Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
February 21, 2012
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

For the suspension, Gateway showcased its own Gateway Performance Suspension system, which includes adjustable coil-over front struts with Baer 13-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers (upgraded to Shelby versions for the Coyote-powered ’69), in combination with Gateway’s 3-link rear suspension with AFCO coil-over shocks. The power rack-and-pinion steering is also Gateway’s own design.

Visually, the ’69 remains true to its vintage roots with Boss 302 graphics and factory spoilers on the “Blue By You” paint from DuPont’s Hot Hues color chart. Of course, the rear quarter scoops on the original ’69 Boss 302s were eliminated because they weren’t functional; in this case, Gateway’s Bill Bufka opened up the scoops and created ducting to cool the rear brakes. The 18-inch wheels from Curtis Speed give the Mustang a more modern appearance while also recalling the Magnum 500s from the ’69-’70 era.

The stock ’69 theme carries over into the interior, where the seats are TMI’s supportive Sport versions with Mach 1 upholstery. The blue inserts match the exterior color and carry-over to the custom door panels, also from TMI. Classic Instruments built the custom gray-face gauge cluster with matching clock in the factory passenger side dash panel.

The Coyote ’69 build has served a number of purposes, including the Hot Rod TV segment (you can view it on YouTube from the website) and competing as the Gateway Classic Mustang entry in last November’s Optima Invitational Challenge (see sidebar). Even better, at press time, the Mustang was listed for sale on with the proceeds going to the Alliance of Auto Artisans (see sidebar), a program that mentors young people who want to learn about restoring, repairing, and building vintage cars.

Of course, the installation of the Coyote 5.0L into the vintage Mustang has provided Gateway Classic with the knowledge needed to provide customers with everything required for the modern-to-vintage swap. Granted, Gateway’s all-inclusive kit will not be cheap. The 5.0L engine alone retails for $6,000 from Ford Racing, with the engine control package adding another $1,500. Jason Childress says Gateway hopes to retail their swap kit for under $20,000. Pricey, yes, but actually quite a bargain when you consider it allows you to inject Ford’s latest and greatest performance technology into a classic Mustang.



  • Ford Racing '11 5.0L Coyote engine
  • Canton front-sump oil pan
  • Spectre cold-air kit with Shelby American tune
  • Dynatech headers
  • Magnaflow exhaust
  • Performance Rod & Custom radiator with electric fans
  • Optima battery
  • Keisler RS500 5-speed with hydraulic clutch kit
  • Hays clutch and pres- sure plate
  • Quicktime bellhousing
  • Rearend by The 9-Inch Factory with 31-spline axles and 3.50:1 gears in Tru-Trac limited-slip differential

Fuel System

  • ACCEL fuel regulator
  • Phenix Fittings AN fuel line and hose
  • Tanks Inc. in-tank fuel pump conversion kit

Suspension & Brakes

  • Gateway Performance Suspension Shelby- licensed GT500 strut kit, 3-link rear suspension
  • AFCO coilover shocks with nitrogen canister at rear
  • Gateway Performance Suspension power rack-and-pinion steering
  • ididit steering column
  • Baer Brakes T-4 4-piston calipers with Shelby logo; 13-inch drilled and slot ted rotors
  • Curtis Speed wheels: 18x9 front, 18x12 rear
  • BFG g-force T/A KDW tires: P275/35R18 front, P335/30R18 rear


  • Dynacorn notched shock towers
  • Ring Brothers outside door handles
  • DuPont Hot Hues "Blue by You" paint
  • JRD International door glass


  • Dynamat sound deadening insulation
  • Vintage Air A/C
  • American Auto Wire Clas- sic Update wiring harness
  • TMI Sport seat kit, headlin- er, sun visors, custom door panel inserts
  • Classic Instruments custom gauge cluster and clock


  • Dynacorn sheetmetal, weatherstrip, trim moldings
  • Scott Drake reproduction Mustang parts
  • Dupli-Color spray paints, pre-paint cleaners, and guide coat

Build team: Lonny Childress, Jason Childress, Erric Smith, Bill Bufka, Mike White, Greg Moreland, Darrell Bloomner, Marty Veltrop, Dave Childress, Trevor Hughes, Cody Benham, Dawn Weber