The Ford Maverick 4x4 SWB (Short Wheel Base) is another first for Modified.
This one being a 1989 model and is in very good condition not to mention setup up well for play and touring considering the size of the vehicle.
I saw this nice rig at the Lancelin Muster and managed to get hold of the owner Nido.
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Nido has made the most of the tight space in the rear and tells us the importance of having draws and a roof rack. It’s a well-balanced setup running big tyres for the rough stuff even with all the weight on the roof.
The Ford Maverick is basically a Nissan GQ Patrol rebadged by Ford, it’s the same vehicle the same engine all replacement parts are all Nissan factory stock.
Vehicles specs (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Ford Maverick SWB 1989
Engine: TD42 Turbo Diesel
Drive train: Manual Transmission with manual locking hub
Suspension: Coil all round with live axles
-TD42 Turbo Diesel
-4 inch custom stainless snorkel into 4 inch air box
-Dual batter system
-9 inch LED spotlights
-LED reverse/work lights
-50 inch single row light bar
Comms & GPS:
-GME 4500 80 Channel UHF
-GME 6.6db aerial
Suspension and tyres:
-2 inch Dobinson’s HD springs
-Fox remote reservoir shocks
-All heavy duty arms underneath
-35x12.5R15 Mickey Thompson MTZ on 15 inch black alloy wheels
Bar work and exterior mods:
.ARB Deluxe Winch bar
-Scrub bars into Xrox sliders
-Custom rear bar with swing away spare wheel carrier
-Steel flat roof rack
Back of the wagon/ute:
-Outback Accessories drawers
-40L Engle fridge
-Fold down barn door table
-Front and rear recovery points
Nido’s top 3 trips in the Ford Maverick SWB:
Unstoppable moment in the Ford Maverick 4x4:
-Climbing Harvey Dam hills in winter
Most scary situation in the Ford Maverick SWB:
-Powerlines track, almost slid in a big ditch that would have rolled shorty onto its side
Nido's modification tips:
-give things a crack don’t pay someone else do it all
Things to lookout for with this model Ford 4x4:
-Rust (roof, under battery tray, floor pans)
Top 3 tips with the Ford Maverick SWB:
1. -Bigger tyres
3. -bar work protection