Photos: High Flow Performance

Not long after Ford had announced the 5.0-liter V8 “Coyote” engine for the 2011 Mustang GT, Ford Racing brought a whole new level of interest to the game by making the Coyote available as a crate engine. Without a doubt, more than a few gears that had been merely twirling before went into full overdrive with that announcement.

Ford Racing’s part number M-6007-M50 will bring you an 11:1 compression ratio, all-aluminum, deep-sumped DOHC V8 engine that shares engine mount and bellhousing patterns with existing 4.6-liter blocks. The flywheel and a manual transmission wiring harness are included, but the vehicle harness and PCM are extra, but easily included by adding part number M-6017-A504V to your order. An alternator kit is available as part M-8600-M50ALT.

Suddenly, there is new life for many older Mustangs and other Fords that used the modular motor. Even pre-1996 Msutangs can be candidates for this kind of heart transplant with a new cross member, such as one from Maximum Motorsports that comes with motor mounts for the modular engine.

High Flow Performance is one group that got on the bandwagon early. Their 86LX Coupe became an early candidate for the Coyote engine swap and one of the first few FRPP crate motors arrived in September this year, and they have been dutifully blogging their progress and challenges since. This early into availability of a new engine, there remain some hurdles, but aftermarket manufacturers are gearing up quickly.

High Flow bolted on a Tremec T-56, 6-speed manual transmission and had a single-piece, aluminum driveshaft made up for it. They did some fab work of their own to mount the tranny in the older Fox. Subsequently working with BBK Headers, they currently have a pre-production set headers, using 1.75-inch primaries and a 3-inch collector. Commercial product is likely to be available in the first quarter of 2011 and will make bungs for wideband O2 sensors available.