Jim Smart
December 19, 2006

G.S. took a common sense approach to his EFI Maverick. For example, the fasten seatbelt light became the check engine light for the EFI system. He played it safe and smart in every respect, including the fuel cut-off inertia switch in the trunk just in case someone ran into him. The original factory York air-conditioning compressor was ditched for something lighter-a Sanden unit that is more efficient. G.S. sweated all those little details that make his Maverick a simple machine, ready for the 21st century.

While G.S. was doing his 5.0 High Output conversion, he also focused on paint and body, including the incorporation of Grabber sport mirrors, trim, grille, hood, and decklid. His good friend, Ron Oakley, helped G.S. with the bodywork and paint. These gentlemen did an exceptional job prepping the body and laying down the creamy powder blue enamel known as Waterfall Blue.

Bodywork and engine swap out of the way, G.S. then concentrated on the underpinnings. Again, strong budget focus here. He opted for junkyard pieces, such as the power brake booster, proportioning valve, and front disc brakes. Because the Maverick was fitted with an 8-inch rearend to start with, G.S. didn't have to sweat much there. The 2.79 gears are perfect for cruising, keeping the revs down on the open highway, especially important in the age of high fuel prices.

Inside, G.S. went with Grabber bucket seats, again from the junkyard. That's a used Mustang automatic floor shifter sharing space between the buckets. Classic Stewart-Warner instruments thrust us back to the '70s. These select bolt-ons have made the Maverick a simple, affordable, sporty, fast, and cheap restomod project, perfect for cruising and commuting.

This begs the question: what are you waiting for? Your affordable dream restomod is waiting in the classifieds.