Eric English
January 15, 2014
The appeal of Coyote/Fox interbreeding is undeniable, and the result is a car that simply begs to be driven and enjoyed.

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Alterations to the braking system provided clearance for the new DOHC 5.0, but Dennis clearly went above and beyond in this arena. Running big-by-large four-wheel Wilwoods isn't specifically required, though some kind of upgrade is surely prudent. No matter the choice, the stock Fox power-brake booster has to go; it would quite logically be replaced by a Hydraboost system in most situations. In this case however, Dennis wanted to go old school with full manual control, opting for a conversion kit from Maximum Motorsports.

A number of other hardware components are necessary to complete a Coyote swap on a Fox, some of which were accomplished with a Ron Davis aluminum radiator and S&R Performance power steering pump kit. Other companies offer a variety of swap products, and just during the course of this build through the winter of 2011-2012, a number of high-quality components have hit the market. Of course, the real challenges are in the electronics integration—the black arts, if you will—which is where Dennis believes Brian's work shines particularly bright.

An FRPP Control Pack is really just the beginning to getting the car up on its own feet, to which Brian added a custom SCT tune. The Control Pack did the trick, but was lacking in its ability to accommodate accessories such as A/C and cruise control due to its analog configuration; it's likely better oriented toward the vintage swap market. Brad and Brian figure this is an area that will be addressed by the aftermarket in time, and yet during our shoot, Brian had everything up and functioning as intended—save for the cruise control. He has a fix for that figured out too, but it's a matter of twisting the '92 free from Dennis's tight grip now that he's had a chance to spend some time behind the wheel.

Not to be overshadowed by the impressive engine swap, the remainder of the drivetrain is plenty impressive as well. If you're thinking overbuilt, let's just say Dennis has experienced enough parts breakage through the years to want things bulletproof. Besides, who knows if a supercharger might be in his future? To that end, backing the modern 5.0 is a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual with Centerforce DYAD dual disc clutch, and further arrears, a highly modified 9-inch.

We asked Dennis what he thought of the finished product shortly after his first extended drives last summer. "It's above and beyond my expectations. The power and balance is just phenomenal. It's simply not the same car I dropped off at the shop." After spending some time around the '92 ourselves, that's just the kind of response we anticipated.

The appeal of Coyote/Fox interbreeding is undeniable, and the result is a car that simply begs to be driven and enjoyed. Considering that Dennis has rolled just 1,000 miles a year on the odometer since purchasing his notch 17 years ago, we predict that rate of accumulation is about to accelerate—quickly!

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Tech Specs: 1992 5.0 Lx

Engine and Drivetrain

Block: Stock Coyote aluminum, 3.629-in bore (M-6007-M50)
Crankshaft: Stock Coyote, 3.647-in
Rods: Stock Coyote
Pistons: Stock Coyote
Camshafts: Stock Coyote
Cylinder heads: Stock Coyote
Intake manifold: Stock Coyote
Fuel system: Aeromotive 340 Stealth w/ adjustable regulator, -6 lines, stock fuel rails, stock 32.8-lb/hr injectors, and 22-gallon Fuel Safe cell
Exhaust: BBK 13⁄4-in metallic-ceramic-coated swap full-length headers, BBK 3-in X-pipe with cats, and 21/2-in Magnaflow mufflers and stainless after-cat
Transmission: Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed w/ Centerforce DYAD twin-disc clutch, aluminum flywheel, Quick Time scattershield, and D&D sourced crossmember, and an Inland Empire 31⁄2-in aluminum driveshaft
Rearend: Ford 9-in housing modified by Dennis Chandler and Bill Scribner w/ big-bearing/Torino ends, Moser aluminum case, Moser 31-spline axles, Detroit Locker diff, and 3.89 gears

Electronics

Engine management: Ford Racing Control Pack w/SCT tune
Ignition: Stock
Gauges: Stock

Suspension and Chassis

Front suspension
K-member: Maximum Motorsports MMKM-2.1
A-arms: Maximum Motorsports
Struts: Edelbrock IAS
Springs: MM/Hypercoil coilover
Brakes: Wilwood 13-in six-piston w/ stainless lines, Wilwood combination proportioning valve (260-11179), and Maximum Motorsports manual brake conversion/master cylinder
Wheels: Enkei PF-01, 18x8.5-in
Tires: BFG KDW2, 235/40ZR-18

Rear suspension
Shocks: Edelbrock IAS
Springs: H&R
Control Arms: Edelbrock adjustable uppers w/ Steeda billet lowers
Brakes: Wilwood four-piston calipers w/ 12.19-in rotors
Wheels: Enkei PF-01, 18x10.5-in
Tires: BFG KDW2, 295/35ZR-18

Horse Sense: Owner Dennis Chandler was surprised by the improved front to rear weight balance of the car as a result of the Coyote swap. Formerly a 60/40 split in stock form, the car is now 56/44 thanks to the 444-pound Coyote, tubular front suspension, and trunk-mounted battery. Dennis says the resulting driving dynamic is like night and day.