1931 Ford Race Truck Goes Aluminator for Wicked Hot Rod Build
For when a 5.0 Mustang GT Coyote engine just isn’t going to cut it.
Vintage hot rods have a certain cool charisma different from today’s modern muscle just like this 1931 Ford Model A Pickup Truck. Mike’s project vehicle was a mighty monster with an output of over 700 horsepower. With the previous mill having already disappeared for 18 months, the Model A is currently a cold machine without a heart. Mike is here to resurrect this Ford hot rod with a new crate engine.
1931 Ford Model A is both a modern and classic hot rod
Built for the SEMA 2018 show, this 1931 Ford Model A is a modern yet classic hot rod. It’s recognizable as a machine from 90 years ago thanks to the custom grille, driver’s cab as well as the hood (although only 8 inches remain). It sits on a custom tubular chassis featuring a dual-wishbone front suspension with adjustable H&R coilovers and a 4-link rear suspension with exposed coilovers.
This 1931 Ford Model A runs on Centerlock Motegi wheels (18 × 12.5 inches at the front and 18 × 13 inches at the rear) derived from a 2018 Mazda IMSA Le Mans prototype. The rims are coated with slicks. Michelin Motorsports PL2 rain jacket for all-weather road performance. Power distribution is provided by a Jerico WC4-4 four-speed manual transmission, which is the gearbox of choice for NASCAR racers.
Trade in Coyote Mill for a new engine
According to Mike, this Model A hot rod was fitted with a 2011 5.0 Mustang GT Coyote engine. Using a supercharging system, this first generation Coyote mill produced around 730 hp on the rear wheels or over 800 hp on the crank. ). The hot rod would have excellent construction if the first-generation Coyote engine – the weakest of the three generations – didn’t suffer destruction.
Featuring a riveted aluminum interior, Mike’s 1931 Ford Model A hot rod went without an engine for about 18 months. But Mike has big plans for the vintage truck project, so he bought a second generation Coyote engine (a dropout). After considering other options, Mike finally opted for Ford Performance’s Gen 3 Aluminator 5.0-liter box engine, which evolved from a Gen 3 Mustang GT 5.0L Coyote engine.
Illuminator crate motor on its way
In its base naturally aspirated configuration, the 5.0-liter Gen 3 illuminator box motor delivers 460 hp of maximum power and 420 lb-ft of torque. Mike will probably back it up with a compressor, like he did on the previous mill. Although shoehorning the new engine is an easy task, Mike needs to rewire the truck, redo the fuel lines and fit new tires.
Source: StanceWorks channel on YouTube
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