This shot gives us a clear...
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.
Shawn Simpson's '72 Maverick Grabber
- 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
LenTech Street Terminator Plus AOD four-speed automatic
Currie 9-inch axle
Hooker Super Comp headers
Stainless steel 2¼-inch exhaust system
Front: Rebuilt factory coil spring with OE-type shocks
Rear: Rebuilt factory leaf spring with OE-type shocks
Front: Lincoln Versailles disc, 11-inch rotor, single-piston caliper
Rear: Explorer disc conversion, single-piston caliper
Front: Boyd Coddington two-piece polished Smoothie I, 17x8
Rear: Boyd Coddington two-piece polished Smoothie I, 17x8
Front: Sumitomo HTR 45Z, P235/45ZR17
Rear: BFGoodrich Comp T/A, P245/35ZR17
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
Grabber Green paint and striping by Verl Nichols, Halogen tri-bar headlights
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.
Here's another look at why...
Here's another look at why the Maverick was so popular. The great roofline terminated in a built in ducktail trunk lip that gave the look of a built in spoiler. The blacked out taillight panel was another Grabber trim feature.
The good-looking exhaust system...
The good-looking exhaust system reminds us of a Fox 5.0L LX Mustang with its bologna cut tips. It sure doesn't look like a stock Maverick and we're willing to bet that with the Flowmaster mufflers, that it doesn't sound stock either.