terça-feira, 31 de março de 2015

Thames News archive (Luton Plant UK)

Here are a couple of Thames News archive clips from around 86-87 when the Luton plant was struggling and the Bedford CF was being replaced by the Midi. At this point both models were in production side by side.

segunda-feira, 30 de março de 2015

Vende-se: Bedford CF 97K60 - Portugal

Esta Bedford CF caixa-aberta de 1981 está à venda na Marinha Grande. O preço é bom mas precisa de um restauro, principalmente na caixa de madeira. Estas caixa-aberta tinham o chassis comprido e rodado duplo atrás com jantes de 6 furos. A curiosidade desta CF é que tem as portas de uma funerária... se repararem bem nos vidros, tem um formato diferente com rebordo cromado e o friso também era um elemento que colocavam nas CF alteradas.

"Carrinha pronta andar com inspecção até Junho toda pronta andar com muito bom motor, precisa dos arranjos em relacao a carroçaria. Como podem ver ta em muito mau estado.
Tem duas anotações, quais sao elas, direção desalinhada, Travao de mao a trvar mais de um lado.
Motivo de venda: comprei na esperança que o meu pai a quisesse arranjar carroçaria, mas ele nem Se esta pra chatear, contudo carrinha com muito bom motor pra ir a lenha. Cumps
Aceitos retomas "

Preço: € 650,00
Concelho: Marinha Grande

Link: http://marinhagrande.olx.pt/bedford-cf-97k60-iid-475469904

Link actualizado: http://marinhagrande.olx.pt/bedford-cf-iid-478341292

sexta-feira, 27 de março de 2015

Road Games (1981)

The truck driver plays games... The hitchhiker plays games.
And the killer is playing the deadliest game of all!

A proper Australian horror road-movie from the 80's has to feature a Bedford van.
I just watched the 1981 film "Road Games" and it checks off that box. The van, of course, belongs to the "bad guy" and actually is an important character in the film. It's a fully customized CF with a Easy Roller body kit and murals.
The film also includes a young Jamie Lee Curtis that plays the role of a female hitchhiker... you see where this is going. I'm not going to give away the story but I will say that the ending is a bit ridiculous.

Check out the great artwork on the original poster above. They don't do illustrations like that anymore. In fact the modern DVD release of this movie has a photo of Jamie Lee on the cover. 

See the trailer below. You can also find the complete movie on youtube if you search for it.

Here are some screen shots from the movie:

quarta-feira, 25 de março de 2015


You don't need to many modifications on a CF to make it look better. Have a look at "Vantom" from New Zealand - put on some polished jelly bean mags with fat white letter tires, a sidepipe, some mesh behind the grille, small chrome mirrors and some air vents in the hood and this CF looks the business!
If you spot this CF in your rear view mirror it looks like a mean bull breathing down your neck!
It's worth the extra time and effort a good paint prep and spray to give it that extra shine.

Source: www.flickr.com/photos/semmytrailer/16683855949

sexta-feira, 20 de março de 2015

Haulin' Ass Bedford CF

"Bedford CF Van: FNL725W
Pictured here at the Tyne Tees Run, Bents Park, South Shields, June 1st 2014."

Source: www.flickr.com/photos/85045832@N07/14361921315

quarta-feira, 18 de março de 2015

For sale: Custom Bedford CF V8 - UK

"CF van. Rover V8 auto. Holley carb & manifold. Headers, etc. Mag wheels. Recent MOT. Needs a little TLC. £2,500. Located nr. Ilkeston/Heanor."

More info: www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/vehicles-sale/bedford-cf-van-v8-299777

segunda-feira, 16 de março de 2015

Ebay: 1977 Custom Bedford Van LPG - Australia

· Performance drive line
· Excellent rust free body
· Custom interior
· Registered as a Caravan Vehicle
· Massive sound system
· Weld wheels
· Upgraded brakes
· Huge list of original parts and spares
· Sounds and performs very well
· One of the best Bedford vans in Australia
· It is all ready for a V8 upgrade
· Dual battery’s (both new)
· Leather power/heated seats
· Still retains its 70’s custom trimming
· Dual Fuel.
· Stud pattern change to HQ, with HZ V8 brakes.
· Insulated custom engine covers, floors and all panels.

I have owned the can for many years, and being a restorer and dealer, I have always tried to keep it in very good condition, mostly the body, as most that I have seen and owned over the years have had major rust issues.

I will start with the body, it has been back to bare metal in most of the important areas on several occasions over the past 14 years, any rust has been removed, new steel welded in and rust proofed from behind, KO66 has just again been sprayed into all the box sections and behind the most recent welding.

All window seals were re-done 2 years ago, but some were not fitted well and rust started again, so welding has been completed yet again, and I decided to re-fit the seals with the best sealant I could find.

Paint is only 12 months old, but I have photos from over the past few years, the new top coat was the result of badly fitted window rubbers. I have kept the body standard other than mild custom work, like the removal of badges, custom bars ect, with the idea as a collectors car, it can easily be returned to standard. The flames are in custom made pearl, and have an underlay which I doubt you will see in the photos, which is snake skin design, very unique, I kept the colour of the main body original.

I believe it will be one of the best bodied Bedford’s left on the road, now for the rest;

I have the original 173 motor with still ran well, but opted to fit an ex race engine to gain power and top end, it is a 186 bottom end, ported head, big cam, roller rockers, running a 350 Holley (it needs bigger) The Dual fuel system was fitted around 7 years ago, and I have modified a custom gas hat to suit, I fitted a custom made hi-stall convertor, and the transmission has recently been replaced, it has extractors and a sports exhaust, custom in take system so it is reliable, sounds great, and has plenty of power over the original drive line.

Brake upgrade is engineered stub axles, HZ V8 callipers and disks, and original rebuilt Bedford rear brakes, machined to be matching HQ stud pattern, capable of accepting V8 conversion.

Sound system, floors were stripped, body tarred, so were all inner seals, top of the range sound deadener fitted, new carpets, MP4 Din 3 deck, supports Bluetooth, DVD, ect, deck runs 4 speakers, hidden in the custom dash and under the power seats, powered pre-out runs custom amp powering 2 x 6/9’s and two roof mounted 6 inchs, big amp powers 2 x hidden boxed Clarion subs, second battery powers twin amps which run two pro series clarion subs, sound system is set up for clarity and all amps are limited to protect the system. Roof mounted drop down Screen is included but not fitted, also included reverse cameras and separate 7 inch screen.

The Van seats 4, fronts are SAAB black leather power and heated seats, rears are commodore with seat belts, I have another mid seat to make it a 5 seater, but it has seat belts to make it a 7 seater, currently has raised bed in the rear, and external side windows open as per a campervans, rear bumper is a step up in steal, front is custom rolled alloy.

All suspension bushes were replaced around 40,000 klms ago, car drives very well, sounds excellent and gets attention where ever it goes, as such is a great daily driver as I have been using it, or a weekend toy, and will be an excellent long term investment for any collector.

Contact me with any questions, and I should have a range of photos from over the past decade that will all go to prove the condition has always been excellent.

Spare include; original motor, original front brakes, two spare original read barn doors, other spare body panels, a rare set of period allows to suit the original stud pattern, 3 seater fold down rear seat, original trans, some electrical spares including drop down roof mounted DVD, reverse cameras I have collected as well."

Item location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Price: AU $14,500.00

eBay item number: 221713620932 

* UPDATE: This van has been re-listed several times and now has a buy-it-now price of AU $13,500.00

eBay item number:

terça-feira, 3 de março de 2015

For sale: 1983 BEDFORD CF 250D - Netherlands

Bouwjaar 1983
*2.3 diesel
*Grijs kenteken
*Afgelezen KM stand 71240 KM (geen tonnenteller)
*APK 20-07-2015
*CV op afstandsbediening
Lakwerk niet mooi (gerold)
Z.g.a.n banden.
Super grappig busje voor weinig!!
Prijs is zo mee, zonder inruil (normale prijs € 1150,-)

Noordwolde fr, Friesland

Link: www.speurders.nl/overzicht/autos/klassiekers-en-oldtimers/bedford-cf-250-2-3d-bestelbus-1983-999-149313006.html