Coyote swap part 3

the teardown begins

    The moment of truth arrived, it is time to tear the car down. With the engine being secured, and parts starting to roll in, the "Road Warrior" needed to be taken out of service. Truthfully I could have left it running for a while longer, but with videos and articles that needed done, it just made sense to dive in head first. I wasn't even close to being ready to drop the coyote in, but I knew the engine bay would need attention, and Jeremy had a customer car on the way, which would be taking priority. 

    The day started with stopping to have the a/c system evacuated, and a few last pulls with the trusty pushrod mill. Yeah, after installing this engine back in 2012; her and I had a ton of history together. With some carefully chosen parts, it laid down 320/352 after an SCT tune from Bob Kurgan. Pretty stout for a stock bore/stroke 302. 

    Pulling into the shop, and killing the engine for the last time; I was feeling a bit sentimental. However, the time to move on had come, and on the lift she went. Once in, the coolant was drained, battery disconnected, transmission was drained, and the wrenches began to fly. 

    We started with the exhaust, then driveshaft, then trans. After that everything in the engine bay was unplugged from the 302, hoses disconnected, and motor mounts broke free. After less than an hour, we hooked the hoist up and lifted it from between the fenders. As it hung in mid air, I thought about how much I wanted to keep the engine for another build, and how nice it would be just to drop it in and go. But, with the coyote swap already taking a tole on my back pocket, it was clear she had to go. 

    Once the engine was free, we pushed the car out of the shop for some cleaning. Although it was far from dirty, we hit the bay with a pressure washer for good measure. Road Warrior is a southern car, so rust is not an issue, but under the battery tray the paint had been dissolved, probably from a leaking battery. With plans to do some smoothing anyway, I wasn't concerned with that. The car is solid, and that was all I cared about. 

   Next on the to-do list was yank some of the things that wouldn't be needed. The engine harness, PCM, throttle cable, battery tray, and a/c lines were removed. The cool thing about getting all of this out, is how much cleaner the bay will be once the coyote is installed. This added with the lighter coyote, and tubular suspension from Maximum Motorsports means Road Warrior will drop a significant amount of weight. It is hard to say exactly how much, but I am guessing she will be down close to 150 lbs, with the addition of 120+ horsepower, you better believe it's going to be rowdy. 

“With the coyote being lighter than the push rod engine, and the addition of the Maximum Motorsports tubular suspension, Road Warrior will be down about 150lbs, and up 120+ horsepower”

    This is part three in a complete series, so check back often. Also make sure you are subscribed to the YouTube channel for five weekly updates. Stay tuned! CR 

Project Road Warrior official sponsor: Hanlon Motorsports