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Getting the Coyote ready to run is a a bit of a challenge. That figures, because I haven't done anything the usual way! I'm using the FFR instructions for installing Gen 2 Coyote in a roadster as a guide. But I have a Gen 2 Type 65 coupe, not a roadster ... and I'm using an engine from a Mustang, not a crate motor ... and I'm using rocker switches, not an ignition switch ... and ... well, nothing is "usual"! .

I'm not begging for sympathy. It's all self-inflicted!

Wiring is done. Just needs a double-check before I do some testing and connect up the battery.

Intake system is in the works. Running it to the left with the 90* Scepter tube might work well on the roadster but on the coupe it will run into the splash guards. I have a 110* on order and I plan to run the intake straight down behind the X brace. I have parts on the way from JLT Performance that should give me the PCV and CMCV connections.

For the cooling system the upper and lower hoses provided with the Coyote Control Pack are a good start. I have some planning to do. I think I'll follow the lead of EdwardB's anniversary roadster build and try to use the Ford cooling system design.

The fuel system should be pretty straightforward. Earlier I ran hard lines from the fuel tank to the bottom of the firewall. I'll extend them up the firewall and transition to AN -6 to the fuel regulator and onward to the fuel rail.

Lots more to do. First Start can't come too soon!
 

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I'm getting lots of details wrapped up to prepare for the big day. Our friend The Travelling Builder will be on site for First Start and Go Kart slated for late next week. Testing my engine wiring, loading up the fluids, a check valve, a restricter, some vacuum lines and fittings ... the little odds and ends that chew up time are what I'll be dealing with in the meantime.

After trying really hard to make a comfy reclining seat fit in the cockpit I finally yielded to the inevitable and ordered a set of the Kirkey high back drag racing seats. The trouble spot is where the seat back contacts the top of the striker post. The width and the thickness of the seat back are the key factors. Even after several mods the recliners would not give me, at 5' 6", more than 1" of recline from a natural seating position. Nothing I've tried is as good in this area as the Kirkeys.

And there's another thing on cockpit ergonomics. I have an electric power assisted steering system available that looks like it will fit very nicely ... if I move the lower steering shaft bearing inboard a bit. That would have the beneficial effect of better aligning the steering column to the seating position. And remember that I added a bump out in the foot box earlier? So I should also be able to shift all of the pedals to the right, bringing them in better alignment as well. I'm going to take a close look at all of this before digging in, but getting the steering wheel and pedals better aligned with the seat would make for much more comfortable road trips!
 

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FIRST START DONE!!! And it was great!

After getting some last minute tips from The Travelling Builder last week we set today as the target date for first start.
Yesterday I finished loading in the fluids being careful to follow Mark's tips on filling the cooling system.
This morning Mark and I reviewed things, finished the final fuel line connections and changed the fuel pump wiring so that the fuel pump is controlled directly by the Coyote PCM bypassing the relay in the RF fuse panel. We fixed a fuel leak as we brought up the fuel pressure. It was time to give it a try ...

First attempt:
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The actuator arm on my home made clutch safety switch wasn't aligned with the switch. Easy fix ... but the loaner battery didn't have enough juice for the job. Ugh!

Second attempt:
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We broke out the jumper cables and gave it another go. It started! The oil pressure was good but it sounded just a little rough with a little uneven rhythm at the left tailpipe. After a few minutes we could tell that the header pipe on #7 was not blueing up like the rest of them. I had wired up the tachometer adapter to the #7 coil by carefully following the wrong set of directions. It only took a few minutes to undo my mistake and give it another try.

Third attempt:
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Beautiful! It started easily and quickly settled down to a nice smooth idle. As the engine warmed up the coolant started to flow it purged a bit of air and took the in the excess coolant from the reservoir. The oil pressure held, the volt meter indicated that the charging system was working, and the water temperature held as the fan came on. Awesome!

I have a few things to work on. My fuel lines are way too close to the header. I'll re-do the hard lines to run high in the tunnel. But first I need to install a drive shaft loop. Then it will be time to install a seat and do a neighborhood go kart!

Woo Hoo!
 

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I made a few changes, some of which were suggested by friends who helped with the first start.

I added a drive shaft loop, re routed the rear brake line and fuel lines through the tunnel, and tidied up some wiring and plumbing. After checking for leaks I was pretty anxious to fire it up.

It still runs!

 
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