Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Ford Maverick Fuel Coupe

Another drag car on display in the Galpin Ford display part of the “Ford Out Front” compound at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas was this re-creation of Larry Fullerton’s 1970 NHRA Ford Maverick-bodied fuel coupe also known as a “funny car.”
Sponsored by Galpin Ford and MacMillan Ring-Free motor oils, the car was powered by supercharged Ford single overhead camshaft (SOHC) FE Ford engine connected to a Lenco two-speed transmission and rode on magnesium wheels with Dow Chemical Treatment No.7 sodium dichromate coating which gave the wheels their golden hue.

Interesting features of the car were that Fullerton used real Maverick taillights, rear chrome bumper and radio antennae, and the fiberglass body built by Fiberglass Trends of Orange California followed many of the stock body’s dimensions.
The original Galpin Maverick was not particularly successful on the drag strip as the Ford SOHC engine, originally planned for use in NASCAR stock car racing, when run on a nitromethane fuel blend in drag racing applications, suffered from engine block durability and timing problems with the chain driven camshafts.

Fullerton replaced the “Original Maverick” with the black and purple “Trojan Horse” 1971 Mustang powered by a Ed Pink Hemi engine, which set a new national record of 6.42 seconds over the quarter mile with a top speed of 228.42 miles per hour in the first round of the 1972 NHRA Summernationals, and later won the 1972 NHRA championship by winning the World Finals in Amarillo, Texas.
Photos of the “Original Maverick” recreation part of the Galpin Auto Sports Museum collection were taken by the author.  

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