Every brand has fans, and all of them have a motor enthusiasts want to stuff under the hood. For Dodge guys it’s a Hemi, and for Chevy guys, it’s usually an LS. But when it comes to Fords, it’s all about the Coyote.
There are lots of reasons why. It’s a 5.0L engine that Ford has been building in one form or another since 1968, which gives it history. It offers rock-solid performance and reliability, and there are tons of options for improvements should you want to go even faster. Basically, it’s a great power plant for the money, which is why many F-100 owners decide on one to get their trucks down the road. The problem is that it seems like it’s difficult to install. There’s the wiring and computer to worry about; plus, can you even keep the front suspension stock? So many questions.
Jason Noel and the team at Fat Fender Garage not only know the Coyote well, but they have a ton of F-100 knowledge. They know these trucks inside and out, which is why they bought a ’71 F-100 with the intention of installing a Coyote into it. The goal here was a little different from the norm, though. They wanted to keep the stock power steering box and front suspension, and make it as affordable an option as possible so that everyone can do it.
To make this setup happen for yourself, you can buy a Coyote with a 6R80 package directly from Ford, but it comes with a very steep price tag. On top of that, you’ll have to pay extra for essential components like a driveshaft, headers and accessory drive system. All of these parts can dramatically raise the cost of an already pricey package. In this story, Fat Fender Garage shows how to do the swap on a more modest budget. Keeping the price tag down, you can acquire a low-mileage Coyote/6R80 driveline combo from a 2011-present Mustang GT. Though you can pull one from an F-150, the Mustang GT version has more power and the stock headers will fit the frame rails of an F-100. We’ve seen these packages sold in local salvage yards for around $6,500-8,500, which is more affordable than buying new.
To that end, Fat Fender Garage developed a series of mounts that allows customers to drop a Coyote into their very own trucks worry-free. Not only does it locate the engine in the correct place, it does the same for the transmission, making the installation go a lot smoother. If you want info on the other parts and pieces they used to get it moving, they can help you out there, too. Give them a call, because they’re the experts, after all.
But before you do, take a peek at this installation of a Coyote engine in their ’71 F-100. It’s a beast.