We can’t think of a better platform for the new Coyote 5.0, dual-overhead cam, 32-valve Ford motor than a low-slung ’33 Ford Tudor. This is Bryan Fuller’s own hot rod. The Coyote motor rests between a set of hand-formed framerails.

It is the great hot rod tradition. It began when hot rodders eagerly snatched up the new Ford V-8 and stuffed it between the framerails of their Model T and A Fords. That occurred in 1932 and the modern motor in a vintage Ford has become the very definition of traditional hot rodding. As newer, better, and more powerful motors were introduced, hot rodders were quick to install them in hot rods.

Today that tradition continues, but like all technology it seems to be happening at breakneck speed. New motors, more horsepower, better fuel mileage, it all seems to be streaming out of Detroit faster than ever before.

One of the latest in this stream of performance motors was introduced by the Ford Motor Company. After 45 years of Mustang production Ford decided it was time to build a V-8 specifically designed for the Mustang. The motor was developed under the code name Coyote, a suitable name since this Blue Oval was designed to howl.

As the motor reached production it is a modern motor marvel, a powerplant that produces over 80 hp per liter (61 ci), a motor that’s compact in size, modern in every way, and carries the famous Mustang 5.0 displacement. From the crank fire ignition to the 32-valve, dual-overhead cam design, the motor is everything a hot rodder could desire; components such as forged rods, cross-drilled crankshaft, hollow camshafts, and much more. Ti-VCT is engineer speak for the twin independent variable cam timing that is key in the production of both horsepower and fuel economy. The end result is a motor that delivers 412 hp at 6,500 rpm and a whopping 390 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm on premium pump gas; the aluminum block motor weighs in at a trim 444 pounds.

This all-new small-block Ford may have been built for the new Mustang, but it’s also destined to find a home in a lot of old Ford hot rods. Since the motor doesn’t use direct injection, much of the hassles of super high-pressure fuel lines are eliminated. The engine may be supercharged in the future, but for the average hot rod application a small-block engine that produces 412 hp and good fuel economy without a blower or turbo is just what the hot rod doctor ordered.

In the looks department this is one of the better looking modular motors. The Mustang 5.0 engine cover kit is a handsome assembly that covers things like coils, wiring, and plumbing. The engine cover does a great job of looking like a high-performance motor but you can bet hot rodders will find unique ways to cover the Coyote. Transmission options for the new motor include the all-new MT-82 six-speed manual or an updated six-speed automatic.

The more we learned about this new Ford motor the more anxious we became to see one slipped between some early Ford rails. And so when Editor Brennan received the call that a new ’11 Coyote (officially known as the 5.0 4V Ti-VCT V-8) was being installed at Bryan Fuller’s hot rod shop we jumped at the chance to check it out.

The name Bryan Fuller is recognizable to most hot rodders through his years of working with the likes of SO-CAL Speed Shop, GMT, and Chip Foose, which led to his initial TV appearances. Today his time is equally divided between the Two Guys Garage TV show and running his shop in Atlanta. Fuller Hot Rods is busy building everything from a ’61 Chevrolet to a ’59 Caddy Hearse, but the project that piqued our interest was Fuller’s personal ride, a radical ’33 Ford Tudor. Good old East Coast rust had already removed most of the floor, but that was just fine, as this car would be completely custom fabricated from the ground up and deeply channeled in the process.