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i'm not a hundred percent sure, but i think we have the airbrake set up as well...not sure if it was ever put on or not, but i had seen it in the box about 20 yrs ago...
 

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Listen folks, This guy may be confused about the 9" rear, I mean there is no diffrence in the 8 and 9 visibly... He may be confused about the Air Brakes... (likely Air Shocks)... And, he may be confused about the 4V on it. (Ford did not make a 302 4V after 1971)

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MY 1971 Maverick 302 2V C-4 8" rear that I owned from 1983 to 1985 (The first car I ever bought with my own money)
Was WHOOPED every weekend by a 1971 Maverick Grabber with a 302 BOSS and a 4V on it. I swear to God! Honest Injun!

It was that Beautiful Blue they had then, it had the Air Grabber hood, Rear Traction Bars, Giant 60 series 15" slick looking street tires, little 14" pizza tires on the front, even the hood pins looked good on it.

I raced him outside the town of Cleveland Utah every time I drove past if he was outside washing it. It was brilliant! It was a BOSS and it was a Grabber, and it was a 4V, and it kicked my ass lots!



The stranges thing is the kid and his father bought the car from FORD with the BOSS in it!
Special order maybe?

By 1975 the only boss out there was Boss Hog on re-runs of the Dukes of Hazzard....



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Holly Molly, Batman, Cleveland Utah? Were you stationed at Hill or from that neck of the woods? Now I do know that some Ford dealerships did some funny things and called it Ford. If they hadn't the 68 428CJ Stang would have never been born. I knew a guy up at Whidbey Is. Wash. back in 74 that had a 63 Falcon with a Boss 302. He paid $50 bucks for it, brand new in the crate, when a woman sold it out from under her ex's stuff. I'd killed her personally. But it was a screamer and it looked factory. Many of the things we seen back then we didn't know what they were and what had been done to them and called "factory". After all Ford did put the early GT40s on the street to.
 

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I lived there on and off all my life... Grand parents formed the town of Elmo back in the early 1800's... Been living between Washington state to Utah all my life... Stationed at Ft. Douglas, in 85 to 87 as a navy reservist... Active duty from 88 to 99
Nearly retired too but got tired of the BS and failed to see how easy I actualy had it...

I'll bet the Mav was a special order, not like the motor wasn't available in 71
 

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My parents had a Comet (Mav Merc) with a 302. 2 barrel carb and the thing screamed for a stock car.
Dad put a For Sale sign on it and drove to the corner and a guy pulled him over and bought it. Thats a fast sell.
Always wondered what happened to that car.
Actually would like to get it back.

Rich Sr.
 

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i bought a 75 grabber to build a drag car out of. it had the "hi-po" 122hp 302 2v with a c4 3spd auto with the 3:00.1 rear gears in the 8inch housing. from the factory it was the fastest maverick you could get period. course when i was done with it it had a stroked 351w with a art car c4 with 4:11's. wish i never got rid of it. oh and you could get a grabber all the way through 77. cause i'm still trying to get our neighbor to sell her 77 grabber , its mint!
 

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My brother bought a 72 Grabber, 302 2V, C4 all they offered according to the Ford dealer. I had bought a 72 GT CJ a few months prior. I had to cosign for him and I think my mother had to make most of the payments. He had just been drafted six years after I was. I made it a career of 22 years. He did his two and got the 'H' out. According to him, his Maverick was a piece of bad luck.
 

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I think I had the fastest stock Maverick. 1972 Grabber, 302 2bbl, 3 on the floor, 3.00 open, buckets, not power anything, not even a radio. Whomever ordered it new I think was planning on using it as a drag car, who knows?

Anyway, with some tuning (still with the stock Magnum 500s, 14 inch rims and single exhaust) I managed to get it to run a 15.65. With 80K odd miles on it (at the time).

The same car with a 351CJ and 4 speed from a Torino ran deep 13s... and never did lose the 8"er. Nowadays I'm thinking it was worth more stock.

Too bad I missed this post in January.

For the record (surprised nobody brought this up) the Maverick didn't get a 302 UNTIL 1972, the Comet got it in 1971 (when they introduced it). All the grabber package is, was trim (well, hood, rear spoiler on the early ones). Kind of like the Free Wheelin' trucks and Broncos.

Buddy had a slick (76 I think) a few years ago that looked dead factory. Somebody put a old cast iron 289 intake on it, a SROD (3 speed overdrive) and I think 3.55 gears with a traction-lock in the 8". Had power windows and stuff in it (likely from a Granada) but whomever did it, did it right. Again, looked like something right from Ford. That car fooled quite a few people at shows.
 

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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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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
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.
I think just by looking at the list of your collection, it definately qualifies you as the expert here on Mavericks! ;)
Mike
 

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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!
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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