Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
October 10, 2016

Coyote swaps are all the rage these days. You’re either building one, or you wish you were. Well, cementing his candidacy for “Father of the Year” is Evansville, Indiana’s David Smith. He has owned many wicked Mustangs, and he and daughter Courtney worked together on this Coyote-swap 1990 Mustang LX coupe. And guess what, she uses the car as her daily while attending Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Yes, we’re jealous.

First of all, the LX is a black-on-black, no-option coupe, and yes, it was originally a 5.0 car. Just those words have us salivating, but to this David and Courtney added an F150 Coyote engine and computer with a homemade control pack and wiring harness. David dropped the engine in via a TeamZ tubular K-member, a 2003 Cobra steering rack with Fox tie rod ends, a New Edge hydroboost setup, BBK Performance long-tube swap headers and X-pipe, and a Magnaflow exhaust.

The Coyote swap was tuned by Blankenship Tuning and Performance’s Lee Blankenship, and uses an F150 engine and computer with a custom control pack and harness. The engine uses a C&L intake for cold air induction, while a 2003 Cobra radiator and fan keeps the Coyote cool. All said and done, the combo is good for right around 400-rwhp.

Behind the Coyote is a 2003 Mach 1 clutch and flywheel, a 3650 five-speed, and a Stifflers transmission crossmember. Out back is an 8.8 with welded tubes, a 2003 Cobra differential, Moser 31-spline axles, and a 3.73 gear. Shocks and struts are from Strange Engineering, while the return-style fuel system consists of a Fox tank, a 255-lph pump, and SN95 fuel lines.

The LX is a no-option car, so it features manual windows, and with the Coyote-swap, it also lacks A/C. Courtney would like that to change this summer, however. Since the two added a hydroboost system to the car, Courtney does get to enjoy power steering and brakes. The LX’s six-point roll bar is a custom unit from Rhodes Custom Auto and Collision in Townsend, Delaware, and as you can see, features swing out door bars for easy entry and exit on daily trips to class. Courtney uses Auto Meter gauges to make sure everything’s copasetic under the stock hood.

As you can see, the car is 5-lug swapped, as well, using 1994-1995 spindles, New Edge brakes front and back with North Race Cars caliper brackets in the rear, and finished off with 1999 Cobra wheels.

“Courtney drives it daily to college,” David says. Courtney is a junior at Western Kentucky, majoring in electrical engineering. She has even been interning at Bowling Green Metal Forming while she attends Western.

Way to go, Courtney. We’re still jealous of your ride, too.