Another milestone of the seventies! (not political, I promise)

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Another milestone of the seventies! (not political, I promise)

Post  LivermoreDave on November 30th 2013, 12:26 pm

Just finished browsing through an issue of Elapsed Times magazine. In an article was a picture of Dick Brannon's NHRA P/S Maverick about to enter the water box. So, I decided to look up Dick Brannon's accomplishments. The early Ford Drag Race Team's Captain was Dick Brannon. Brannon was an early P/S competitor, a successful competitor as he was with the early '60's Fords. My search for Brannon's Maverick started when I began to think a bit (imagine that)! Was the engine the infamous 427 FE or the Ford Boss? I was somewhat enlightened when I read part of the article proclaiming the Maverick of Brannon's included Boss 429 power. Pretty neat article I thought, maybe you guts may enjoy it as well.

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Post  jeffgfg on November 30th 2013, 2:21 pm

I remember when Super Stock mag ran an article about putting a Boss 429 in a Maverick for one of their project cars. The fact that they did this with out removing the shock towers completely is amazing!! The headers were works of art.

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Post  LivermoreDave on November 30th 2013, 8:54 pm

An article from the archives of Mustangs and Fords website.

1971 Super Stock & Drag Illustrated Magazine located in nearby Maryland, SS&DI magazine learned of the D&R plans and asked if they could do a series on the Maverick with its now-new Boss 429 engine. Done deal. Most of the stories were written by the legendary Jim McCraw. The Maverick was painted in a spectacular candy orange scheme by legendary FoMoCo paint specialist, Lou Mazzarella of Montclair, New Jersey, and it won Best Appearing Car laurels at several local and national events. At this time, D&R moved its operation to the C-K Speed Shop complex in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. While other cars were in the 10.40s, the D&R Boss 429 Maverick ran consistent 10.11-10.15thanks in part to John's hogging out the combustion chambers to full hemi-head configuration.

Read more: http://www.mustangandfords.com/featuredvehicles/ford_powered/mdmp_0901_super_stock_downing_ryan_drag_racing/viewall.html#ixzz2mBD7UxwN

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Post  supervel45 on December 2nd 2013, 6:20 pm

Great info, thanks, Dave. After you're wopper of a locked thread, had to check this with the teaser tittle. The SBF SunBeam's, if I spelled it right, were cool too.

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Post  bbf-falcon on December 2nd 2013, 6:57 pm

Cool Cool Cool 

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Post  Mark Miller on December 3rd 2013, 2:22 am

bbf-falcon wrote:Cool Cool Cool 
 
 
Rick,i bet the Maverick pictures bring back memories.Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 

Later Mark.

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Post  GT300TD on December 3rd 2013, 12:37 pm


On my opinion the Mavericks were wrongly overlooked by performance minded people and also by Ford. Personally, I love 'em Cool Smile .


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Post  jeffgfg on December 3rd 2013, 3:02 pm

Somewhere I read back in the day that Ford said they were more aerodynamic if you ran them backwards!! I don't know if it's true or not. I doubt it though. I like them too. Wish I would have bought one when they were cheap!! People did a lot to them back in the day, lot's of Boss 302 swaps, Tons of other small block swaps. I had a brand new 74 Maverick with a 302 C-4 It was quick and surprised a lot of people. Just had those ugly bumpers on it. I remember a friend went and bought a brand new one in 70 paid like 1400.00 for it...hell beat up junkers sell for that now!!!

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Post  maverick on December 3rd 2013, 9:06 pm

Personally. I don't care for 'em.Wink 
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Post  jeffgfg on December 3rd 2013, 9:14 pm

I noticed;) 

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Post  supervel45 on December 4th 2013, 2:56 am

2 for 2 now Dave, I'm proud, at least you care to. Keep it interesting. Back to the Maverick, I saw a Blown BBC, in an Opel, in some vintage you tube clips. Need one with a 429 Boss or 429. The Sunbeams had a SBF, and are cool in person, if you have not seen one. Just for trivia, the Opel and I think SunBeam where used in Get Smart series, that Maxwell drove.

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Post  rmcomprandy on December 4th 2013, 11:09 am

jeffgfg wrote:Somewhere I read back in the day that Ford said they were more aerodynamic if you ran them backwards!! I don't know if it's true or not.
That was the PINTO not the Maverick and in a wind tunnel it was absolutely true.

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