Nice! That looks like it was made to be converted, it'll be beautiful!
Yawn I'm so tired with this big bag of coal on my head...
Dunno if it's the angle but that's as long as it's high! Sooooo cute!
looking forward to updates as this is a long term plan for me ..... good luck
I'm in love with it allready
yes is almost a big box 18ft long 11ft high
I have had Vera ( from the BIG V on the roof ) for nearly 3 years after a lot of searching finally found on ebay for £1650 , I was after something tax exempt short but with the full lenth able to be used so vera is 18 ft long with 18ft of living space
the conversion is a no rush , do when I get an idea , try not to spend much money ( most parts tatted, car boot bargains or free) job , with a steampunk , chitty chitty bang bang , gypsy caravan mutiod look
here a few more in the beginning photos
Right so the jobs in order were going to be
1 underneath , chassis, brakes , tyres, wiring, and running gear as there is no point spending ages converting a truck on a crap running gear
so my partner and myself spent around 20-30 hours wire brushing the chassis back of all oil grease rust ect , followed by 2 coats of red oxide and then 2 coats of post office red synthetic enamel paint , newish tyres where needed , wheel cylinders, brake shoes and a complete back end rewire ( no dodgy bad earths ) to complete underneath
a few before and after photos
Top plan do the bits u cant see first an forget em.
Never judge someone by the opinion of others.
what a beautiful truck, showing my age now but first firm I worked for had tk tippers always loved their looks
oh wow, this is going to be brilliant, good job so far
"The best way to get something done , is to begin "
That'll be nice, I like the red already.
Next on the list was the engine , it ran ok but blew on the block/exhaust manifold ( common problem with bedfords ) and the points were missing sometimes causing a loss of power or backfire ( yes its a petrol) , first thing I did was take the head of have it skimmed , clean up check all the valves then refit with a nice new copper head gasket , check the tappets and reset , make a new exhaust for it out of scrap bits and bobs and a transit silencer , then carefully remove the points carry them out of the truck , then trow them on the floor and stamp on them before throwing them in the bin and fitting a electronic ignition and high performance coil kit from acu spark £ 50 for the lot excellent , booked it in for its hgv test ( still a empty horsebox at that time ) , got plenty of stares when I pulled up at the ministry test centre as she looked like a bag of shit from the outside but passed first time
This thread looks like it is going to be a good one.
Do it once, do it well, do it yourself.
I loooove the red undercrackers.
Can i reccomend an old off roader trick, think about puttting thin PTFE sheets between the leaf springs, it really smoothes out the ride, reduces wear and keeps the springs looking good.
Wow PETROL!! R u keepin that or goin deisel?
Yeah petrol was a bit of a dilemma , but I have had loads of Bedford j types in the past and even a RL all with petrol lumps in , they are good strong and very easy to work on , mines only got 19,000 on the clock from new, I save 250 a year on the tax another 250 by it being classic insurance so for now I will stick with the petrol , I could go with the right engine replacement that would be a 220 4 pot diesel , but underpowered and noisy , or put in a modern engine , but then it would be gearbox , prop maybe rear axle , or ever go with a gas or hydrogen conversion but I will wait and see happy with what I have at the moment
Hi quick update on vera ,first job inside was to ripped out all the old inside , put a burner in a temperary spot for now , put in a £25 boot sale bargin chaise lounge , another boot sale find at the weekend was a industral lamp for £10 , that now my bedside lamp ( yet to make a bed yet , started on the cross beam and side runners , its about now that I wondered why I ended up drawing so many butterfly champers to carve out
If u r near London trawl gumtree freebies for a sofabed as a temp sleeping solution. Oh an the recyclin areas. I got 90% of my stuff from both!