Wayne Cook
August 1, 2009
Photos By: Tracy Stocker
This shot gives us a clear understanding of the Maverick's fundamentally excellent styling. Aside from the four-door version, the fastback roofline was the only body style offered, and the car was so popular when introduced that it turned out to be one of Ford's all-time best sellers. The wheelhouses are larger than we might expect and the 17-inch rolling stock seems perfectly sized for the car. The good-looking Grabber package included the choice of grabber color, special hood, and trim striping. These cars were lightweight and with the right engine they made great pocket-sized muscle cars. Shawn weighed his car and found a 3,000-pound curb weight.

The Details
Shawn Simpson's '72 Maverick Grabber

Engine

  • 302 cubic inch V-8
  • 4.030-inch bore (306ci)
  • 3.00-inch stroke
  • Stock crankshaft
  • Stock connecting rods
  • TRW forged aluminum flat-top pistons
  • Ford iron cylinder heads with 1.94/160-inch valves
  • 68cc combustion chamber volume
  • Offenhauser aluminum intake manifold
  • 600 cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor
  • Ford Motorsport air cleaner assembly
  • K&N air filter element
  • Mallory ignition
  • Griffin aluminum radiator

    Transmission

  • LenTech Street Terminator Plus AOD four-speed automatic
  • Aluminum driveshaft

    Rearend

  • Currie 9-inch axle
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 3.70 gears

    Exhaust

  • Hooker Super Comp headers
  • Stainless steel 2¼-inch exhaust system
  • Flowmaster mufflers

    Suspension

  • Front: Rebuilt factory coil spring with OE-type shocks
  • Rear: Rebuilt factory leaf spring with OE-type shocks

    Brakes

  • Front: Lincoln Versailles disc, 11-inch rotor, single-piston caliper
  • Rear: Explorer disc conversion, single-piston caliper

    Wheels

  • Front: Boyd Coddington two-piece polished Smoothie I, 17x8
  • Rear: Boyd Coddington two-piece polished Smoothie I, 17x8

    Tires

  • Front: Sumitomo HTR 45Z, P235/45ZR17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich Comp T/A, P245/35ZR17

    Interior

  • Gray and black custom interior, '88 Escort GT bucket seats, '71 Mustang console, LeCarra steering wheel, Sun Pro tachometer and engine gauges, Craig stereo with six-disc CD changer, trunk mounted 12-inch subwoofer, Painless wiring harness

    Exterior

  • Grabber Green paint and striping by Verl Nichols, Halogen tri-bar headlights

    Maverick Minutiae

  • The Maverick was developed during the mid-'60s and introduced in April of 1969 as a 1970 model. Production continued until 1977. Ford had economy in mind and the Maverick was designed as a Falcon replacement. At introduction, the base price was $1,995. The 170ci six was standard and the 200ci engine was optional. Then the 250ci six was made available as the largest engine for 1970. Transmission choices were a three-speed manual gearbox or a three-speed automatic. When the 302 became available in 1971, five-lug wheels were included on both the 250ci six and V-8 powered versions. The 302-2V was rated at 210 horsepower. Grabber goodies included the special color choices of Bright Yellow, Grabber Blue, Grabber Green, Grabber Yellow, and Vermillion. Also included were a rear spoiler, blacked out flat hood and taillight panel, blacked out grille, all-vinyl interior, Grabber non-reflective stripes, 14-inch wheels and dual sport mirrors. For 1971 and '72 the Grabber package included the dual nostril hood seen on Shawn's car.

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