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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2016, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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1974 Ford Maverick Project!





=SPECS=
1974 Ford Maverick
250 CI straight 6, 3 speed auto
White exterior, light blue interior


=PLANS=
Re-dp brake system so it actually stops
Change bumpers
Satin white paint, black hood stripes
Wheels (undecided as to what yet, but they will change)



=PICTURES=






some post-interior cleaning pictures








The carpets are in really really good shape.

the trunk is in better shape than I though as well. It was a mess full of junk and stuff when I opened it up. a bonus is the full set of shop manuals for the 1974 model year. Pretty stoked about those being in there. I have some awesome reading material now.

here it as, as I opened it for the first time after getting it home.




Here it is all cleaned up, carpet out and everything. some minor rust holes on the edge there, but really overall it's not as bad as I was expecting it to be.



and the beautiful manuals



couple engine shots.





Nothing really special to look at engine wise. Runs pretty good, only drivability issue is it wants to stall on if i try to take corners too fast. Guessing it's an issue with the float level in the carb. Going to dig into that if I have time this weekend. Also might start sanding it down this weekend weather permitting.


have also decided on what wheels to run, going to go with 17" FR500 wheels. 90% sure in the anthracite color. 17x9 up front, and likely 17x10.5 out back.



these will be what I start saving up for next I guess!


Ordered up a Pertronix electric ignition to swap in to get rid of the points ignition. cheap easy and a good upgrade.



Getting them big ass bumpers off. going to be doing the small bumper swap.





and last but not least for now

Quick little video I did up on it for my main YouTube channel, since it's been lacking lately.

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well my weekend didn't go as planned, but I did get enough free time to sand down the hood, and repaint it.

few pics of that process.

Sanded down (with a face on the windshield lol)



Hood off the car and into the currently empty shed





First coat of paint laid down. Little streaky, the spray tip wasn't cleaned properly.



after 4 coats. last 2 decently heavy.





Going to give it till next weekend to cure, then wet sand it down with 800, then 1500. Should look half decent and it will be a one panel at a time paint job, as weekends are really my only time to wok on this thing.
Keep in mind this is a cheap single stage oil based paint job. I'm not spending a ton of money on this thing. just getting it somewhat presentable. Maybe further down the road I will spend some money and get a professional job done but for now, this is 100% better than what was on it.


Fun fact, I actually thought about just clear coating the sanded down good. I think the whole car sanded down and cleared would look hilariously awesome.
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Did a rebuild on a Maverick a couple years back with my bro in law & had a great time. Really liked the look when it was done. I'll see if I can dig up some pics.
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Nice! yeah they're pretty cool little cars! Super underrated in my opinion. When I tell people I have a maverick their instant reaction is "Oh, a maverick...? why not a mustang"

Kind of annoying, but kind of funny too. It will be nice to have something awesome when I'm done that people will then say "Wow thats a nice maverick" instead of "oh it's a maverick..."
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Re: 1974 Ford Maverick Project!

as long as long as your going with the small bumpers why not a grabber hood, quarter extensions and rear spoiler?


I did it to a 77 driver, sold it for more than I had in it times two after many years of service.

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as long as long as your going with the small bumpers why not a grabber hood, quarter extensions and rear spoiler?


I did it to a 77 driver, sold it for more than I had in it times two after many years of service.
Grabber hoods are hard to find up here in canada. and shipping something that large from the states is super expensive. I think i'll toss on a mach 1 mustang repro hood scoop and call it a day in terms of the hood.

I might do the rear spoiler though, I know of a place up here that makes those in fiberglass. Keep in mind this is a low buck build for now, so I won't be doing a lot of stuff like that which requires $$$
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Small update, Got my Pertronix electronic ignition in the mail finally, and I installed that after I got home from work last night, install was super quick and easy, took about 20 minutes. Did a short video on the process of that since im going to be documenting most of the things I do on this car. Didn't fire it up to make sure I did it right as it was about 1:30 AM when I finished (I work till 11 PM, and get home around 12:30 AM) however I went out this morning before work and she fired up better than ever, and runs a bit better as well. Pretty happy!
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Next video in the series.


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Well I got the hood wet sanded, polished, and waxed. Half decently happy with the end results. It's by no means perfect, or as good as I could have gotten it. But now I know for the rest of the car what I need to do differently. AKA More coats! Couldnt sand it down enough to get it glass smooth as the layers were getting pretty thin. so I'll lay more coats for the rest of the car and I should be good to go.

I also blacked out the chrome trim on the hood, the headlight surrounds, and the grille! this will be the look I got for. white with black trim. Kind of a cool look in my eyes.

few pics just because I went cruising around and took some.





some closer-ups of the hood.






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Ah, the "magic floating headlights" look. Hey, the next time it doesn't block-sand quite right, just stop there and don't polish or wax it. Then when you do the next panel, you can simply wipe it down, scuff it lightly, and shoot some extra on it also without fighting with polishing residue, oils or waxes. Looking good!

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Thanks man. Yeah I always could have re-shot it. I still can if I wanted too. it's good enough though. far better than before and unless you're right up next to it you can't see any flaws, so I'm happy with it for now!
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Found some of the parts needed for the small bumper conversion. ordered em up and they are on the way to the border. Mint condition. No dents, straight as an arrow, and no rust at all!

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If I remember correctly you have to rework the fenders at the stone deflector.

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If I remember correctly you have to rework the fenders at the stone deflector.
correct. have to notch it out a bit. not a difficult thing to do.
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So the bumpers are waiting for me at the border, going to get those picked up hopefully this week, and next weekend will be the install of those! pretty excited.

short video this week. not a lot going on but I wanted to try some editing so heres a video.

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