Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
January 26, 2017
Photos By: Owner

Performing a Coyote swap is easier in some cars when compared to other Mustang body styles. To install one in a pushrod Fox or SN95 takes a lot, but in a 1996-2004 SN95 or New Edge it’s much easier since you can reuse many existing components and systems. Fox and 1994-1995 SN95 cars didn’t have Hydroboost for power steering and brakes, and frankly, a Coyote engine is going to have a hard time fitting into an engine compartment fitted with a standard vacuum assist power brake booster.

If you want to do a Coyote-swap the least expensive way, start with a 1996-2004 Mustang GT. You can pick up a nice New Edge for under $5,000, and like this author, we know many of you already have one. Like Denny “The Hammer” Sullivan, he started with this 1999 GT, with Power by the Hour (PBH) turning the wrenches. Yes, it will be cheaper if you can do the work yourself, but letting PBH handle the work, Denny made a smart choice.

The interior also spells out the car’s stock-looking visage. The only thing PBH had to do with the interior to make the swap complete was to add a 1996-1998 gauge cluster. The 1999-2004 Mustang GT gauge cluster uses electronic gauges that receive input from the car’s PCM. The Ford Performance controls pack doesn’t have any provisions for gauges, so mechanical arrangements must be made to keep tabs on what’s going on under the hood.

For Denny’s car, PBH’s Frank Perdomo tells us they used a Maximum Motorsports (MM) tubular k-member with Bilstein coilovers, ARH Coyote-swap headers designed specifically for the MM k-member, along with the corresponding X-pipe, and Flowmaster mufflers. Denny’s New Edge previously had a blown Two-Valve in it, so the car’s existing fuel system was ready for the Coyote power. PBH used a Centerforce clutch in the car with the Coyote’s flywheel, and reused the car’s existing T-45 transmission and driveshaft.

The engine in the car is a Ford Performance 2015 Coyote engine rated at 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque with the corresponding Ford Performance controls pack harness. The intake is a Holley Sniper, with the requisite fuel rails. PBH added its own front accessory drive, which enables the reuse of the New Edge’s existing A/C compressor and lines, and the stock power steering pump, and Hydroboost lines.

“The car has the MO of just another stock Mustang with Cobra R wheels,” Frank says. However, with a Lund Racing tune, and on pump gas, the Coyote made 435-rwhp and 352-rwtq.”

The fun factor for having a Coyote-swapped SN95 or New Edge GT is that no one expects the car to be fast. Denny’s GT just looks like a stock New Edge with Cobra R wheels. Before anyone knows any different, it’ll be too late.