Originally Posted by Enderthreesix
I just had a conversation with my platoon sergeant about this today. I had mentioned that maybe I should get a coyote for my 2000 GT convertible. Do you think it is worth it?
Well, it was for me, but I think the question you're really asking is: "Will I ever get my money's worth" out of the project.
If I had paid someone to do this work it would have been done as quickly as possible, and without a lot of the nuances that I think make a huge difference. Even done quickly, this is not a swap for the timid -- Very costly. I think at last tally I was around 14k in parts alone, and that's not counting the 500 to 1000 in hardware store and parts store milk runs (if you know what I mean). Lot's of odds and ends to get er' done.
Even at a high rate of speed, I suspect the labor alone would clock in between 4-10k US.
I am writing up everything (I have a ton of notes and a parts list and chapters upon chapters of text and pictures). I plan on making it an e-book. You can dig through my blog for the journey that got me here -- it's pretty extensive and the regular videos I posted give some idea of what has to be done.
For me, though, all I can say is that it was and is worth it. I learned so much about my car and about myself in the process. That alone was worth the year plus time I spent in my spare hours putting this thing together. I've had my 2000 GT since it was new, and this will breath new life into the car, so that's also worth it.
Finally, I just love the Coyote motor -- it's light, efficient and it has a potential 8100 RPM red-line. I calculate that I'll be 400-600 lbs lighter than a termi, with almost as much horsepower and torque -- and that's without a tune. All the weight differences will be off the nose of the car too.
And as soon as I've got those weight, horsepower and efficiency numbers I'll be sharing, but I've heard what others have reported and suspect that I'll be in for similar numbers (30 mpg highway is one of my goals, and I don't think I'll have a hard time making that).