terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

History: 1969 Bedford CF Press Release

Here is the official Press Release and photos of the Bedford CF Van Range launched on October 31st 1969:




Source: Vauxpedia

sábado, 18 de julho de 2015

History: Bedford CF design concepts [1966-1967]

Previously we learned that Bedford was working on a replacement for the CA since as early as 1956 with a CB prototype. In September 1965 a code name Bedford CD was already in the mock-up stage when Ford proceeded to release the Transit MK1 the following month. All of a sudden everything came to a stop to re-think the new van. 

In February of 1966 design work began on an all new CF, taking into consideration the new standards that the Transit set in the market. By August a target date of 1969 was set for the launch of the CF.
For the next 4 years, Bedford
would fall behind Ford with declining sales of the old CA, so the success of the new CF was critical for Bedford and also General Motors.
At that time it was also planned that the new CF would enter the US market to occupy the mid-sized van segment left open by the not so successful Chevrolet Greenbrier ("CorVan") that was discontinued  in 1965. The new CF chassis would also be used for a new Opel Blitz van to be launched in Germany in 1970.

Below are several design proposal drawings from 1966, including a Bedford TK replacement, a Opel Blitz replacement, Chevrolet Van and several variations of the Bedford CF, even a front wheel drive version!

BEDFORD CF INTEGRATED PICK-UP DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71656 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF MINI-BUS DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71657 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF PANEL VAN DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71659 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF PANEL VAN DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71658 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF & CHEVROLET VAN DESIGN DRAWING PROPOSALS. 11.08.66 D-71660 © GM ARCHIVE
A normal control Bedford CA Replacement Design Proposal Full Size Rendering. 11.08.66 D-71661 © GM ARCHIVE
  BEDFORD CF HI-ROOF PANEL VAN DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71662 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF CREW CHASSIS CAB PICK-UP DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71663 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF SWB MINI-BUS DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71664 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CF CHASSIS CAB PICK-UP DESIGN DRAWING. 11.08.66 D-71665 © GM ARCHIVE
  BEDFORD CF & OPEL VAN DESIGN PROPOSALS DRAWINGS. 11.08.66 D-71666 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CA REPLACEMENT DESIGN CONCEPT PROPOSALS - FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
11.08.66 D-71667 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD CA REPLACEMENT DESIGN PROPOSAL FULL SIZE  RENDERING, LOOK CAREFULLY - ON THE TOP OF THE ROOF IS THE WORD FORD AND OUTLINED IN BACKGROUND IS THE TRANSIT.
11.08.66 D-71668 © GM ARCHIVE
BEDFORD TJ REPLACEMENT DESIGN PROPOSAL FULL SIZE  RENDERING. 11.08.66 D-71669 © GM ARCHIVE
OPEL BLITZ DESIGN PROPOSAL FULL SIZE  RENDERING - 11.08.66 D-71978 © GM ARCHIVE



"By the end of 1966 and early in 1967 Chevrolet were dropped from the programme and a separate Opel model had been rejected by the GM Board, instead Opel would continue to limp on with the Blitz B until the 1973 model year when it was planned to be replaced with an Opel badged version of the Bedford Van.
The final design was a semi forward control van that was longer, even in SWB form, and considerably wider than the CA and crucially its critical load dimensions were better than the Transit. Both Leo Pruneau and Wayne Cherry worked on the design under the guidance of David Jones and it showed, when the CF was launched it had something that neither the Transit nor any of its major competitors had – style and bags of it too. There were some corporate GM design cues included but they were all positive for once.

Mechanically the new van used very few carry over components from the CA, the 3 & 4 speed gearbox was the main one. The engine choice went from 2 to 4 and included the new 1599cc & 1975cc slant 4 OHC engine that was just about to be launched in the Vauxhall FD Victor along with a choice of 2 Perkins diesel units, the smaller version was previously offered in the CA. However, this diesel option could have been very different because the development of the slant 4 OHC unit also included diesel versions. The fully independent front suspension was also new and was a beefed up adaption to that would be used in the Victor FD.
Two wheel base lengths were designed – 106" & 126" – compared to 90" & 102" for the CA, also the weight range was planned to be widened to run from 14cwt to 35cwt, the largest 35cwt would use a modified TK back axle with twin rear wheels for the first time on a Bedford light van.
There has been much discussion surrounding why the van was named CF and not CE (there had been CB & CD projects), well the answer is because of the amount of components from the (F)D Victor it was decided to jump straight to C(F)."


THE FIRST FULL SIZE BEDFORD CF CLAY MOCK UP IN THE DESIGN STUDIO AT LUTON 02.67




Again, thanks to the Vauxhall Vauxpedia site for finding and posting this historical information.

sexta-feira, 17 de julho de 2015

History: 1965 Bedford CD Concept Van

"BEDFORD CD FORWARD CONTROL VAN SCALE MODEL 13.09.65 D-65589 © GM ARCHIVE"

The Vauxhall Vauxpedia site has dug up some interesting new historical details and archive photos from GM concerning the history of the Bedford CF.

The 1952 Bedford CA was the best-selling light van in the UK up until 1965 when Ford launched the Transit MK1. The Transit instantly became leader in the market while the CA sales plunged. Bedford took 4 years to finally respond with the launch the CF and recall the title.
Bedford had been working on a replacement for the CA since 1957. In a previous magazine article from 2004, we learned about the prototype Bedford "CB".


Now we learn about the Bedford CD, which was the replacement van that was being designed in 1965 right when Ford launched the Transit. Here is the story and archive photos:

"In 1965 Bedford had two distinct van ranges, the relatively small light weight semi forward control CA and the heavy weight normal control TJ introduced in 1958, but was basically an updated version of the post war TD range, was by this time a slow seller in the UK but popular in export territories such as Africa, it was however quite successful for ambulance conversions in the UK. The new replacement van would need to cover both the CA & TJ van ranges, but it didn’t stop there – in Europe Opel had launched the Opel Blitz B in 1965 and proved underwhelming sales wise, Opel had been the number one seller of commercial vans in Germany in the early 1960s but had been on a downward spiral ever since and so the planned Bedford replacement would also encompass a Blitz replacement as well. As if this wasn’t enough in the US Chevrolet had launched the unusual rear engine “CorVan” in 1961 based around the Chevrolet Corvair car mechanicals (not a wise choice) and then in 1965 launched the much larger G Series Van and phased out the CorVan in 1966 which left a gap for a smaller van to sit below the G Series so in the very early design stages Chevrolet were included in the plan.
Even before the launch of the Transit, Vauxhall had started preliminary work on a fully forward control van coded CD in August 1965, however this never got beyond the scale model mock-up stage, completed on 13 September 1965, before a complete re-think of the parameters for a CA replacement were put forward following the Ford Transit hit the market in October 1965."
"13.09.65 D-65591 © GM ARCHIVE"
"13.09.65 D-65590 © GM ARCHIVE"
"13.09.65 D-65591 © GM ARCHIVE"
"13.09.65 D-65591 © GM ARCHIVE"

quinta-feira, 16 de julho de 2015

For sale: 1973 Bedford CF Custom "Tiger" - Ireland


I remember posting this van a few years ago. It doesn't seem to be in better shape than it was back then. Rust is really attacking the body and those Tiger murals probably can't be saved in a full body/paint restoration.






Description:
"Unfinished project Ford pinto engine (rebuilt) Automatic box Disc brakes New bearings and brakes all round Servo master cylinder replaced Rewired 15 x265 chrome wheels Wide wheel arch's and side skirts Tiger murals Inside pimped out in green velvet Bucket seats Sports steering wheel
Its mainly bodywork that needs work
It has huge potential if a bit of time was spent Finishing ; very little money to be spent just time
# May p\ex for chopper project"
 
€2,000
Laois / Abbeyleix

Link: https://cars.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/bedford-cf-custom/9867911