quarta-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2014

ebay: "Starsky & Hutch" Bedford CF

To end 2014, here is a first on this blog: a 1972 Bedford CF with a Starsky & Hutch theme. Well, the seller of this van doesn't mention the 1970's tv series but looking at these photos the similarities with the famous Ford Gran Torino are obvious... The red and white-stripe defined the real star of that show, the car was actually nicknamed  "The Striped Tomato." (Although the stripe is not exactly the same shape on this van, it's almost a mix between Starsky and the A-Team...) It's even got the same style jelly-bean mags! The front end was also customized with what looks like a Ford XC Falcon grill. Maybe a grill more similar to the Gran Torino with quad head-lights would be nice. I also see the mirrors are missing and some original Gran Torino chrome mirrors would be perfect.
Something that's also missing is a big Ford V8 engine. It's still got the original Holden engine.
I can imagine that someone with a Gran Torino Starsky & Hutch replica would love to have this van also.

"Very cool 1972 bedford CF Van with Holden 6 cylinder and trimatic gearbox. This car is in good mechanical condition and drives well.  Recently had a new radiator and thermo fan fitted. Currently has 3 months NSW rego.  Interior was professionally restored a number of years ago, however, it is still in very good condition. This car would be perfect with a nice V8 engine, however, I do not have the time or money to complete as I have spent thousands... so it's time to sell. Vehicle will be in Canberra for the Summernats."

Buy it now price: AU $14,000.00
Item location: Bywong, New South Wales, Australia
Ebay item number: 131389536359

1976 Ford Gran Torino, from the original Starsky & Hutch tv series

segunda-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2014

"Investigator" Bedford CF - Electric Vehicle Project - Flinders University

Bedford in conjunction with the Lucas EV Group had been testing electric motors in CA/CF vans for a number of years and when the 1973 oil crisis hit they were way ahead of the game and prepared to release trial Electric CF vans the following year. The development of the CF-E's continued up until 1985.
During this period, half way around the world, a group of investigators were separately also developing EV technology at Flinders University. One of the commercial vehicles they chose to use was the Bedford CF.
Below are some photos and information I found about this project called "Investigator".

"The workshop area with the two commercial vehicles used in the later project
Bedford Van on the left and the smaller Fiat 127 on the right....."

1970's Electric Vehicle Project at Flinders University - The background......

"In the 1970's and early 1980's, a number of alternative energy studies took place within Physical Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. One of these projects, largely undertaken by a group of electronic and mechanical  technicians, was the Flinders University Electric Vehicle Project. The project was headed up by a very enthusiastic Darryl Whitford and the project cars proudly carried the name "Investigator" named after one of James Cook's ships. Other key members of the group were Kevyn Rush, Viv Rush, Robin Jongebloed, Peter Harris and Kate Mackenzie. At that time I was employed as an electronics technician in the main workshop in Physical Sciences and very such enjoyed any involvement with the project and the lengthy technical discussions that took place in the tearoom."

"Robin Jongebloed and Darryl Whitford with the power unit from the Bedford Van
The "Printed Circuit" motors were modular in design and based on 5kW building blocks. The above assembly shows 6 of these modules series together to form the 30kW unit that was used to power the Bedford deliver van project."
"Kevyn Rush assembling some of the modular power units"
"A number of home grown test beds were used in the development and testing
of the motors and associated control circuitry"

5kW Printed Circuit Motors:

"These made the project unique, the adaption of high powered "Printed Circuit" motor technology"

"The armature - very simple design...."

"One of the design drawing of the modular construction"
The Bedford Delivery Van:

"The van under going road testing around the Ring Road at Flinders University"

"Side view of the power unit, 6 off 5kW modular units in series providing 30kW in total"

"The other side with cooling manifold assembly"

"Part of the control circuitry was located under the seat unit"

"The under seat control assembly"

"Hinged design for ease of servicing....."

EVE-80 Electric Vehicle Exposition 1980:

"South Australian Premier of the day.... David Tonkin addressing EVE-80 at Flinders University 1980"

"EVE-80 at Flinders University 1980"

"Checking out the van - These when on to be used by the Public Building Department for a number of years...."

"This project ended in early 1980 for a number of reasons. Ongoing funding was withdrawn however some local commercial interest was secured for limited vehicle production.
A project ahead of its time? I think so......
Acknowledgement must be given to Darryl Whitford and his team for the outstanding design work and extremely high quality work put into this project."

Source: www.mightyboyev.com

segunda-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2014

Vende-se: Bedford CF250 - Portugal

Já há algum tempo que não via nenhum Bedford novo por cá, e hoje apareceu este CF amarelo à venda em Sesimbra. Esta é mais uma CF que voltou à estrada, foi restaurada o ano passado. A cor amarela pode ferir alguns olhos, mas a verdade é que era uma cor original das CF.

"Bedford Cf 250 1980 gasóleo
Esteve parada em garagem durante mais de 20 anos.
Só teve um único dono e tem os documentos todos em dia. Foi toda restaurada em 2013 e pouco andou depois disso. Envio mais fotos aos interessados .
Tem inspeção e documento único.
Aceito troca por carrinha ford, Mercedes, volkswagen renault, etc recente e maior com respectivo acerto."

Preço € 2.500,00
Concelho: Sesimbra

Link: http://castelosesimbra.olx.pt/bedford-cf-250-1980-iid-469306006

sábado, 20 de dezembro de 2014

Bedford JägerVan!

Over in the UK, Jägermeister has a 1985 Bedford CF van and they ain't serving ice cream cones from it.
Rumor has it that the engine runs off pure Jägermeister... or maybe that's just the driver...

Photo source: www.flickr.com/photos/44472650@N08/16013301951

sábado, 13 de dezembro de 2014

For sale: Bedford Blitz - Germany

Ort: 66787 Saarland - Wadgassen
EZ 1980
TÜV / AU 06/2016
Preis: 3.999 EUR VB

"Motorumbau auf Opel 2,0l OHC Motor, muss noch eingetragen werden, aber laut Aussage des TÜV- Saarland kein Problem.
Ausbau zum Wohnmobil, Bett, Stauraum unter dem Bett, kleiner Schrank, unterer Teil als Hundebox nutzbar, Bodenbelag PVC, Wände und Himmel aus Holzpaneelen,
Halbschalensitze, Hosenträgergurte, Digitaltacho (muss noch eine Tachoangleichung gemacht werden), Scheinwerfer mit Standlichtringen und Kreuz in schwarz (Angeleyes), Chromfelgen 7J14, Bereifung vorne 195/70/14, hinten 215/70/14 neu, eingetragen, Trommelbremsen vorne und hinten, Bremszylinder teilweise erneuert"

Link: http://kleinanzeigen.ebay.de/anzeigen/s-anzeige/bedford-blitz,-cf-97100/259822216-216-312

quinta-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2014

ebay: Custom 1974 Bedford Van - Australia

This custom 1974 Bedford CF1 is up on ebay.au right now. It's been fully customized, inside and out, except for the engine that seems to be the original Holden 202. It looks really good but I don't know about those chrome alloy's.. they look too modern for this van. Check the photos: 

"Whats wrong - Speedometer doesn't work. Crack rear bottom right of body, 10cm long. Automatic canceler on indicator arm does not work. Minor bubble rust roof gutter (inspections welcomed)
Whats good - Rego until 22nd November 2014 Seal rear flared guards (molded), Drives well new brake cylinders, WOODEN STEERING WHEEL NOT INCLUDED, will be replaced with original wheel twin dumper exhaust and it looks RAD"

Starting Price:   AU $7,000.00

Item location: Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

eBay item number: 201228470377