. BBK makes a set of long-tube headers and a special Coyote engine swap X-pipe, which allows the engine to fit into the Fox body dimensions. Finally, depending on your performance goals, you may need to make some cooling system and driveline modifications. As always, the Summit Racing tech department can help you narrow down your choices and complete the swap.


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Author: Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews was a mechanic for the U.S. Army, a Ford dealership, and served for many years as a fleet mechanic for construction companies. Now a technical content producer at Summit Racing, Dave has spent decades working on everything from military vehicles to high performance race machines.