YouTuber puts a Mustang Coyote engine in a 1967 Camaro
American culture is filled with legendary rivalries. There’s the eternal conflict of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees and the eternal Batman vs. Superman debate, to name a few. But the auto industry’s biggest feud – Chevrolet Camaro vs. Ford Mustang – is overturned in YouTube channel’s latest it’s fair6 and Gavin Simon. This video shows the unthinkable of stuffing a Mustang’s Coyote engine into a 1967 Camaro.
A Camaro-Mustang Shotgun wedding
And there are reasons why such a project leaves a lot of people stunned. First, of course, is the idea of turning the Camaro-Mustang thing into some sort of shotgun wedding. But again, even the Hatfields and the McCoys have finally ironed out their differences. Then I wonder how realistic this engine swap is. Not only does this involve mixing Bowtie and Blue Oval bits together, but the bigger challenger is putting a modern powertrain in a 55-year-old car.
The challenges of mixing old school and new technology
We see a series of attempts to get the Coyote V-8 to perform properly throughout the video. From poor engine tuning to a blown fuse, it looks like Simon’s efforts are just not successful. But, ultimately, the powertrain starts up without too much crackling.
Then make sure the brakes work, then fit modern wheels and tires. Along the way, Simon flexes his thumb with a tire fitting machine. Yet despite the injury, he can’t wait to release his creation for a first round.
While not perfect, the first ride is successful as viewers see Simon walking up and down the street. The lack of power steering and brakes no doubt made the effort difficult.
About the ’67 Camaro and Coyote Engines
During the video, we learn very little about the car other than the fact that it was originally owned by Simon’s father. Still, the 1967 Camaro holds great significance in automotive history because it was GM’s first attempt to catch up with the successful Mustang, which debuted in 1964. And because Chevrolet has changed body styling for the 1970 model year (again to follow Ford), there just aren’t many first-gen Camaros (compared to Mustangs).
Likewise, we don’t know much about the Coyote engine that found a new home in Simon’s Camaro. Is it a cash motor or was it pulled from something? Ford’s “modular” 5.0-liter V8 first appeared in the 2011 Mustang GT (and F-150), developing 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. In its third generation, the Coyote produces 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque in the new Mustangs.
Sources: YouTube, mustangspecs.com
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