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Welcome aboard even if for a short time. I will put my hand up as being interested. I await more photos and info.


CF Bedford Chat / The Vans are back in town
« on: December 18, 2021, 03:08:17 PM »

 An interesting Tumblr site that I cruise through regularly is...

An interetsing custom CFS that can park in my shed anytime it wants...

CF Bedford Chat / My journey back
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:45:26 PM »
After a few years of driving other vehicles I am really wanting to get back into a Bedford.
I know it is going to be a task so here goes...

I will need to replace and update a few things and I noted the discussions about Kia Carnival seats.
I have been looking around and even though the Carnivals are dying, I have not been able to find one until this morning on Facebook. A dead one for $200. Trouble was another bloke was after it and he had first refusal. By chance we both showed up at the same time and I told I only wanted the back seats and seatbelts. He didn't have a trailer and I offered to take it to his place for the parts I wanted. Deal done! so I went home and got my Range Rover and car trailer to do the move. I had just replaced the 3 belts on the front of the motor but on the way into town the new alternator belt snapped. BUGA!
A 2 hour task turned into a 4 hour task but I now have the 2 rear seats out of a 2005 Carnival.

Introduce Yourself / Griffin blood still runs through my veins
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:14:15 PM »

I have had a fairly tumultuous few years with a lot of people sticking the boot in. You find out who your friends are when you are down. I have had to work my way through it all
I have driven CF's since my early twenties so that is nearly 40 years. My first drive was in dual cab at the Newcastle Steelworks when I was a trainee.
I bought my first CF to use as a work van. Business was good and I started employing staff. I had a fleet of CF vans and trucks and Kingswood station wagons. I ended up with a collection of vans and trucks behind the shed. Most had some modifications, none of which were Engineer Approved. It was a different time.
Due to expediency, I started using other vehicles such as Range Rover, Volvo, and Suzuki Carry. The Bedfords ended up all parked.
I have been trying to get Automotive Engineer reports on several of the CFs for years to no avail until last week.
The bloke called in on his way from Newcastle to the Orange Swap Meet and spent several hours discussing my options. It is early days yet but it looks like most of of the modified ones will be registerable in NSW.
I should be rolling again soon.

I did a bit of a stocktake today...
CFS van                      20 (7 with V8s)
CFS pop top camper   1
CFS truck                    1
CFL van                      7  ( 1 with V8)
CFL truck                    10 ( 1 with V6)
CFL 4 berth camper    1
CFL Dual cab              2
CFL pantech               6
That makes a total of 48

Oh hell, this is the first time I have counted them up and after posting I noticed my signature... 
It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.
William Bolitho
I don't know how many other cars are there so I am not totally bad. New signature coming.

CF Bedford Chat / Re: CF Bedford History - HELP!
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:35:18 PM »
Some new posts:


Wouldn't you love to get your hands on the dropkicks at GM who thought that dropping the CF was a good idea.

GM certainly has a long history of shooting itself in the foot.

The Sump / GMs biggest selling vehicle a little Carry van knock-off
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:17:08 AM »

Found a few interesting articles on GM Inside News that you can use to stir up the GM know-alls...
It busts them to find out that the top selling GM vehicle is a Carry van knock-off.

Commentary: Wuling microvans should count as GM sales
Quote "the four top-selling models in China are all commercial microvans, according to LMC Automotive"

GM's Best Selling Car Is This Funny-Looking Little Van
Quote "a funny little van was, globally, GM's best selling vehicle"

The Sump / Re: What have you been up to this week
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:01:52 AM »

I am back, well for a while anyway. It looks like I will be involved with a local solar farm project.

I should start a thread "What have you been up to this year".
The economy has been very quiet around here so I have been traveling all over the state for work, and am into my 5th vehicle for the year due to kangaroos, trees, engine failure, and lack of rego. I have been staying in pubs and swagging it. While I have been away most of my stuff has been vandalised and bits pinched which has taken the edge off the money I made.

So what have I been up to this week?
I have just purchased an ex-bakery Suzuki Carry van in Junee as cheap transport. It is a 2004 model with only 50K kms. I have already put on a pair of 16" alloys to gear it up and an Ignis tacho dash with red LEDs and a Baleno dimmer. While I was away I picked up a set of Mazda 3 bucket seats and a lot of other goodies so I will be busy for a while.

In Japan the Carry van can be got as an optioned up luxury people mover...
But we cant get it here because we have to support a couple of old dinosaur makers.

So interesting parts are available in Japan at ridiculously cheap pricing. I just got onto Yahoo Actions and purchased a complete electric power steering tilt column, with controller and wiring for $54 that will be an easy fit into my van... 
I don't speak squiggly stuff so I am doing it through a buying agent...

There are at least 3 car makers in China who make a Carry Van knock-off with one of them selling over a million so far. So there are lots of replacement parts and hot-up bits available at very ridiculously cheap prices...
I have just ordered some very interesting bits.

I was looking at putting in some Phillips Extreme headlight bulbs and priced them in a shop for $149. I have them coming from the UK for $35 delivered...

The Internet is dramatically changing the way retailing works. I just had a discussion with a local large retailer, who had a go at me about my buying practices. I asked him how he was getting he IT support done now, and he replied "via the Internet".
So it is OK for him to cut me out of work but not OK for me to cut him out of profits!!! Go figure?

Here is an example of a Carry van out of Hong Kong...

Vanning is not dead.

Found for sale / Re: just cars
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:36:25 AM »
HI just got the mag see if you can find it i know iam old 4 times cover to cover durka durka i cant find it rizzo out

I just downloaded the emag and did a search. Its not in there. I also had a look at the website and it is not listed as a van or as a Bedford so something has gone wrong.
Bloody computers!

Found for sale / Re: just cars
« on: December 25, 2012, 05:17:52 AM »

For those that are geographically challenged or cannot get to a newsagent due to whatever:

Found for sale / Re: just cars
« on: December 24, 2012, 10:52:03 PM »
And it is on the front cover of next months issue:

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