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Putting out the Coyote Swap Vibe with Lance Heckathorn’s Project Executioner
Open Track-vibe Coyote Swap 1990 Mustang LX coupe
Coyote swaps are commonplace these days. It seems every other Fox Mustang we come across has a Coyote in it. When comparing the cost of building a wicked small-block compared to doing a Coyote swap, the costs are very close, and for the performance and fuel economy afforded by a 2011-2014 GT Coyote engine, the reasons to do the swap is ever-present.
Lance Heckathorn is putting a twist on the Coyote swap with his Project Executioner 1990 Mustang LX coupe. He’s building an open track-themed ride, even though it will see plenty of street duty. Lance is two years into the build, and here are the details.
The engine is a 2013 Boss 302, which…yeah, we know is technically a Roadrunner, but still a Coyote derivative. The Roadrunner engine will be paired with a Tremec T56 transmission, but for its open-track persona the car will wear Maier Racing flared fenders and quarter panels, and a 2004 Cobra independent rear suspension (IRS). The IRS will boast all the Full Tilt Boogie Racing goodies, Bilstein coilovers, GForce Performance Engineering 1000 horsepower axles, a Torsen T2R differential, and Full Tilt Boogie Racing 13-inch rotors with 2003-2004 Cobra calipers.
Up front, Lance will be using a Maximum Motorsports tubular K-member and front suspension with Bilstein coilovers, SN95 spindles, a 2004 Cobra rack and hydroboost, and Baer brakes with 6-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors. The car will also feature a Maximum Motorsports roll cage and subframe connectors, along with reinforced torque boxes. The car’s Cobra theme continues with Lance using a 2004 Cobra pedal assembly.
Being two years into the father/son build, Lance hopes to finish up the car soon, and when he does, we’ll be sure to bring you an update.