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Unread 06-30-2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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1973 Ford Maverick V6 to V8 Swap ???

A buddy of mine wants to know what it takes to be able to swap out his V6 for a V8 in his 1973 Ford Maverick. I know nothing about these cars so I am no help. Any help or advice would be great!!!

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Unread 06-30-2008, 11:49 AM   #2
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Short answer, Maverick V8 motor mounts, Maverick V8 radiator, transmission. Suggestion to add V8 brakes and rearend. It's a simple swap and many Granada parts will work. Finding the parts will be the hardest part but they are out there.

Try this forum. They will help you.

http://mmb.maverick.to/index.php?

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Unread 06-30-2008, 12:00 PM   #3
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The easy way would be to find a maverick grabber donor car, but the hard part would be to find the grabber.
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Unread 06-30-2008, 12:19 PM   #4
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73 ford V6? is it a 2.8?
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The easy way would be to find a maverick grabber donor car, but the hard part would be to find the grabber.
Are V8 Mavericks that scarce?
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As far as i know, yes. I have seen one and its still there but has been stripped of all the v8 gear. I had it bought at one point but the guy backed out and gave me my money back. Then he stripped all of it out and put it in another car.
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Unread 06-30-2008, 02:29 PM   #8
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No shit?

Funny thing, right before I saw this post I had talked to my oldest freind, haven't seen him in 25+ years. I asked if he still had that maverick in the barn that we painted psychedelic with latex house paint, he said yes, never did get around to finding a distributer cap for it and its still sitting where we left it.

I'm heading up there maybe this weekend, how much is it worth?
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How much is there? Is it complete, running minus the distributor, has the house paint fallen off or will it have to be stripped, is it manual or auto, hows the interior? I might be interested in one, if the price is set reasonable.
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The problem is that most of the donor cars are long gone to the crusher. Most of the parts will interchange with the first gen. mustangs, so the mustang guys scarf them up pretty quick. You might get lucky and find one in a wrecking yard, but even the granada parts are hard to find now.
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Most all the stuff that will interhange with mustangs, falcons, mavericks, and grenadas has been scarfed up. You get lucky every once in a while and find one of the above listed that has been wrecked and put out to pasture to rot, and occasionally find one that was just hauled into a scrap yard or salvage yard. For the most part they are gone or just well hidden from veiw.
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How much is there? Is it complete, running minus the distributor, has the house paint fallen off or will it have to be stripped, is it manual or auto, hows the interior? I might be interested in one, if the price is set reasonable.
I haven't seen it in over 25 years, but I would guess that the body surface is pretty much rust-free The rest should be fairly well preserved, it has been in a barn. Minus any rats eating on it's insides and stuff.

Just from memory, the seats were not in great shape, the front quarter was dented, the old paint was ugly but intact, and all the glass was okay. It wasn't exactly an old car, it was a couple years old when we broke the distributer cap and that was 30 years ago. We painted it in 1979, and I saw it again around 1982, but didn't think anything about it then.

If it is worth something Kenny may want to sell it. He probably wouldn't want premium bucks for it, just a fair price. I'll ask him this weekend when I go out there.
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Cool, well take a camera and get a few if he wants to sale it. I fi decide against buying it someone else may want it. There was an ad in a hotrod magazine several years ago on what cars made the best drag cars as far as weight and aerodynamics and guess which one was at the top of the list, supprise it wasnt a mustang, or a vega. It was the old maverick body that topped the charts.
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You are making me want it now, LOL!

I should get some pics. It was totally ugly after we got done. It would make a great before and after study.
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yeah it would. it would have to be dirt cheap for me to buy it. Otherwise i would have a hard time explaining why i have yet another project lined up and mot one other finished yet.
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You're in mt pleasant? This is between Commerce and Wolfe City, not so far. I think we called it Fairlie but just because that was where the old Fairlie cemetary was.

Man, more and more reasons to go back. Funny how you lose touch with freinds and then you realize they have grandkids now.
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yeah this is home, ill never leave if i can help it. I work out of town alot and i cant wait to get back.
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i have a CLEAN 74, not a v8 car but will be one day the body lines are good, no rust, interior is sharp and the body is straight. still the original copper color.
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73 ford V6? is it a 2.8?

They put 2.3s in them for years in Brazil....very common


No Maverick/Comet ever came from the factory with a German 2.8 V6 cologne engine




He he he....i know where one is...factory V8 car too
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Well last time i checked BRAZIL wasnt right next door, and where did you get germany from. Why dont you tell the rest of us where this alleged car is located before it rusts to the ground. hehehehehe
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Unread 06-30-2008, 11:02 PM   #21
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All mavericks in 73 had either a 200 I6, 250 I6, or the 302 V8. If you are lucky to have the 250 I6, You get the 5 lug hubs + the good 8" rear end. Also with the 250, the trans, converter, & bellhousing will work with the V8. You will need to get a V8 flexplate(for balancing reasons), frame/engine mounts, & throtle cable. Also possibly the radiator unless you use a 289 water pump. I did a few of these swaps back in the 80's on a couple of mavericks.
If you have the 200 I6, you will need to upgrade suspension, possibly brakes, trans, radiator, & everything else listed above.
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