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> MATTHEW PANKAU OF RRS SHOWS YOU HOW TO FIT A 5.0L COY­OTE MILL INTO AN XY FAL­CON, US­ING THE COM­PANY’S TRICK COY­OTE SWAP KIT

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WHILE the six-cylin­der Barra was Ford’s new-mil­len­nium high­per­for­mance en­gine of choice, the ar­rival of the Coy­ote quad­cam five-litre V8 in the Mus­tang a cou­ple of years ago gave Blue Oval bent-eight fans a tough en­gine to take on the LS hordes. Ever thought about chuck­ing one of these bad boys into your street ma­chine? Well, Syd­ney’s RRS has de­vel­oped a new Coy­ote swap kit to help you do it. We chat­ted to RRS’S Matthew Pankau to find out what’s in­volved in in­stalling a Coy­ote into an XY Fal­con.

FIT­TING ROOM

THE Coy­ote runs four cams and four valves per cylin­der, so it’s a huge mill. Any­one who’s peered into a Fal­con or Mus­tang en­gine bay knows there isn’t much real es­tate in there, so the stock shock tow­ers will have to be notched to al­low clear­ance for the ex­haust and heads be­fore the late-model five-oh can be in­stalled.

RRS sells re­place­ment pre-notched tow­ers to go with the com­pany’s strut front end used in this XY, and makes its own bolt-on en­gine mounts to suit both the Boss and Coy­ote blocks. For the oil pan, RRS uses an off-theshelf Can­ton front-sump unit.

“The big­gest chal­lenge was mak­ing it all fit,” Matthew Pankau says. “The phys­i­cal size of dif­fer­ent com­po­nents, like the back half of the trans­mis­sion, was a huge hur­dle. You need the right matched com­po­nen­try all the way through, from in­take sys­tem to tail­shaft and wiring. You can’t use your tra­di­tional hot rod­ding with mod­ern driv­e­trains; it is far more like science.

“You can make life much easier for your­self by buy­ing a brand new 2017 Mus­tang floor­pan for $1400, which means you can then use late­model seats and a cen­tre-mount hand­brake,

“These Coy­ote mo­tors make huge power be­cause they’re so much more ef­fi­cient than an old pushrod mo­tor,” Matthew ex­plains. “You can’t get the same re­li­a­bil­ity, emis­sions or fuel econ­omy out of an old mo­tor com­pared to one of these mod­ern V8s. The engi­neer­ing in this mo­tor is way bet­ter than what you could dream of in a street car en­gine. You can get more out of these just in tun­ing com­pared to an LS”

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