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cpmaverick
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From: Auburn, AL.
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 11-13-2000 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that Steve stuck a picture of my ratty daily driver up on the Small Fords Board, I thought I'd inform everyone that it is a 1970 Maverick Grabber.

Yes its a real Grabber!!!

This seems to be a point of conflict every time I show my car or someone asks me about it. 'I had a Maverick, but it was a Grabber.' I've heard that one

Mid year 1970, Ford introduced a Mustang and Maverick Grabber, the Mustang died but the Maverick lived until 1975. They were both just a stripe package.

The 1970 Maverick Grabber had a STOCK Maverick hood (unlike 71-2 Grabbers) blacked out with 2 stripes (my hood is solid black, at least until the next repaint). It had black Grabber stripes on the sides, but they didn't have the 'Grabber' text on the side like 71-up Grabbers did. It had a stock Maverick grille blacked out, and a rear spoiler with blacked out tail panel & spoiler but still had the bright taillight trim.

Since no V8 was available in 1970, no 1970 Grabbers got them either. The Grabber wasn't meant to be a muscle car, just look good. Mine did have the BIG 250 six though.

Anyway, there are a lot of misconceptions about the maverick. I have a lot of info on my website, but if you don't want to sift through it, just ask

http://maverickgrabber.com/70Grabber.html
http://maverickgrabber.com/Grabberlist.html

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-Charlie Ping
1970 Maverick Grabber
-1987 5.0L B303 roller cam/rockers
-1968 Mustang Toploader
-1977 Lincoln Versailles 9 inch w/discs
-1980 Granada Front Discs
www.MAVERICKGRABBER.com

[This message has been edited by cpmaverick (edited 11-13-2000).]

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-13-2000 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charlie, my older brother Don used to have a '70 Grabber. No hood scoop, 200/3 speed, Grabber Blue with black stripe.

I loved that car! He put a zillion miles on it before the rear frame rail rusted out. {He's a farmer, so it spent most of it's life parked in mud. }

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MLariviere
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posted 11-13-2000 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,would you believe someone I know bought that car? He said Don was using it for a dog house! LOL! He cleaned the crap out,welded up the rear frame rails,and drove it for a year and a half! LOL! Must have smelled good!

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Wishing it was summer all the time here,
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-13-2000 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man! I wonder how many miles are on that thing! Don turned it over two or three times himself!

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blakhart51
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posted 01-17-2001 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakhart51   Click Here to Email blakhart51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man, is your post a godsend!!! I thought I was going crazy--I will be restoring a 1970 Maverick. I intend to detail it just like the 1970 Maverick I once owned. The only problem I had was that all the pics I've seen of Mavericks show a double striped hood. My model had a single large black oxide hood. It's good to see that although my hair may be going, my memory isn't. Thanks for the post and pic. If anyone can tell me when or why Ford went to the double striped hood, I would appreciate hearing from them.
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cpmaverick
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From: Auburn, AL.
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posted 01-17-2001 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M!!!

I believe that all the 1970 Grabbers had the double-striped hood, mine did originally, but it was painted over solid.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-17-2001 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My brother's '70 Grabber had two stripes on the hood, too.

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