Project 5.0 Mustang (The White One) Building the 302 Coyote Engine!


Howard next installed the rings on the JE Forged FSR pistons and hung the pistons on the K1 Technologies Rods.

If you recall, the stock Coyote has a high 11:1 compression ratio, and since California has crappy 91 octane fuel, we decided to keep the compression ratio stock.

Next, the crank bearings. Howard measured and fitted different bearing shells to get the perfect oil clearance.

It is not as critical with the rods as it is the mains in an aluminum block to have a tight oil clearance, but we wanted it right to control windage and to maximize hot idle oil pressure. Howard also used assembly lube on the ARP rod bolts.


After oiling the pistons and rings to pre-lube them, Howard used a ring compressor to get the pistons into the block without snagging and damaging them.

Howard uses a plastic mallet handle to gently tap the pistons into place- being careful not to snag the rings.


  1. “The Coyote is interesting because it has a 90 degree V-angle, which is greater than your typical modern V-8. Ford chose to keep the 90 degree V for better NVH reasons, when most other manufacturers like Chevy run a tighter V-angle to build a more compact engine.”

    That is completely untrue. Do you know what a V-8 engine is?

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