Jim Smart
June 1, 2005

A powerful 302 needs a driveline that can stand up to the punishment of nitrous power. In the tunnel is a C4 Select-Shift transmission working hand-in-hand with a 3.50:1 9-inch-large bearing housing fitted with 31-spline Moser axles and 3-inch screw-in studs. In the middle, a nodular iron chunk with a Traction-Lok differential takes anything Derrick can toss at it. A Continental 10-inch torque converter multiplies the twist with a 2,800-rpm stall speed. Art Carr gears improve the hole shot.

Down under, Derrick needed a chassis that would compliment the powertrain. A relatively stock suspension system is fitted with polyurethane bushings and KYB gas shocks. A 1-inch front sway bar with polyurethane bushings controls body roll. TMC 620 coils control the action in front.

Wilwood binders are exactly what you would expect from Derrick, who is as disciplined in his chassis logic as he is with the engine and driveline. Those are cross-drilled Wilwood Dynalite Pro-Series 11.75-inch front disc brakes. In back, the same thing, with a Wilwood Pro-Series parking brake kit. Derrick has thought of everything.

On the ground, Bridgestone Potenza 245/40/17s in front, wrapped around 17x7-inch Boyd Coddington Dictators. In back, 255/45/18 (yes, 18 and loving it) on 18x8-inch Dictators. Derrick had to roll the fender lips to clear the Potenzas.

Inside, strict attention to detail-Cobra Daytona seats wrapped in rich leather with Sparco four-point harnesses for safety. Derrick upholstered the rear seat the same way for uniformity. That's a Dino leather-wrapped steering wheel. Auto Meter instrumentation provides important information. A Panasonic CQ-CC8400U system with a removable face-plate feeds the thunder to CJ-DA6910 6x9-inch and CJ-DA1000 4-inch two-way speakers. Auto Custom carpet provided the thick, plush carpeting. Billet window cranks compliment the Maverick's otherwise utilitarian door panels.

We like the Hella H4 headlamp conversions with Koito White Beam H4 lamps and the smoked taillights. APR carbon fiber mirrors look sharp and functional, as does the custom carbon-fiber hood.

Derrick has answered the Maverick challenge respectfully and with precision. This is an exercise in how to build a restomod that isn't mainstream, yet it is something you'd be proud to own. Derrick demonstrates to most of us that you can build wonderful imagination into just about anything, and keep the populous coming back for more-just like Ford did in 1970.