Barry Kluczyk
December 16, 2013
Photos By: Dominick Damato

"The basic design of the '69 Mustang SportsRoof is great as is, so we didn't want to stray too far from the vintage style," says Izzo. "We restored the car and enhanced it without losing its identity. There are a lot of unseen improvements, too, from the extensive insulation under the original-style carpet to an all-new wiring system from American Autowire that supports the more modern equipment on the car."

The car's relatively sedate appearance leaves few clues to its performance capability, although it's impossible to hide the output of nearly 700 supercharged horsepower when the blown Coyote begins to howl.

"It's an incredible feeling of power on demand," says Izzo. "The power comes on instantly and pulls strong through an rpm range you wouldn't dream of taking, say, an FE motor to. And with the overdrive transmission, you can cruise comfortably all day on the freeway."

Izzo says the Coyote's relatively low weight pays additional dividends. "Even though the blower adds a few pounds to the engine, it's still a lightweight powertrain that gives the car better balance. You can feel it in the turns and in the way the car responds. The IFS front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering contribute to the driving experience, too, but with the Coyote engine at the heart of it all, this is a classic-looking Mustang with all the reflexes of a new one."

With swap kits and readily available suspension upgrades to support similar transformations, you can count on finding more late-model 5.0L engines under the hoods of classic Mustangs and other Fords. Tom Izzo's gorgeous '69 Mustang is not only a great example of a burgeoning trend, it can be viewed as a blueprint for enthusiasts who want to build a similar modern classic from their Cougar, Torino or Ranchero.

"The engine offers great bang for the buck," says Izzo. "It's a great value and will sure to be a popular swap engine for a long time." Take it from us—and Tom Izzo—Coyotes are going to flourish in America for years to come.

"The Coyote 5.0L is a landmark crate engine that gives Ford enthusiasts something they've been chasing for years"

The Details
Tom Izzo's '69 Mustang SportsRoof
Engine
Ford Racing 5.0L Ti-VCT "Coyote" crate engine
Aluminum cylinder block and heads
3.63-inch bore
3.65-inch stroke
Forged steel, induction-hardened crankshaft
Forged steel connecting rods
Hypereutectic aluminum pistons (with piston-cooling oil jets)
11.0:1 compression ratio
Aluminum cylinder heads with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder
1.45-inch intake valves and 1.22-inch exhaust valves
Hydraulic camshafts with 0.472-inch (intake) and 0.433-inch (exhaust) lift
Variable intake/variable camshaft timing
Roller rocker arms
Roush R2300 2.3L Roots supercharger with Eaton TVS four-lobe rotors producing 12 pounds of boost
Roush 80mm supercharger pulley
Roush high-flow fuel rails with 47-lb/hr fuel injectors; fuel pump voltage regulator
Custom air intake system and intercooler by Speed Inc.
Roush twin-bore 60mm throttle body
High-energy coil-on-plug ignition system
567 rwhp at 6,500 rpm
537 lb-ft of torque 4,800 rpm at the rear wheels
Transmission
Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual (2.87 first gear) with 26-spline input shaft
Ram PowerGrip heavy-duty clutch
Custom transmission crossmember
Hurst short-throw shifter
Rearend
Heidts 9-inch
Strange locking differential and 31-spline axles
Strange 3.90:1 ring-and-pinion
Exhaust
Crate engine exhaust headers modified by Speed Inc.
Flowmaster 40-Series mufflers
Custom stainless steel 3-inch exhaust system by Speed Inc.
Suspension
Front: Heidts Mustang II-type independent front suspension, tubular upper and lower control arms, 2-inch dropped spindles, billet shocks and springs
Rear: Heidts bolt-in four-link suspension, including Panhard bar; billet coilover shocks; subframe connectors
Steering
Heidts power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Flaming River steering column
Brakes
Front: Heidts 11-inch disc, PBR calipers
Rear: Ford Mustang (SN-95) 11.5-inch disc, Ford Mustang (SN-95) calipers
Wheels
Front: Circle Racing Wheels Magnum, billet aluminum, 18x9.5-inch
Rear: Circle Racing Wheels Magnum, billet aluminum, 18x11.5-inch
Tires
Front: Nitto NT05 P265/35/ZR18
Rear: Nitto NT05 P295/35/ZR18
Interior
Restored by Tom Izzo at Speed Inc., original-style bucket seats with black vinyl upholstery, ACC original-style black carpet, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Auto Meter LED gauges set in a Year One dashboard insert
Exterior
Original-appearing Boss 302-style, body restored and painted '70 Grabber Blue by All Autobody (Elk Grove, Ill), fiberglass hoodscoop, and Boss 302 graphics applied by Stickerdude Designs