Economics of a build (engine choices)
Let me start off stating that I’m working on laying out a game plan for what I’m wanting to build and do not currently have a car in the works. I was looking at 69 sport roof, but backed off of it for a couple of reasons…mainly cause I was trying to make THAT car fit my plans rather than having my plan make the car (if that makes sense).
Probably building a 69 Boss 302 Tribute car.
I’d like aprox 500 rwhp that is not a problem to drive to work a couple of times a week, able to do a long road trip (hot rod power tour?), and handles pretty well.
It will be a weekend warrior and will probably never see a race track of any time…purely my entertainment, project for me and my kids and some mountain drives.
The HP number is just a goal because I know my engine options I'm looking at (getting to that) both have the potential to hit that number or close to it and still be “streetable”.
I will also have a 6 speed manual transmission along with this.
Currently I’m going back and forth concerning the engine.
Coyote Swap w\ MT-82
I currently daily drive a 2011 Mustang GT with the Coyote engine and 6 spd transmission and I was considering using this car as a donor.
I've had an 01, 03 Cobra along with my current 5.0 and really like the power\efficiency of the mod motors.
I know a good chunk of the swap goes to the purchase of the motor, but I also know there is a good bit of fab work that needs to be done to get it to fit\run.
351w Stroker (408) and T-56 Transmission.
I like the idea of being able to basically drop the motor in and go without having to do a bunch of fab work and keeping the stock suspension (although it will be upgraded).
I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t like the sound of a nice cam thumping around in there as well without having to mess with a tuned “ghost cam”.
I know projects like this cost money…I get it…I’ve had 6 mustangs and know if you play you pay. But, that doesn’t mean I want to be frivolous with the money.
That all being said. For those of you who may have been down the road and contemplated either a stroked 351w stroker or a Coyote, why did you choose the way you did? Which one actually cost more money to build (minus the engine\trans for the Coyote)? I’m assuming at this point from the high level over view math I’ve done, the Coyote swap will be more expensive even with the motor and transmission already in hand…but I’m curious for constructive feedback or conformation to my thoughts.
I know people have their preferences, but I’m looking for some black and white money feedback.
I’ll be selling the 2011 GT I have either as a roller or a complete car to invest back into the 69. Obviously if I sell a complete car, I’ll get more money out of the 11. If I use the 11 as a donor, I’ll already have the motor and transmission (as well as some other parts I’ll pull off) but get a lot less money to put back into the project.
I apologize for being so long winded and hopefully my ramblings make sense.
Thanks in advance.