segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2015

ebay: Collector 1986 Bedford CF2 - UK


A minty CF2 with only 34,000 original miles? Yes! It's very rare to see such a clean and original CF2. You can check this blog's archives, in the past few years I have only seen a hand full of these available for sale. Even if the CF1 is more desirable for a collector, you can't pass up on such a pristine CF2. It seems the only customized aspect is the plywood lining in the back and that was done when new. The odd thing about this van is that it doesn't have a side loading door, which makes this van even more rare. I think it would have to have been specially ordered like that from the factory. Check it out:








"WELCOME TO THE LISTING OF MY LOVELY 1986 BEDFORD CF2 VAN , ITS THE BEST OPTION OF THE 2.0 UPRIGHT 4 CYLINDER PETROL, 5 SPEED MANUAL DOG LEG GEARBOX,
THE VAN HAS 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS AND HAS COVERED A GENUINE 34,146 MILES FROM NEW WITH OLD MOT'S ECT , THE VAN IS IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION THROUGHOUT,
IT HAS NEVER SEEN A WELDER AND HAS NO BODGING OR PLATES ANYWHERE 100% ORIGINAL UNDERNEATH, 12 MONTHS MOT AS OF TODAY THE DAY OF LISTING, NEEDED A NUMBER PLATE LIGHT BULB AND A NEW PAIR OF WIPER BLADES,
THE VAN WAS BOUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER AS HIS LAST WORK VAN UNTIL HE RETIRED 5 YEARS LATER, THE VAN WAS THEN DRY STORED FOR NEARLY 17 YEARS ,THE VAN WAS SOLD AND PUT BACK ON THE ROAD IN 2010 BY A CLASSIC CAR GARAGE LOCAL TO ME HERE IN DEVON AND USED TO TOW A HISTORIC RALLY CAR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, EXTREMELY RELIABLE AND GOOD ON FUEL EVEN WHILE TOWING , WILL PUT A MODERN TRANSIT TO SHAME. INTERIOR IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND NEVER EVEN HAD A RADIO FITTED, REAR IS PLY LINED FROM NEW IN VERY THICK PLY, ALL TYRE'S ARE NEARLY NEW MICHELIN CARGO,
ANY VIEWING WELCOME , COLLECTION FROM BARNSTAPLE NORTH DEVON , DELIVERY CAN BE ARRANGED ANYWHERE IN MAINLAND UK PLEASE ASK FOR A ROUGH QUOTE,
I WILL HELP WITH SHIPPING OVERSEAS AS MUCH AS I CAN ,
THIS VEHICLE REALLY SHOULD BE VIEWED AND DRIVEN TO APPRECIATE ITS CONDITION."

Buy it now: £5,995.00

Item location: Devon South West England, United Kingdom

Ebay item number: 221665359231

quarta-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2014

ebay: "Starsky & Hutch" Bedford CF


To end 2014, here is a first on this blog: a 1972 Bedford CF with a Starsky & Hutch theme. Well, the seller of this van doesn't mention the 1970's tv series but looking at these photos the similarities with the famous Ford Gran Torino are obvious... The red and white-stripe defined the real star of that show, the car was actually nicknamed  "The Striped Tomato." (Although the stripe is not exactly the same shape on this van, it's almost a mix between Starsky and the A-Team...) It's even got the same style jelly-bean mags! The front end was also customized with what looks like a Ford XC Falcon grill. Maybe a grill more similar to the Gran Torino with quad head-lights would be nice. I also see the mirrors are missing and some original Gran Torino chrome mirrors would be perfect.
Something that's also missing is a big Ford V8 engine. It's still got the original Holden engine.
I can imagine that someone with a Gran Torino Starsky & Hutch replica would love to have this van also.






"Very cool 1972 bedford CF Van with Holden 6 cylinder and trimatic gearbox. This car is in good mechanical condition and drives well.  Recently had a new radiator and thermo fan fitted. Currently has 3 months NSW rego.  Interior was professionally restored a number of years ago, however, it is still in very good condition. This car would be perfect with a nice V8 engine, however, I do not have the time or money to complete as I have spent thousands... so it's time to sell. Vehicle will be in Canberra for the Summernats."

Buy it now price: AU $14,000.00
Item location: Bywong, New South Wales, Australia
Ebay item number: 131389536359

1976 Ford Gran Torino, from the original Starsky & Hutch tv series

segunda-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2014

"Investigator" Bedford CF - Electric Vehicle Project - Flinders University

Bedford in conjunction with the Lucas EV Group had been testing electric motors in CA/CF vans for a number of years and when the 1973 oil crisis hit they were way ahead of the game and prepared to release trial Electric CF vans the following year. The development of the CF-E's continued up until 1985.
During this period, half way around the world, a group of investigators were separately also developing EV technology at Flinders University. One of the commercial vehicles they chose to use was the Bedford CF.
Below are some photos and information I found about this project called "Investigator".


"The workshop area with the two commercial vehicles used in the later project
Bedford Van on the left and the smaller Fiat 127 on the right....."

1970's Electric Vehicle Project at Flinders University - The background......

"In the 1970's and early 1980's, a number of alternative energy studies took place within Physical Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. One of these projects, largely undertaken by a group of electronic and mechanical  technicians, was the Flinders University Electric Vehicle Project. The project was headed up by a very enthusiastic Darryl Whitford and the project cars proudly carried the name "Investigator" named after one of James Cook's ships. Other key members of the group were Kevyn Rush, Viv Rush, Robin Jongebloed, Peter Harris and Kate Mackenzie. At that time I was employed as an electronics technician in the main workshop in Physical Sciences and very such enjoyed any involvement with the project and the lengthy technical discussions that took place in the tearoom."


"Robin Jongebloed and Darryl Whitford with the power unit from the Bedford Van
The "Printed Circuit" motors were modular in design and based on 5kW building blocks. The above assembly shows 6 of these modules series together to form the 30kW unit that was used to power the Bedford deliver van project."
"Kevyn Rush assembling some of the modular power units"
"A number of home grown test beds were used in the development and testing
of the motors and associated control circuitry"

5kW Printed Circuit Motors:


"These made the project unique, the adaption of high powered "Printed Circuit" motor technology"

"The armature - very simple design...."

"One of the design drawing of the modular construction"
  
The Bedford Delivery Van:


"The van under going road testing around the Ring Road at Flinders University"

"Side view of the power unit, 6 off 5kW modular units in series providing 30kW in total"

"The other side with cooling manifold assembly"

"Part of the control circuitry was located under the seat unit"

"The under seat control assembly"

"Hinged design for ease of servicing....."

EVE-80 Electric Vehicle Exposition 1980:


"South Australian Premier of the day.... David Tonkin addressing EVE-80 at Flinders University 1980"

"EVE-80 at Flinders University 1980"

"Checking out the van - These when on to be used by the Public Building Department for a number of years...."

"This project ended in early 1980 for a number of reasons. Ongoing funding was withdrawn however some local commercial interest was secured for limited vehicle production.
A project ahead of its time? I think so......
Acknowledgement must be given to Darryl Whitford and his team for the outstanding design work and extremely high quality work put into this project."
 






Source: www.mightyboyev.com