As with a lot of the chod on here, as I am so old, I've had a couple of these.
Mind, do be aware that that's the only pulling you'll be doing in a Maxi.
This was not my experience - although I was a lot younger and fitter.
I had an H reg brown one - with the dash that looked like (but I think slightly predated) the MK3 Cortina, ten foot long gearstick and obstructive cable gearchange.
Mine was a 1500 - smooth, quick and economical compared with the MK1 Escort Van it replaced, and hardly less capacious. I fitted a rev counter which confirmed that even with the 5th gear it was quite low geared, but it would cruise at 70 all day on the motorway unless it was raining - I later established that the massive loss of power when trying to pass Artics on the Motorway in rainy conditions was due to the ingress of spray from their wheels shorting the HT leads/dizzy - as per old Minis. I also found there's (or should be) a plastic shield on the front of the engine to prevent this. A visit to the scrappers to get one cured the issue.
I only had two ftps - one in Hull where I was at university - the fuel pipe that runs over the top of the engine perished and pissed petrol everywhere - luckily no fire and the AA man mended it no probs.
The other one was after I bought a second car (1973 - Black but originally some other colour) as the engine in the brown one had shat itself due to an embarrassing piece of "maintenance" I did.
I borrowed an engine crane from a mate and got another mate to help me swap the motors over. Easy enough job although my Ma had a sense of humour failure about the massive oil slick on the drive.
The second ftp was entirely my fault - I changed a buggered driveshaft and dropped the car back off the jack forgetting to tighten the wheelnuts fully - boshed the hubcaps back on and went out - inevitably the wheel fell off.
Managed to jack it up and refit the wheel having retrieved it from a surprising distance away, but it had ripped the front wing to bits, so the trip home was the last it made under its own steam and my Ma insisted on getting my wrecks removed by the scrapman some weeks later.
Memories of many happy times though!
When you think about it - contemporary Fords were cart sprung (Escort) rear drive (fun to drive but space-sapping and with live axles, gave a choppier ride), 4 speed (Escort, Cortina), no hatchback option (only a full estate) and hardly more reliable or less rusty. The Maxi was actually pretty good for its time.
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