domingo, 30 de outubro de 2011

Junkyard Sunday's

I don't really know what to say about this one. It's too bad that it was abandoned and reached the shady state that it's in. This is no bolt-on body kitted CF, a lot of custom work has gone into this. The front is really what sets it apart from the rest. The 3D fleur-de-lis grafted on the hood is very unusual but very indicative of its french origins.
This custom 1973 CF is actually for sale and could be a good project for you, here is what the seller writes:

bonjour a tous
je vend mon bedford avec grand regret car je doit m'en séparé pour cause de déménagement
tout est fonctionnel et le moteur tourne nickel
la carrosserie est a refaire mais très bonne base pas de corrosion sous chassie mais sur le kit carrosserie j'ai acheter dernièrement des frein a disque de opel rekord a monter et des jantes trigular que j'ai fait sablé et apprêter
sinon il as un volant bois deux branche un pommeau de vitesse tipis d'époque a recoller mais l'intérieure reste a aménager et il as 4700km d'apres l'ancien propriétaire j'en veux 1600€ a débattre dans la limite du raisonnable
pour toute question n'hésiter pas a me contacter ou pour photos supplémentairement
cordialement Fabrice


quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2011

4x4 Bedford CF in Australia

I found these photos on BUGA, you can imagine that the 4wd comes in handy in the vast Australian outback.
From the sticker on the windshield, it looks like the conversion was done by Uptech Off Road Centre.

quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2011

FF Developments Ltd - 1985 CF2 4x4 brochure

This is FF Developments Bedford CF2 4x4 conversion brochure from 1985.
The experience gained would lead FFD to design and develop the AWD system used on the 1988 Jaguar XJ220 220 mph supercar prototype. FFD also designed and developed the AWD system used on 1990 Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari vans and later manufactured the transmission system for the McLaren F1 supercar.

A 4x4 version by FFD was also available on the CF1 "facelift".

terça-feira, 18 de outubro de 2011

ebay: rare 1987 4WD Bedford CF

Now this is quite rare, an original Bedford CF 4WD. I posted another one that was for sale on ebay back in May, but this one is even more rare because you would normally find the 4WD setup on long wheel base vans and trucks and this one is a short wheel base model. Also it's one of the very last CF's made (1987). Sadly it looks like it has been siting outside for a very long time and the body shows signs of rust all over. It could be restored or you could swap the mechanical and suspension parts into another CF. The starting bid is very low, only £300.00. It's too bad that it's to far away for me to pick up or I would be bidding on it.

This van is located at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Item number: 280756156864

sábado, 15 de outubro de 2011

Tribute Custom Bedford CF Truck

Tribute: Charlie Hall, left, with grandson Aden Hall, 5, and son Andrew Hall, re-built this 1978 CF Bedford van as as tribute to a mate who died.

Charlie Hall's custom built Bedford van isn't just his pride and joy, it's also a tribute to a mate who had the same dream but died before it could be realised.
The Blenheim man was at the Marlborough Truck and Trade Show near Blenheim on Sunday to show off the bright yellow 1978 CF Bedford van he spent two years re-building from the chassis up.
''You won't see one like this anywhere ... hell, yeah, I'm proud. Just look at it.''
The former truckie got the idea from a mate who started a similar project but died before he could finish it.
''This is a tribute to my mate.''
The van, cut down to a ute, is powered by a 308 Holden V8 engine and has an aerodynamic roof.
He's still working on the interior, which includes a sleeping space behind the cab.
Asked how much the re-build cost, Mr Hall was coy.
''Mum [my wife] doesn't even know that. We're 27 years together, 26 years married and she's my best mate ... [but] I don't want her to know.''
The van spends most of its time parked outside Arc-Rite Engineering in Blenheim as a thank-you to the firm's owner, who helped with the re-build, Mr Hall said.
Despite everything, the van was still for sale if the price was right, he said.
''Give me a blank cheque and you can drive it away.''

- The Marlborough Express

quinta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2011

ebay: bedford cf mitsubishi turbo project?

Wow! This is an insane project. I have never seen this type of modification done to a CF.
What this guy has done is swapped the standard engine for a SOHC 2.6L Turbo from a Mitsubishi Starian! This engine produces between 150 and 197 HP. As if that wasn't enough the gearbox and diff was also used which meant using a modified front and rear sub-frames and lengthening the prop-shaft and rear drive-shafts. 
While your at this why not modify the brakes and suspension? That is what he done also... Strut towers were welded in with the front shocks converted to Capri springs.
Look at the photos, it's just crazy but it's not finished yet. There is still a lot of work needed but this is a cool project if your looking for a fast custom CF.
The starting bid is £900.00 with a buy it now price of £1,200.00.

"hi ther welcome to my auction for my bedford cf van project i bought this van couple years ago as a standerd van and started to build a mitsubishi starian 2.6 turbo into it. Most of the major work is done the front mitsubishi subframe has been modifyed to fit, the engine and gear box mounts are made and mounted in propshaft lengthend profesanly rear subframe also modifyed and diff fitted and rear drive shafts lengthend also profesanly ther is still welding to be done to strengthen the sturt towers (see pics) and finish also the steering (as ther is non) and brakes as ther are none but all brake components present plus bias box in place of survo assit, the only changes to the engine is the tubler manifold hybrid turbo and external waste gate the engine has been runing in the van but wireing exc to be finished its got uprated front shocks converted to capri springs rear springs need replaced, when finished would be a real head turnner and very fast (not for the faint hearted) would recommend viewing"

Item location: Buckie, Moray, United Kingdom
Ebay Item number: 320772653896

quarta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2011

Springbok 48

I just found this LP record with a very cool custom Bedford CF on the cover.
The right hand drive and the black-on-yellow license plate up front (with the help of wikipedia) looks like it's from the Western Cape Province in South Africa.

The LP is called Springbok 48 and it's a South African recording from 1980 featuring various artists.
Here's one of the tracks: 'Message in a Bottle' by Sting/The Police:

domingo, 9 de outubro de 2011

Junkyard Sunday's

This customized Bedford CF was once a very cool van.
Now it's abandoned and rusting away somewhere in France. C'est la vie!

Source: RicoFromMars on Flickr

sábado, 8 de outubro de 2011

Rolls Royce CF Camper?

O Bedford CF tinha um chassis longo de rodado duplo optimo para utilizar em varios tipos de veiculos desde ambulâncias, pronto-socorros, carrinhas de gelados e especialmente aurocaravanas.
Esta autocaravana que encontrei no forum motorclassico é sem dúvida bizarra e única. A base é CF mas tem uma carroçaria que nunca vi igual. Atrás os farois são Mercedes e a frente é de um Rolls Royce Silver Shadow!
Tem matrícula portuguesa mas não faço ideia a origem deste frankenstein camper...