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 Hello from London
Posted by Anonymous on Wed 07 Mar 2012 @ 21:08.

Hi there, I just thought I'd say 'Hi' as I am hopefully going to be the new owner of a 1986 CF2 SWB panel van with the sliding front doors. This has been bought by a very good mate of mine who was going to transplant the petrol engine into his Dad's older A reg CF (diesel) as we live in the dreaded LEZ. However, despite the van being painted in Goth Matt Black it is actually a very solid beastie and far to good to break in any way, shape of form. I then threatened my mate with a very grim and painful death if he didn't let me have the van. He saw the light.

The van will now be restored to original spec. Not sure of original colour options but the van was once white (not appealing). There was a light blue colour that I used to see but I have no idea what it is called.

The van runs beautifully but needs the slow running jet cleaning out. It also needs a replacement front screen as there are a couple of chips in the wiper sweep area, plus the rubber has perished and it would be better to take the screen out to tackle the little bit of corrosion that is dotted about here and there. Bodywise she is in good nick. The front wheelarches have a bit of surface rust on them as does one rear arch. Nothing major by any means.

I have a couple of Rover 200 seats in the loft (1/2 cloth/leather) which look like they may fit as the originals are somewhat tired to say the least. That's it really. Oh, the horn doesn't work either and it needs a new gear knob :o ;D

If I could get the carb done and the screen replaced it would most likely pass the MOT. No rush though.

Cheers everyone.

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Wed 07 Mar 2012 @ 21:28.

Welcome to the club Ken. ;]

Another panel van still on the road is worth preserving - not well represented because most were driven to death. Sliding cab doors are a rare item too.

PS

You have pmail. ;D


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 07:03.

Hi Ken welcome to the club.
Dave


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 16:33.

Hi Ken welcome to the best bedford sit on the net.
Richard & Judith


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 17:55.

hello and welcome old son your in the right place ;] ;]


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 17:57.

Hi Ken,Welcome aboard ;]


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 21:01.

Welcome aboard. You sound like a man who knows what he's doing....

So hurry up and get yours fixed, because mine needs your attention next.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 21:42.

What a warm welcome! Thanks everyone, I shall post some piccies of the beastie as soon as possible. Watch this space. Any hints and tips re getting hold of a screen rubber?

Cheers

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 21:58.

Screen rubbers are the stuff of myth and legend, as are alternative wheels for the CF/2.

When I got my van the windscreen rubber was looking pretty cracked and brittle. I was advised to patch it up with some special marine sealant (the name of which escapes me now but someone will come along and remind me shortly) and I painted that on my rubber building it up with a few thin layers, and I have to say that was two bitter winters ago and its held up perfectly.

Rubbers occasionally come up on ebay. I bought one for 20 last year and it was in pretty good nick. The only trouble is though that often rubbers come up and the seller claims they will fit both CFs and CF2s, and apparently the two are very different, so be careful what you bid for and make triple sure its the right one before ripping your old one out. Mine was the wrong one.


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 23:10.

Hmm, not what I needed to hear, although the fix tip sounds good. The problem is that the screen will need replacing at some point.

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 23:23.

Keep your eyes peeled on ebay because windscreens also come up fairly regularly. Same thing applies though - make double sure its definitely a CF2 one before you go to the trouble of collecting it. A CF one wont fit.


 
Posted by Anonymous on Thu 08 Mar 2012 @ 23:27.

By the way... Sikaflex is the name of the marine sealant. Its flexible, weather resistant and doesn't contain any nasty chemicals that will further perish your rubber.


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sat 10 Mar 2012 @ 19:41.

Ah, have heard of that. Thanks very much.

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Mon 12 Mar 2012 @ 23:34.

Welcome to the club!

We are also in London (well we've moved just outside now to sunny Essex)
And it will be great to at least see another CF on the road

Steve


 
Posted by Anonymous on Tue 13 Mar 2012 @ 23:11.

Hi Steve, I pop over to Essex on a regular'ish basis to faff around with various Daf's (cars, not lorries) whereabouts are you?

Cheers

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sat 17 Mar 2012 @ 22:14.

Piccies at last. Now remember, the CF hasn't been used in a couple of years and I just washed off some algae!







Hope you like and can see the potential.

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 00:30.

Very tidy; lick of paint & away you go. ;D

Are the mirror arms on brackets bolted to the door frame or bolted to the wings?

Either way the arms + heads for LandRover should fit; same bolt spacing.


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 17:18.

Just need the slow running jet cleaned out and a general check over. The matt black is kind of growing on me to be honest, but that current look is just too scruffy and would have to be cleaned up and redone :D :D :D

The mirrors are bolted to the wings. Has anyone got a picture or two of the Landie mirrors on their Beddie for reference?

Thanks

Ken


 mirrors
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 17:46.

Hi Ken i have a set of long arm beddie mirrors and a set of merc ones but need glass if eny good to you 07939512335


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 18:38.

purplebargeken wrote:

Has anyone got a picture or two of the Landie mirrors on their Beddie for reference?

On CF2 slam doors & using original plastic gaskets for Vitaloni mirrors with bigger attachment footprint -



These were stuck on using studs & nuts -



but this shows match of fixing holes spacing with gasket holes.


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 22:51.

Cheers Rikki and Phil. I must admit that the Landie mirrors have the edge but my van has the sliding doors. I will have to have a closer look at mounting options. The Landie mirrors sit at an angle on the CF as the Landie panels are obviously set at 90 degrees. It might warrant looking at an angled spacer of some kind to take that into account as they don't sit quite right to my eye. Hmm, need to think more about this.

Thanks for taking the time to reply guys.

Cheers

Ken


 
Posted by Anonymous on Sun 18 Mar 2012 @ 23:04.

I think the mounting stalks on might need a slight adjustment, actually more of a re-alignment or are they meant to look like that? However these puppies should then fit without a problem and are cheap. They also keep in with the style of the van maybe?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Wideangle-Truck-Mirror-most-truck-tractor-/230676521793?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CommercialVehicleParts_SM&hash=item35b5646341

Whaddya think?


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