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It's a Maxi adventure (update - brakes broke :( )


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#61 OFFLINE   Asimo

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:43 PM

Great stuff - but is it gas or rubber sprung? I got to know!



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 08:10 PM

Great stuff - but is it gas or rubber sprung? I got to know!

Still not sure to be honest - depends exactly when it was built, which we don't know (Gaydon don't have the records for Maxis so no Heritage certificate :( ). Need to get it on a ramp and have a proper look but we think it's gas.


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 10:53 PM

Need to get it on a ramp and have a proper look


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:46 PM

I had a Maxi adventure this year, my mate Martin C gave me a lift to Wroxham in his Limeflower beast, was a smooth cruise there, but old Maxine got a little hot and bothered in traffic, but no FTP was had. 

 

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#65 OFFLINE   quicksilver

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:46 PM

About time I updated this but there really hasn't been much to report. The Maxi is great at just being an car and doing everyday car things like shopping, going to work and visiting friends and relatives. It's been just over 6 months and it's already done over 1000 miles as my dad just loves driving it - of the three cars we have the Maxi is the one that gets most use! It's definitely getting better with use and we've spent a lot of time just tinkering and improving it a bit at a time. Wherever we go there's always someone who wants to talk about it from the moment we arrive so a Maxi is not a car for people who want to keep a low profile.

 

Sadly it's now broken - he rebuilt the brakes a week ago but when we went to use it today it felt like it was trying to pull away with the handbrake on so that's something to look at tomorrow.

 

Here it is in a prime spot at Bicester Heritage a few weeks ago

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1978 Austin Maxi 1750 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

And when we went to see the similar car that Bunglebus posted in the spotted thread

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Maxi twins by Adam Floyd, on Flickr


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Rusty Old Rubbish - a shite blog about shite and stuff


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:59 PM

Oh and to answer the suspension question, it's Hydrolastic. Although registered in March 78 the chassis number indicates it was actually made in 1977. Hopefully that means tax exemption next year.


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:20 AM

Good to know it's been going OK. Better for the brakes to fail in the way you describe than when driving along....


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:36 AM

Maybe one of the brake liners has come off one of the shoes? That could jam the rear brakes on. If the shoes were replaced recently they could have been new/old stock and the adhesive between liner and shoe has given up

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:24 PM

Oh and to answer the suspension question, it's Hydrolastic. Although registered in March 78 the chassis number indicates it was actually made in 1977. That means no dreaded nitrogen leaking forever.


FTFY ;)

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:24 PM

Well, the brake issue was weird. First thought as Parky suggested was that the lining had separated from the shoe but all the shoes were still intact. There was what looked like a load of rubber on the inside of the drum and it appears that a strip of the friction material has worn off the centre of the lining a bit unevenly so it could be that they're dodgy linings. It's all cleaned up and put back together and fingers crossed seems to be ok so far. If the worst comes to the worst, the old shoes are still ok and can go back in for now.

 

And yes, no pesky gas to worry about and we know someone nearby who now has a Hydrolastic robot should it ever need a good pumping :)


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:21 PM

That's Maxine, she's a beast


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:31 PM

My grandad had one of them Maxis.. a blue one. It was fab compared to all of his previous shite - and by shite i really do mean proper shite - the type he'd be banned from this forum for lol.

 

The Maxi was the newest and best condition car he ever had. Well my nan did buy him a renner savanna for £150 once.. but that didn't last as long as the maxi. Oddly despite being the best of the bunch he hated it because it had no power steering (like all his cars) but was front wheel drive adding that extra weight. For a bloke who was a bus driver of the proper old english busses you wouldn't think it would really matter to him much but there we go..


I kinda like cars... just as long as its my favourite one and no other  8)


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:12 PM

Surely these have manual brake adjusters? And the wheel cylinders operate on the sliding backplate principle? In which case, a dollop of Girling green brake grease will work wonders.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:23 PM

Nice Maxi, colour wise, difficult to tell from a foto over t'interweb, but Flamenco was a 77'78 BL & Triumph Colour, a medium red.  Carmine was a very dark red, polura on Triumph's but IIRC other BL Models (Maxi & Allegro & Princess) also used the colour.






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