quarta-feira, 23 de novembro de 2011

ebay: A-Team CF, again...

Another Bedford CF A-team replica for sale? This one is in Ireland and it isn't the first time I have seen it. It was on ebay back in January and I posted it here.

Here is the seller's creative description:
"In 1984 a crack commando van was built for a working life but it had to commit. This van promptly escaped from a maximum life of work to a workshop somewhere in a town in England. Today still wanted by a new owner it survives as a replica van of B.A's' .

If your looking a van like this if you cant find another maybe you can buy my A-Team van

Hi,Good morning, good evening. Ola, Bonjour or indeed hello,

Today (yesterday actually but don’t tell today) I have decided to put up for sale my 1984 Bedford cf A-Team van replica. For those of you who don’t know what the A-Team is it was an American tv show run from 1983-1987. Possibly still shown on a T.V channel somewhere near you (this is unconfirmed).

There is also a movie called the A-Team. Which I saw while sitting beside a middle aged woman in a cinema who kept looking at me strangely like she knew me or something. I wanted to look at her to because she smelled funny. I didn’t though as I was trying to avoid any unwanted attention and then out of the blue my pet monkey John who I had dressed up as Elvis stood up and started singing Suspicious Minds. I was so embarrassed, I didn’t even know he could sing. I use that term sing lightly but then if you had a pet monkey that could sing you'd be shocked. He stopped thankfully and we watched the rest of the movie. The movie was ok I thought not as good as the T.V show in my opinion. I think I missed MR T.

I later sold John my pet monkey. I think he now has a twin brother beginning with E (this is also unconfirmed).

Holly shorts maybe that’s why that lady was looking at me she must have been suspicious of John after all. Smart monkey!

There are also more unconfirmed reports of a new follow up series called the B-Team.

So now you have the background of the show perhaps I should tell you about the van itself. Well it is a 1984 Bedford CF250 van.It has a 2.2l Vauxhall Fontera petrol engine and standard 4sd gearbox. It also has the proper Vector Venom Turbine A-Team van wheels which if you have a look for on the international web you’ll most likely not find as they are so rare now even in the United States of America. (I went there once, it was good.). That said this makes them quite expensive. The van also comes with the sideskirts (I like woman in miniskirts), spoiler and side exit exhausts. I often thought about the idea of making z sideskirts open out like wings on a jet plane and inserting a flux capacitor and going back to the future like Marty McFly. To my disappointment this has so far been proven to be unsuccessful  .

If indeed the van could go back to the future it wouldn’t yet of caught the disease it has called rust. It has suffered from this disease for a while now and although I have cut bad bits out and started to put new pieces in I just don’t have the time or resources to make my dream come true so maybe somebody else out there can make theirs come true.
As you can see in the photos the van also has spotlights and a bullbar, this is a handy combination if you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage with a bull as you can look for bulls with the spotlights then invite them to your bulbar. Please drink sensibly and never ever drink and drive. However driving afterwards shouldn’t be a problem as there is plenty of room in the back for a mattress for you to sleep if you so intended.

Please note you will have to supply you're own mattress as none are included in the sale of the van.

There are also two front seats from a Vauxhall Astra GTE mk1 which also are very rare items of seatage now. However I only have one seat (the drivers seat) in place at the minute as I like to sit and listen to the theme tune of the A-Team playing through the speakers and pretending to be Mr T. You too can do this also if coming to view vehicle but please be advised my neighbours don’t like loud music.

The last time the van was taxed was in the year of 2008. The same year that Usain Bolt ran 100m in 9.72’s. Wow I wish I could run that fast. I can’t but I have been to Jamaica. Yeah Man!!

Ohh silly me I almost forgot there is also a red stripe on van this is sometimes referred to as a go faster stripe but saying as I have never had van on the road this again can not be confirmed.

Don’t forget it’s Christmas soon and what better present could you imagine if you are crazy about the A-Team than an actual A-Team van. Well? Ok maybe if you work at a desk or just happen to have one you could buy a remote control A-Team van and look at it and then when you get bored looking at it drive it around using the remote control .OMG I wonder if this remote can generate 1.21 giga watts then this could be used to control the van if it is ever turned into a time machine. If I can find my Flux Capacitor I will include it in the sale.

Van will however need to be towed away on a trailer or a transporter (not a transporter like in back to the future but that would be way cool) at buyers expense.

With such rare items as the wheels and seats and not forgetting the van itself this is why I have put a reserve on the van. Imagine the crazy fun you will get from this on the road. It has surely got to tickle someone’s fancy as they say (I fancy girls).

A deposit of £100 to be paid by paypal within 24 hours of auction closing and full payment made 24 hours before collection or cash on collection please.

Van is also advertised elsewhere so will end auction if sells before auction ends.

Thank you for looking and reading my ad for my 1984 Bedford Cf A-Team van replica and if you have any questions or wish to view vehicle please ring your local mentally ill hospital and ask for me.

Only kidding and no harm intended. Please ask though the power of Ebay"

Starting bid: £750.00
Item location: Ballynahinch, N.Ireland, United Kingdom
Ebay Item number: 250936397295

quarta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2011

Vend: A-team Bedford CF - France

The Bedford CF was a popular choice in Europe to build replica A-Team vans.
I have posted a few examples in the
past and here is another one. Well, this one actually isn't a real good replica, if it wasn't for the black paint and red stripe you probably wouldn't think about the A-Team van but it is a nice custom van with tons of mods. If you are looking for a van like this one today is your lucky day, this one is for sale!
Here is the sellers ad:
"Ville : 38270 Saint-Barthélemy-de-Beaurepaire
Année-modèle : 1976
Kilométrage : 11 000 km

je vend mon van bedford 2.3l diesel refait a neuf
super préparation
,moteur refait ,peinture ,electricité ,freins, pneus, neuf.
entièrement refait intérieur ,vitre electrique,porte latéral ouverture papillion avec gache électrique,sono et banquette int
super affaire ct:ok ,carte grise collection donc ct a faire tous les 5ans et assurance 100euros par ans et véhicule très économique.. si vous ète intérrèsser faite moi des proposition"
Link: http://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/254550552.htm

sábado, 12 de novembro de 2011

ebay: Electric Bedford CF2

This Electric Bedford CF is for sale on ebay.co.uk for £6,000.00. It looks to be in very nice shape with only 19,447 miles on it but unfortunately the batteries are dead. That said, I don't think it will sell because a quality Deep Cycle Monobloc 6V battery like the Trojan T105 costs between £130.00 and £148.93 in the UK and for a complete battery pack you need 36 of them! Do the math that's around £5,000.00...

From the exterior it's identical to a regular CF2 with the exception that it doesn't have an exhaust pipe. The interior is also the same with the exception of the dashboard, check out the different gauges and lights.
For more info on Electric CF2's check out the Bedford CF Electric Van blog.

Item location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Ebay item number: 170726244107

quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2011

Custom CF's in print

I found theses pictures on The Vampires blog. There scans from the book Vans, customized vans in colour and the section "European Vans" feature Bedford CF's and Ford Transit's from France.

domingo, 6 de novembro de 2011

Junkyard Sunday's: Yellow Peril

Today's feature is a sad sight to see... Yellow Peril, a once nice custom CF from Australia was found sitting in a wreckers yard. From what I read on BUGA, this CF was originally built and owned by Ken Merrit.

This is how Yellow Peril used to look like:

sábado, 5 de novembro de 2011


I spotted this crazy Bedford CF on a Finnish site, apparently it made the news over in Finland because it belonged to some famous reggae dancehall group - Lord Estin and Petri Nygårdin. They put it up for auction starting at 2,000€ and it sold for the crazy amount of 10,000.00€!
I did a search on youtube and found a video clip where they used the van. Watch the video and you might find the reason why it sold so high...

sexta-feira, 4 de novembro de 2011

ebay: custom black CF2 - UK

This customized CF2 has just popped up for sale on ebay. It looks somewhat interesting, I have to say I'm not a fan of that whale-tail roof spoiler... The wheels are also mis-matched.
The seller only shows this one photo but gives a more detailed description:

for auction
my beloved bedford cf2 custom van
selling due to a new baby on the way so its not very practical for me now unfortunately
ive ran this van for around 4 or 5 years with no problems
when i bought it it was a brand new bodyshell which i managed to source (no im not kidding)
i built it from the shell up
its a 2.3 diesel engine with a 5 speed zf gearbox which is all good
it had new brake pipes all round as well as hoses etc.
new brake master cylinder
everything i could get new was done at the time of build
its mot till next september and tax till feb 2012
one piece fibreglass rear door
rear roof spoiler (big)
wide wheel arches and custom made sideskirts
front windscreen visor
and front spoiler
bay windows in the side and 2 smaller bubble windows in the back half of van
2 single seats in front from a 52 reg mondeo heated but need wired up and 2 seats in the back
needs fitted out inside as ive never had time to get it done
needs a few bits tidied up but nothing major
would benefit from a respray
it turns heads everywhere i go
very sad and reluctant sale as i spent years trying to find another of these vans and a small fortune on this one

The starting bid is at £5,000.00 and it's located in Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Ebay Item number: 160673307471

quinta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2011

ebay: The Wise Old Owl - 1977 Custom V8 CF

Up on ebay Australia is this 1977 Custom Bedford CF called "The Wise Old Owl". It has the type of mods you would usually see in a CF down under. Up front, the grille, headlights and side markers are off a Ford and the bumper is a custom piece. It also has a front spoiler and fender flares molded into the body.
The rear doors have been replaced with a 1-piece fiberglass door and the tail lights have been swapped.
Classic oval port holes have been added on the sides.

Another classic mod is to swap the 6 cylinder inline engine with a more powerful V8. In this van a Ford 302 Windsor was chosen with a automatic gearbox. It's gas powered only with a 190lt tank but the petrol tank is still in place if you wanted to run a dual fuel system.
The wheels were changed and the seller doesn't mention this but the brakes and diff were probably modified as well.
On the inside you can see a custom fiberglass dashboard that is available for the CF. The mini fan is a tell-tale sign of no air-conditioning... 
Overall there has been plenty of custom work done to this CF but it's a little rough and body work will be needed as you can clearly see many rust spots.
The seller is asking a buy it now price of AU $9,000.00 which maybe seems a bit exaggerated.
Ebay item number: 260883182503

quarta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2011

FF Developments Ltd - 1982 CF 4x4 brochure

I had previously posted a 1985 CF2 brochure that featured the 4x4 version by FF Developments LTD in the UK. I believed that the 4x4 version was only available in the CF2 but now I found this cover image of another 4x4 brochure by FFD featuring the 1982 Bedford CF. So this means that 4x4 version was available since at least 1982.
I don't have the rest of this brochure but as soon as I find a scanned copy I will post it here.