terça-feira, 28 de junho de 2011

For Sale: 1979 Custom CF in NZ

Here's another cool custom CF for sale in New Zealand.
The exterior really looks amazing with the fiberglass front bumper and wheel arches that hug the jelly bean style mags rapped in Hankook white letter tires. The mirrors were replaced with chrome truck style vertical mirrors. It also has truck lights mounted on the roof.
At the back you find a tubular bumper with a tow bar. The rear doors have been replaced with a 1-piece windowless vertical wing door. I don't know what the ladder is for since there's no roof rack.
The blue paint is really nice and the white ghost flames look alright on the fenders but those white designs on the rear door just don't fit the part.

The engine is a 6 cylinder 202 and it has the 5 speed gear box. The gear lever is in an extremely stretched back position and looks very awkward to change gears... The steering wheel was changed to a smaller sportier model but no mention of having power steering added.
The interior has a LCD TV, a bed, speakers, the seats were changed but it needs a complete makeover. It's not what you would expect after looking at the van from the outside. If you can make the interior look as good as the exterior then you got yourself a really cool van. 

Kilometres: 250,300km
Fuel type: Petrol
Engine: 6 cylinder, 202cc, Manual
Registration expires: No Registrati­on
WOF expires: No WOF

Buy Now: $4,500
Located in Blenheim, Marlborough

Link: http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/other/auction-385306862.htm

sexta-feira, 24 de junho de 2011

For Sale: 1976 Custom CF in NZ

If you live in New Zealand and are looking for a custom CF then this one is for you.
It has been completely customized but still needs some minor work to be certified.
The engine is a Ford 6 cilinder 4.1L  from a Falcon XF with the auto box and column shift. The dash board is also from a Falcon. The diff is a 2.75 Ford 9" and has front and rear disk brakes on 15x7 wheels.
The body has been worked on all around and the fender flares and front bumper have been molded on very nicely. The rear doors were sealed up and a single window was placed in the middle. I don't like that window shape very much.

Start price: $5,000.00
Location: Kapiti, Wellington, New Zealand

Link: http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/other/auction-384371869.htm

sexta-feira, 17 de junho de 2011


I have followed the build of this CF on the Retro Rides Forum and it is for sure the coolest modern custom CF out there right now. All the way from the 4.6 Rover V8 engine to the body work and paint to the sound system, this van is done right.
There's so much to talk about on this van that it's just best that you go ahead and read the thread and look at the photos. This is van is head turner and is waiting to win some awards at car shows.

The price is quite high for a CF but if you consider all the work that has gone into it, this is certainly worth it.
The seller says that he will not put it up for sale again so it's a one time chance to own this van. If you have the money don't think twice!

You can also see photos on the Retro Power site: www.retropower.co.uk/projects_v8_cf_van

Starting bid: £9,995.00
Item location: Wednesbury, United Kingdom
Item number: 280692744733

quinta-feira, 9 de junho de 2011

The end of the CF - Bedford Midi

I did some online research about the end of the Bedford CF and this is what I have come up with so far.
If you have any further information please comment below.

When you think about the end of the Bedford CF model you naturally look at it's successor, the Midi.
But in this case you can't really blame the Bedford Midi for ending the CF legacy. In fact, the Midi wasn't intended to replace the CF, it was a stop-gap van and actually both the Midi and the CF2 were built and sold side by side in 1986/87. Unfortunately the CF replacement never came and that was effectively the end of British Bedford design.

Where did the Midi come from?
In 1985 Bedford was in trouble, sales were dropping as a result of cheaper and technologically advanced overseas competition, so someone at GM had the idea to follow the old proverb 'if you can't beat them, join them'.
A joint venture was formed with Isuzu in 1986. The new company, IBC Vehicles (Isuzu Bedford Company Ltd) started manufacturing re-badged vehicles in the Luton factory. The only vehicles that would carry the Bedford badge would be the Midi (a re-badged Isuzu Seta) and a smaller economical van, the Rascal (a re-badged Suzuki Supercarry). In 1990 the Bedford brand was retired completely and both these vans were re-badged again, this time with the Vauxhall brand. They would last just 4 more years and in 1998, GM bought Isuzu out of the IBC partnership.

While IBC was focusing on the vans, in 1987 the Bedford truck section was sold to AWD Ltd, a company owned by David John Bowes Brown. The AWD name was used as GM would only allow the use of the Bedford name for military trucks. The Bedford Vehicles brand was eventually sold to AWD in 1990 and that's when the Midi and Rascal vans were re-badged as Vauxhall. AWD went into receivership in 1992 and was bought by dealer network Marshall of Cambridge.

Freight Rover talks.
In 1985 before the joint venture with Isuzu, there were talks with Freight Rover about producing the Sherpa 300 series van under license which came to nothing by late 1986.

In conclusion, instead of focusing attention to the development and evolution of the CF, GM decided to take the easy and economical route of re-badging another van. History can confirm that it was the wrong decision as it only led to the end of Bedford while it's long time rival the Ford Transit continued to strive and is now celebrating it's 45th anniversary.

quarta-feira, 8 de junho de 2011

For Sale: 'Wicked' custom CF2

Another custom CF up for sale on ebay UK. This one is new on the scene, 'Wicked' has been modified over the last 4 years and seems to be in good shape. Of course customizing is always something personal and you ether like it or not but this one should be to the liking of most traditional 70's Bedford fans.
The inside is pretty crazy with 2 separate areas in the back. Check out the photos.
On the outside the paint job is a not to fancy silver thunder bolts on black paint. Other extras are port holes, sunroof and chrome rims with white letter tires. The side pipes sadly, are not included in this sale.
This CF is a 1985 model and has the stock Opel 2.0 engine and 5 speed transmission.

Item location: Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Item number: 260795689474

segunda-feira, 6 de junho de 2011

Gasóleo continua a subir

Depois de ter reparado o problema da boia de combustível e atestado o depósito de 52 litros tinha de proteger o gasóleo contra os ladrões. Consegui encontrar este tampão com chave. O preço já chegou a €1.38 o litro e se continuar a subir desta forma qualquer dia vamos estar a viver num filme do Mad Max...

After repairing  the fuel sender problem and filling up the 52 liter tank I had to protect the diesel from thieves. I was able to find this aftermarket locking cap. Fuel has reached €1.38 per liter and if it keeps rising like this we will soon be living in a Mad Max movie...

quarta-feira, 1 de junho de 2011

History: The Bedford CB


People have often wondered why the successor to the long-running and popular Bedford CA was called CF. We still don't have the answer, but BARRY HARVEY, who worked in the Vauxhall experimental department, recalls some short-lived work on a CB project.

Before the Ford Transit conquered the market there was the Bedford CA. Bedford's long-running 15cwt van in production from 1952 to 1969 and for most of that time was Britain's most popular small commercial.
The CA's replacement was called the CF, so what happened to the CB, the CC, CD and CE?

Little has been written or said about this question, leading to the general conclusion that the CA was so good that various proposed replacements were considered to be no improvement until Bedford got to the letter F.
Whatever the truth of that, we now know that Bedford certainly produced a possible successor to the CA, as the photographs on these pages show.

Whether the public would have liked it is open to question. The styling of the CA was certainly American in origin but the overall lines were not extreme. In fact in 1952 they probably seemed attractively advanced, as indeed was the case.

The CA had independent front suspension, an up to date engine, from a Vauxhall Wyvern car, and an all-steel body mounted on a separate chassis.

The competition from Ford and Morris were quite old-fashioned designs in comparison and Austin's nearest competitor, the K8, more modern than the Ford or Morris, was designed for bigger loads.

Judging by these pictures, the CB was a much more radical American design than the CA. The high front panel and shallow windscreen, the low mounted grille, the dog-leg windscreen pillars and the sloping tail going in several directions at once, might have been too much for the more restrained British van buyer.

Even the name on this prototype is formed in a typical American magazine-style typescript that would have seemed quite foreign to British eyes.

As Bedford and its parent company, Vauxhall, were owned by the American company General Motors, it is hardly surprising that there should be a Transatlantic influence on what might be produced in Luton and Dunstable. The Vauxhall cars of the Fifties were unashamedly American in their styling.

Was this potencial replacement for the good old CA a scaled-down version of a Chevrolet or General Motors van produced in the USA?

When the CF appeared in 1969, its style too was inspired by General Motors' American products, but, like the CA, it was sufficiently restrained not to look out of place in Britain.

Whatever the origins of the intended CB, it was a short-lived project and the senior engineers of the time are no longer with us.

One man who was there, as a young trainee, is Barry Harvey, now retired but secretary to the Vauxhall Owners Club 1903-1957. He writes: 'I did a five-year apprenticeship at Vauxhall, starting in 1954. The first two years were spent in the Apprentice School learing machining, welding, sheet metal work, drawing, etc, with day release for college.

'After two years we were placed in various departments in the factory to continue training. I was lucky to be sent to the Experimental Division of the Engineering Department where I worked in various jobs for the whole of my 40 years' service.

'In 1956 or 57 (I think), during my spell in the Running Shop, where all lash-up, test and prototype cars, vans and trucks were built, I worked on the build of the CB van, the intended successor to the CA, which had been launched in 1952.

'After we had built about five vans, left drive and right drive, the project was suddenly shelved. Rumour at the time was that the van resembled too closely the newish Ford Thames 400E and Vauxhall would not risk being accused of copying the design.

'But the new Bedford was not too similar. Maybe it was the Ford Taunus van from Germany that Vauxhall was concerned about.

'The CB vans were parked up for some time, then brought into the workshops one at a time and scrapped. That was a shame, but the CA soldiered on successfully for many years after that.'

After all his years in the front line of Vauxhall-Bedford development it is hardly surprising that Berry has recently bought a rare surviving CA panel van which he is restoring …

• Our thanks to Dennis Sherer of Vauxhall Motors Ltd, for suppluing these archive pictures.

[Published in Classic Van and Pick-up February 2004]