terça-feira, 9 de agosto de 2011

ebay: 1976 Bedford CF Custom Van

This former show winning custom van has appeared on ebay and it's starting bid is very low. It deserves to be restored/repaired as it seems to be pretty good shape.
Here is the seller's description:

"Bedford CF Mk1 Custom Van, Hot Rod Camper, former prize winner
For sale: 1976 Bedford CF Mk1 Custom Van, well known in hot rodding and vanning circles, built for speed and comfort.

General Specifications:
CF MK1, fitted wide arches for 8” wheels front and 10” wheels rear, steel side loading door and one piece fibre glass rear door. Modified CF 2 front doors, stainless steel expensive imported wing mirrors, custom made one off front and rear bumpers and heavy duty pull anything tow bar, twin headlights (Capri) and specially modified grill. Painted in Mitsubishi Turquoise metallic paint with 3 coats of lacquer.

Engine and transmission:
Rover Vitesse 3.5 litre V8 taken from former police interceptor, believed stage 3 engine, high compression gas flowed and balanced, etc. will rev to 6000+ for short periods under load, does 90+ mph in first and gets there rapidly for a van! Does not run any power steering, air conditioning and doesn’t even have a cooling fan; built for power and top speed. Runs on unleaded and lead substitute additive which allows it to run cool. Fitted new Borg warner 65 auto 3 speed gear box and torque converter (Cost £500 – very few miles on it) Fuel enhancement system to up octane and improve fuel burn to deliver maximum power.

Well insulated interior with expensive Isfahan Carpet and velour and tapestry cloth wall covering, Lightweight bed and storage for easy removal when racing, old but good JVC sound system running expensive 9” elliptical Speakers, good quality leather covered seats on pedestals. Large accessible battery compartment to take running battery and slave battery for camping.

Running Gear:
Newly fitted front CF2 stub axles and callipers with 8” steel transport wheels with 8” CX Aluminium racing wheels and crossover spacers to convert from CF stud pattern to 5 stud Jag / Chevy Pattern fitted with Avon V rated tyres (Knackered). Fitted 15” x 10” rear tyres on CX aluminium racing wheels. Modified CF rear axle with PA Cresta diff which is old and could use replacement with a Chevy axle, Low mileage Munroe shock absorbers all round.

This is a one off van, the bumpers alone cost £500 to fabricate without spraying. There are about £800 worth of wheels before considering anything else. It it was dismantled for spares my guess is that including the doors,. Bumpers, bonnet, grill, gearbox and ‘Brain’ it would break at £2500 - £3000. Just can’t bring myself to break it myself. It is very repairable, has some rust on the roof channel, not much and some bubbling elsewhere. This great van was the love of my life as was my wife who I have since divorced and due to space and memories regrettably the van must also go."

Item location: Poole, United Kingdom
Ebay Item number: 140589881079

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