Jeff Ford
July 23, 2012

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that the new Mustang GT has broken past the 400-horse barrier in convincing fashion. The 5.0L that powers the new GT also has become an interesting engine swap for those of a daring nature, and Ford has made it easy to do with its $7,500 5.0L crate engine package. Ford has also popped for a complete plug-and-play harness that gives you all the wiring, a go pedal, and an easy-to-install computer with a factory tune--all through Ford Racing for $1,799.

The one thing that can be a hang up with this install is the human desire for amenities. We like gadgets and gee-gaws--things to push, switch, turn--and we want power everything; like steering. Hydraulic power steering is not something that is really a part of the new world order at Ford. That's because the lads in Dearborn decided that starting with the '11 Mustang, power steering would be handled electronically by a rack-and-pinion setup bearing the fancy term EPAS, Ford's handy acronym for electronic power assisted steering. That is a problem for our greedy, amenity-hungry nature.

Enter Vintage Air and its new serpentine power steering system for the Coyote 5.0. The system offers the buyer a hydraulic power steering setup that puts the engine right in the hunt for us folks that want more than arm-strong steering. It also comes with a near universal SD7 Sanden air conditioning compressor for a cooler ride. Now let's see just how easy this bad boy is to install.

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18 Here's the completed accessory drive on the Coyote 5.0L engine. Now you just need to get behind the wheel, fire it up, and enjoy!