I received my first Maverick on my 16th when my uncle gave me a ring and said "Come get this pile of junk out of my yard" way back in the mid 90s. Christened "The Red Rocket" at some point in her journey down through the lines of kin, by a cousin I think. My grandmother's red on red 170 I6 auto rusted out (utah car) wreck of a 2 door thusly landed in my hands. Through the fun poking I persivered. Combined her and 2 others, a 71 and a 77, to create a V8 hotrod. Had a used hopped up 302 bolted to a Mercury zephyrs RUG overdrive toploader. All cobbled together with a worn out granada front and rear axle and suspension. she was scary fast. I sold her when 2 car seats wasn't going to work. Sad day :.( Now, I'm older, wiser, a little broken even. But I haven't slowed down a whole lot. Blew up my wagon and was searching craigslist when I found Cheryl. Looks almost exactly like my old red rocket, but 40 years younger. And factory V8 power. Cheryl is a red on black 72, factory 302 automatic 2 door daily driver. And I love her. She had 98k on the odometer when I bought her. One small patch of rust and a couple dings. Oh, and a bullet hole. I intend to build a grabber clone/what if the marketing department at ford hadn't been afraid of it killing the stang? Boss Grabber? I intend to amass ALOT of parts, so keep watch for a mav/Comet graveyard. Other than ditching the front drums, and the aluminum radiator, dual exhaust, and floor shifter she came with, she's stock. I plan to swap on a Holley 4 pot and a performer 289 intake. A set of full length hookers, and a mid range cam. I want to keep her streetable, but more than just look and sound fast. 0-60 in 12 and some change is pathetic, even for a little mav. And maybe I'm just used to the crappy handling of 70s fords. But with all new/tight steering and suspension parts and manual front disc spindles for a 77, this thing handles great. So I'm still undecided on any other suspension mods. That and I live out in dirt road country, I kinda like my ground clearence. But due to my love and familiarity of these models, I'm very likely to build more than one. Looking forward to sharing with y'all. I'll try to get some pics posted The Dread Pirate Steve.