There are a lot of car guys who protect their vehicle from harm, no matter the cost. They are afraid of breaking parts, getting it dirty, or throwing rubber on the quarter panels. Josh Dillon is not one of those guys, and his brutally fast Ford Maverick is all the proof we need. It's bad fast, and it's built on a budget, but our favorite part of the equation is Josh's willingness to simply floor it and hope for the best.
Josh beats on this Maverick with absolutely no remorse. He says, "If it blows up, I'll rebuild it...again." The heart of his build is a big-block Ford with a single turbocharger, and the rest of it is a highly calculated combination of swap-meet parts to support the boost. Josh never set out with a particular budget in mind, but his eternal goal in life is to go fast without spending much money, so his Maverick is a shining example of this approach.
He's gone through a few combinations before getting to this point, one of which included an engine swap from an 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. He slapped a big turbo on the four-banger and went eight-flat in the eighth-mile, while getting 30 miles per gallon on his daily commute. With intentions of going much faster, he yanked the four-cylinder engine and started cutting on the engine bay until he had enough room to drop in a big-block Ford.
After a few years of working out the bugs, Josh is beating on the Maverick more than ever. It's holding together nicely, considering the budget-built nature and Josh's relentless right foot. On street tires, the turbo big-block offers enough torque to spin the tires at any speed, so he enjoys offering rides to anyone willing to sit in the passenger seat. Traction is a bit better on slicks, but the car is a handful, either way. Track time has been somewhat limited, due to the car's lack of safety equipment, but he's working on making it legal without killing the sleeper vibe.
The car has proven to be reliable on the street, and it survives Josh's commute to work on a regular basis, along with lots of abusive trips down the backroads of Athens, Tennessee. Josh spent less than $8,800 on this project, including the purchase price of the car, so he's having lots of fun without dipping into his children's college funds. The coolest part of the entire project is the fact that Josh built every piece of it at home. He only hired out the machine work on the block, which is pretty remarkable when you consider that this homebuilt street car can bust off a low-11-second quarter-mile pass at the drop of a hat.
Josh is not afraid of a challenge, and he's not afraid to beat the living daylights out of his very sneaky big-block Maverick. It's a budget-built sleeper that still sees plenty of street miles, and Josh rarely takes it easy when he slides behind the wheel. This abusive relationship shows no signs of ending, as Josh continues to tune on the combination and find more areas to improve. It's scary fast and downright dirty, but that's the way Josh likes it.