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MAVERICK GRABBER!!!

Hey what year torino did that 351CJ come out of?
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Re: MAVERICK GRABBER!!!

go to ford maverick dot com mavericks did not come with 9 inch rears if it has one the nine inch came from a versailes and it would have disc bracks it would bolt in no mods
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Re: MAVERICK GRABBER!!!

Guys, here are the real facts on Mavericks, broken down by year:

"Early" 1970 cars: These are known as "1969.5" Mavericks by enthusiasts, though are technically 1970 model year cars as indicated by the VIN. These cars were the first Mavericks built beginning in April of 1969 through the fall of 1969. These very early Mavericks are easily identifiable by the ignition switch being located on the package tray with a steering column similar to '69 Mustangs. These cars were available with I6's and 3 speed manual or C4 automatic transmissions. All of these cars have 7.5 rearends and 4 wheel drums.

"Late" 1970: The ignition switch was relocated to the steering column. Again, these cars were available with the 170/200/250 I6's only. Some of the very late 70's had 8 inch rearends, while most had 7.5 rearends. All 69.5/70 cars were 4 lug. The Grabber option became available in 1970 also, though these cars lacked bucket seats and the famous Grabber hood, they simply had stripes on the sides and hood.

1971: The 302 2v became an option in 1971. The Grabbers received the Grabber hoods with the scoops, along with bucket seats. A 3 speed manual or C4 was available, column shift or floor shift. The V8 cars were 5 lug, while the I6 cars remained 4 lug. All cars from 1971 and on had 8 inch rearends, regardless of engine or number of lugs. 4 doors became available in 1971. 1971 was also the first year of the Comet, and the Comet GT.

1972: Basically the same as '71, with minor differences such as the upholstery on the Grabber bucket seats. The Maverick Sprint was available in 1972, which had a unique red white and blue color scheme. '72 is the only year for the Sprint.

1973: Starting in 1973, the front bumper increased in size slightly due to government safety standards. The rear bumper remained the same size, but was moved out slightly with modified bumper brackets. The Grabber hood was no longer a part of the Grabber option. The glove compartment dash was introduced as a running change mid way through the 1973 model year. Early production 73's have the early style package tray, while late 73's have the glove box. All Mavericks and Comets from 1973 onwards are 5 lug, regardless of what engine they have.

1974: The bumpers increased in size for the second time. Both front and rear bumpers were much larger. The Grabber spoiler was not longer part of the Grabber option. Front disc brakes became optional in 1974 for the first time.

1975: This IS the last year of the Grabber option. From 1975 on, all Mavericks and Comets had catalytic converters.

1976: The Grabber is no longer available. The Maverick Stallion became available. The Maverick Stallion was only available in 1976. Factory 302/3 speed manual Stallions are considered extremely rare. Power assisted front disc brakes are standard on all 76 Mavericks and Comets.

1977: The last year the Maverick was produced in the United States. The Stallion was no longer available, and as mentioned, the Grabber hadn't been available since 1975.

Some quick facts:
  • The Maverick was NEVER available with any V8 other then the 302 2v. NO Maverick every rolled out of the factory with a 4 barrel carb, there were no other options, if you wanted a V8 Maverick you got the 302 2v engine and that's it.
  • The Boss 302 was NEVER available in a Maverick from Ford, and the cars could not be special ordered that way, period.
  • The three speed manual and C4 automatic transmissions are the only two transmissions ever available. There was NEVER a 4 speed manual available as an option, and no Maverick could be special ordered with one.
  • The 8 inch rearend and 7.5 inch rearends were the ONLY rearends available in a Maverick. The 9 inch was NEVER an option, and you could not special order a Maverick with one. The only gear ratio's ever available in Mavericks were 2.79:1, 2.83:1 ('70 models only), and 3.00:1. Those are the ONLY rearend ratio's available, and you could not special order a Maverick with any ratio other then those.
  • Grabbers and Comet GT's were appearance packages only, they were mechanically exactly the same as any other Maverick or Comet.
  • ALL Mavericks and Comets, regardless of year, engine, or options, had single exhaust. A factory dual exhaust was never available, period.
  • Mavericks and Comets were built at 4 different plants: Wayne, Michigan (VIN code W), Dearborn, Michgian (code F), St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (code X), and Kansas City, MO (code K). The majority were built in Canada or Kansas City, though the Michigan cars are pop up every now and then, with Dearborn being the fewest and farthest between.
  • The 3rd and 4th numbers of the VIN on ALL Grabbers will be 93. 91 is a standard Maverick, and 92 is a 4 door. If your Maverick dosen't have 93 as the 3rd and 4th numbers it is NOT true Grabber.
The above bullets also apply to Comet GT's, except for the last. Comet GT's are not identifiable by the VIN.

I'm sure I missed some fine details, however these are the real facts about the most commonly miss understood parts of these cars.

Jamie Miles
Owner of:

1969.5 Maverick
1972 Grabber, factory 302/power steering/air condition/floor shift automatic car
1972 Maverick
1973 Maverick
1973 4 door Maverick
1974 Maverick Grabber
and two 1976 2 door Mavericks.

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Jamie Miles
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1969.5 Maverick
1972 Grabber, factory 302/power steering/air condition/floor shift automatic car
1972 Maverick
1973 Maverick
1973 4 door Maverick
1974 Maverick Grabber
and two 1976 2 door Mavericks.
I think just by looking at the list of your collection, it definately qualifies you as the expert here on Mavericks!
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WOW! I think JMILES just laid down the law! That was a great post, lots of good facts. I think newaterfordboy might have been seeing things thru a purple haze......
I personally had never seen or heard of a 4BBL option, factory duals, or a 9" rear.
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Is it possible that a dealer would put in a special package - thus having the paperwork from the dealer? Would the VIN reflect any dealer options?

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I am by no means a Ford expert and even less a Maverick expert but don't rule out what he claims just yet as it very well COULD be a dealer package car like stated. I have a 340 six pack 71 Dodge Demon GSS from Grand Spaulding Dodge, strictly a package car. There was a dealer in AZ who did something similar to Gremlins. What dealers did this sort of thing with Fords, Tasca? Anyone else? Until this guy posts pictures of the car and paperwork for you guys to decipher lets just hold out some hope that maybe something else rare may be discovered. ( I will add that by 1973 dealer modified cars were illegal and frowned upon so many were "speed shop modified" meaning the dealer set up someone else to do the work after the sale of the car).
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In 1972 I bought a new 1972 grabber.It was gold glow with orange racing stripes with white bucket seats.What a great car it was 302 3 sp on the floor.can only imagine that car with a 5 spd and few goodies!
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Guys, here are the real facts on Mavericks, broken down by year:

"Early" 1970 cars: These are known as "1969.5" Mavericks by enthusiasts, though are technically 1970 model year cars as indicated by the VIN. These cars were the first Mavericks built beginning in April of 1969 through the fall of 1969. These very early Mavericks are easily identifiable by the ignition switch being located on the package tray with a steering column similar to '69 Mustangs. These cars were available with I6's and 3 speed manual or C4 automatic transmissions. All of these cars have 7.5 rearends and 4 wheel drums.

"Late" 1970: The ignition switch was relocated to the steering column. Again, these cars were available with the 170/200/250 I6's only. Some of the very late 70's had 8 inch rearends, while most had 7.5 rearends. All 69.5/70 cars were 4 lug. The Grabber option became available in 1970 also, though these cars lacked bucket seats and the famous Grabber hood, they simply had stripes on the sides and hood.

1971: The 302 2v became an option in 1971. The Grabbers received the Grabber hoods with the scoops, along with bucket seats. A 3 speed manual or C4 was available, column shift or floor shift. The V8 cars were 5 lug, while the I6 cars remained 4 lug. All cars from 1971 and on had 8 inch rearends, regardless of engine or number of lugs. 4 doors became available in 1971. 1971 was also the first year of the Comet, and the Comet GT.

1972: Basically the same as '71, with minor differences such as the upholstery on the Grabber bucket seats. The Maverick Sprint was available in 1972, which had a unique red white and blue color scheme. '72 is the only year for the Sprint.

1973: Starting in 1973, the front bumper increased in size slightly due to government safety standards. The rear bumper remained the same size, but was moved out slightly with modified bumper brackets. The Grabber hood was no longer a part of the Grabber option. The glove compartment dash was introduced as a running change mid way through the 1973 model year. Early production 73's have the early style package tray, while late 73's have the glove box. All Mavericks and Comets from 1973 onwards are 5 lug, regardless of what engine they have.

1974: The bumpers increased in size for the second time. Both front and rear bumpers were much larger. The Grabber spoiler was not longer part of the Grabber option. Front disc brakes became optional in 1974 for the first time.

1975: This IS the last year of the Grabber option. From 1975 on, all Mavericks and Comets had catalytic converters.

1976: The Grabber is no longer available. The Maverick Stallion became available. The Maverick Stallion was only available in 1976. Factory 302/3 speed manual Stallions are considered extremely rare. Power assisted front disc brakes are standard on all 76 Mavericks and Comets.

1977: The last year the Maverick was produced in the United States. The Stallion was no longer available, and as mentioned, the Grabber hadn't been available since 1975.


Some quick facts:
  • The Maverick was NEVER available with any V8 other then the 302 2v. NO Maverick every rolled out of the factory with a 4 barrel carb, there were no other options, if you wanted a V8 Maverick you got the 302 2v engine and that's it.
  • The Boss 302 was NEVER available in a Maverick from Ford, and the cars could not be special ordered that way, period.
  • The three speed manual and C4 automatic transmissions are the only two transmissions ever available. There was NEVER a 4 speed manual available as an option, and no Maverick could be special ordered with one.
  • The 8 inch rearend and 7.5 inch rearends were the ONLY rearends available in a Maverick. The 9 inch was NEVER an option, and you could not special order a Maverick with one. The only gear ratio's ever available in Mavericks were 2.79:1, 2.83:1 ('70 models only), and 3.00:1. Those are the ONLY rearend ratio's available, and you could not special order a Maverick with any ratio other then those.
  • Grabbers and Comet GT's were appearance packages only, they were mechanically exactly the same as any other Maverick or Comet.
  • ALL Mavericks and Comets, regardless of year, engine, or options, had single exhaust. A factory dual exhaust was never available, period.
  • Mavericks and Comets were built at 4 different plants: Wayne, Michigan (VIN code W), Dearborn, Michgian (code F), St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (code X), and Kansas City, MO (code K). The majority were built in Canada or Kansas City, though the Michigan cars are pop up every now and then, with Dearborn being the fewest and farthest between.
  • The 3rd and 4th numbers of the VIN on ALL Grabbers will be 93. 91 is a standard Maverick, and 92 is a 4 door. If your Maverick dosen't have 93 as the 3rd and 4th numbers it is NOT true Grabber.
The above bullets also apply to Comet GT's, except for the last. Comet GT's are not identifiable by the VIN.

I'm sure I missed some fine details, however these are the real facts about the most commonly miss understood parts of these cars.

Jamie Miles
Owner of:

1969.5 Maverick
1972 Grabber, factory 302/power steering/air condition/floor shift automatic car
1972 Maverick
1973 Maverick
1973 4 door Maverick
1974 Maverick Grabber
and two 1976 2 door Mavericks.
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Interesting note about the 1968 Fords and the 302 with a factory 4 barrel.

That motor was not available on the 68 Torino, but was available on the Cyclone, Mustang, and (I'm pretty sure) the Cougar.

I learned this the had way when I tried to run "pure stock" with my 68 Cyclone. They put my car into a modified class because the Ford specs/paperwork listed the Torino and Cyclones as having the same motor options. No 302 4V listed for the Ford intermediates.

Needless to say, I didn't do to well in my class.
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jmiles,which cars had the 5 lug rear drums with the large center hole (2.77"?)?i ask because i'm trying to track down a used pair i can turn and i'm not having much luck.thanks,frank
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77 Granada. 2" brakes large hole, available Rock island or some such for $45 bucks each.
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FE,
i actually have a set of new bendix PDR0340 drums that are supposed to be for the '77 granada (same as centric 12261014). are you saying that even though the friction surface mics out at approx .250" wider and the overall height approx .200" taller they would work? they have the correct diameter register hole and are very nice finned drums. kinda heavy though. maybe i've got the wrong part number?
another question: the stock maverick drum has a 2" friction surface but the shoe friction material in my drums is only 1.75". i've got an old falcon ranchero 8" and the brakes on it are the same way. wonder why they're not taking advantage of the total width of the friction surface on the drums. or do i have two sets of drum brakes with the wrong shoes in them? these cars are gettin kinda old so anything is possible i guess.
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I have 2 3/8" brake surface, the large hole, and all new. My rear is a 74-77 Granada 8in.





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My first car was an early 73 Grabber. It had been raced by a transmission shop and had one of those big rectangular hood scoops, like this one
http://www.gapponline.net/wordpress/...-coverage1.png

They had put the 302 2V back in (still had the headers). It was decently quick.

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In the early 80's, I carpooled with a guy that had a Maverick with a v8. Wasn't a Grabber, I believe.

Around 85/86, he bought a 4 wheel drive BMW. (One of the very early ones.) I drove his car frequently.

Comparing my very nice 85 TurboCoupe with the BMW was night and day with respects to shifting. The Beemer was like butter. A very smooth driving car.

Another guy in our pool had an early Mazda Turbo. Felt a bit peppier than my TCoupe.
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