LMR employee Truman walks you through his 1999 Mustang GT Coyote Swap build. From repairing the tired 2v to going through 2 Coyote motors, this unique New Edge has quite the story!
The story of this 1999 Mustang GT begins with our very own video host Landan Durham buying the vehicle in 2010, around the same time he bought his Ford Lightning. The car came equipped with white Saleen wheels, a 99-01 Cobra bumpers, and a few other mods that really made the car stand out.
One night, when heading home from work, the oil pressure dropped, causing rod bearings to spin on cylinder 1 and 5. At this time, Landan parked the car and word got out that the Mustang was down for repairs. Truman Hubbard, who was the son of a popular local Mustang enthusiast Scott Hubbard, had interest in the car, and was able to purchase it from Landan from a very cheap price. From there on out, it was his.
Truman purchased the car from Landan in 2013 with the hurt motor. With the help of his father, who was a long time mechanic for Ford Motor Company, they were able to take the motor out, make the necessary repairs, and drop it back in after a month to get it back on the road.
At this time, Truman took the time to make some upgrades to the car. He added a bumpsteer kit to help get the suspension dialed in and painted some interior pieces to get continue the white theme of the car both inside and out. Him and his dad also replaced a few clutches throughout this time as the car was driven hard on and off the track.
One night after taking the car to a local drag strip, oil pressure dropped once again. Luckily this time, Scott & Truman were able to replace the rod bearings from the oil pan to avoid having to pull the whole motor. After this quick repair, Truman continued to daily drive the vehicle while dreaming up his future build. Scott Hubbard, Trumans father, is the owner of Project Coyote Swap, so naturally, Truman wanted to take after his dad, so the thought of how to coyote swap a new edge started to become a reality.
The two acquired an F150 coyote motor which got a once over to make sure that everything was sound. Knowing the difference between a 5.0 Coyote F150 & 5.0 Coyote Mustang engines, the pair swapped in some Mustang intake cams and pistons to bring it up to Mustang specs. During this rebuild, Truman was able to take some time to start buying all of the coyote swap parts he would need to swap into his 1999 Mustang GT. This included a tubular k-member, long tube headers, T56 transmission, and many other odds and ends. Once he has all of the parts for the swap in his possession, it was time to start the swap.
When the swap began, they removed the old 2V engine and test fitted the Coyote to make sure everything was going to fit properly. Once the engine was dry fitted, they removed it to give the engine bay a quick repaint. Once the Coyote was placed back into the car and the T56 was bolted up, they piggybacked the control pack to ensure that the factory gauges and air conditioning worked. After everything was put back together, the initial startup went smoothly and Truman was able to take it to a few car shows. After a night of racing, the cursed engine started to knock.
The motor was quickly removed and fixed to ensure that it would be at the LMR Cruise In show in Ennis, Texas. The car was a huge hit and had many wondering what all had been done to it. The car made it home safely, but was not in the clear. A few days after the event, the car started to knock once again during datalogging. The pair got the problem fixed in time for the Texas Mustang Invasion car show where the car brought a huge gathering for it's one of a kind build. A few weeks later, while getting some datalogging for a tune, the car once again presented a knock. At this time, Truman was exhausted of the rebuilt motor and decided to go with a new Ford Performance Gen 2 Coyote motor. Due to already having the Gen 1 control pack, the pair decided to swap out the cams and phasers from the Gen 1 to the Gen 2 in order to avoid having to purchase and install a new control pack.
The Gen 2 Coyote motor has been running great ever since the initial install and has allowed Truman to focus on more of the cosmetics of the car to bring it back to life. He had the front 99-01 Cobra bumper repainted to match the rest of the vehicle along with a new 03-04 Cobra style hood. He ran across a great deal on a rear 03-04 Cobra bumper which he had the letters filled in to give the bumper a smooth look. A set of GT seats got a complete makeover with the help of TMI Upholstery Mach 1 seat foam and upholstery to add a custom look in this GT. Scott took out a set of Fox Body halo headrests and Truman installed them onto the newly upholstered seats for a one of a kind mix of retro and modern styling. To finish off the rear, Truman added a set of S550 style taillights that he had the bottoms tinted for a perfect contrast on the white paint. Under this New Edge, you can expect to see over $4,000 worth of Maximum Motorsports suspension that helps Truman carve corners flawlessly on the track. The newest mod, a Carter's Custom rear diffuser helped to give a more race inspired look that is sure to help out when this car hits the road course. Last but not least is a set of custom powdercoated white SVE NVX wheels that help tie the overall white theme together.
With the car running great and the exterior and interior mods being finished up, what is next for this car? "I'm happy with the way the car sits right now, but I have always had a want for a supercharger, so that may be in the distant future", says Truman. He credits his dad for getting the car to where it is today, explaining that "none of this would be possible without the help of my dad", whose decades of experience at Ford helped to make the labor side of this project much easier. We are excited to see what the two have in store for this car in the next year. Be sure to check his car out at local car shows in Texas including the 2019 LMR Cruise In.
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