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  1. Hi everyone, this is a new thread centered around a JoHan Maverick Grabber I bought off ebay some months ago in the U.K. The car was in it's original box, no warpage, and even original shrink wrap. I thought they didn't exist to be honest. I'm doing a Pro Stock / match racer that is a "what if" type build. The what if centers around the leaps in car development made from 1970 with the introduction of the Pro Stock class in NHRA to the mid-70's when Hemi Colts were just one of the wild rides of the day. From the research I've done, many if not most Pro Stock racers spent a lot of time match racing as well. It was very lucrative for them and the factories (at least at the beginning) were happy to jump in and assist. My car will be a bit different as it will be a "Pro Stock" car set up for match racing of the day.......or what "could" have been. Wayne Gapp (check out Gapponline.com for great reference material btw) was part of the Ford team that created & developed the Boss 429. Even though Ford bailed by 72' from direct factory support, it seems that Wayne maintained a "pipeline" of parts and good will with Ford. Without going on about historical this or that, Ford had developed an all aluminum, 494 C.I. Boss (big by the standards at that time) for Mario Andretti's Can Am effort. Records mention anywhere from 12 to 18 alum. blocks were cast. Hubert Platt had one as did Gapp & Roush. Interestingly enough, Wayne also developed a set of twin plug Boss heads that were never introduced because of Ford's sudden pull back of factory support. The Gapp link I noted above gives great insights to the car(s) they were racing & developing. My "what if" match racer is a Maverick with the lowered stance of the red "Shotgun Express" Gapp & Roush car which was unique at the time but with a Can Am 494 & his twin plug Boss 429 heads. Holley dominators with a Weiand/fabricated manifold should set the engine off. Sorry, way too many words but this should give you and idea. Pic's are a general theme and I have a bunch of after market items (resin, PE and 3D printed parts) on the way to compliment the machined / fabricated parts I'll be making. The JoHan chassis will be a big hurdle as it's worthless in my estimation. I have "Minor" brass leaf springs coming among other oddities to hopefully achieve what I have in mind. Norm from Replicas and Miniatures has already shipped his Boss 429 (he is GREAT to do business with btw) as a reference and I'm sure I'll utilize some of his engine parts for my build. I just have the firewall & chute to install on the Bantam and this new car will be front and center. Cheers to all, Tim I'll fab a new scoop but I wanted to see how straight the body was in primer.............first coat.......my kit was made in an ugly green plastic btw a Boss 494 aluminum Can Am motor..........mine won't have the stack intake of course. Dominator's and a fabbed manifold for my car. The twin plug Boss 429 heads that Wayne was developing for the engine. Remember the twin plug Chrysler hemi heads of the day............I love this kind of stuff as if you couldn't tell. Wayne's early Maverick the "Shotgun Express" which is a great reference for my build. My car would have raced in 1972 if and only if factory support hadn't stopped. I like to think that Ford could have more than held their own if this had come to fruition.
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