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Hello from us!

Hello :)

I'm Fi and I have taken custody of a 1971, Bedford CF... I'll tell you a little bit about me, a little bit about the van and a little bit about how we got it!

I'm 27 and married to a wonderful man who is training to be an engineer/tool maker called Liam, needless to say he will be carrying out the majority of the work on our lovely Bedford! We have one son (jasper) who is 18 months old. We are also expecting a second child in August.

Our Bedford was once a flat bed Bedford, has been converted to an ambulance by some coach builders op norf in the 80's... It was designed to go up and down hills in the Lake District and is short wheel based but fatter than usual ambulances

At some point, it was converted to a camper, I think around 12 years ago.

It's beautiful (I will get some pictures up soon) but needs a lot of work

So... How did we get it!

Well, our friend tim split up with his partner of 14 years, she was annoyed with all the projects he never finished among other things and found himself out on his eras with not a lot. The van was in her driveway. He had stripped the paint off it and claimed to have reconditioned the engine and then basically just abandoned it for 5 years... She was not a happy girl.

He donated it to us, told us it would take a little bit of welding and a new battery and would b a runner

This was absolute tosh.

We have coach painted it (nearly finished) basically welded entire new wheel arches, replaced the breaks, serviced it, replaced all the tyres and finally got it out of the poor womans driveway!

We have got it mot'd, it needs a new battery (long story) and I imagine a good clean but is generally okay

We also need to replace the back window which some genius decided to replace with perspecs and cover in a tacky fake stained glassed window effect.

The back is trashed, it needs a bed built in it, new kitchen, basically a complete refit.. But Liam's a carpenter and my best friend (whose driveway it's in now) is a seamstress so I think we will be okay!

We were hoping to get it running and sorted by this summer, so we could at least do one festival in it... We would like it to sleep three adults, so the kids can top n tail in a single bed and me and Liam can have the double...

Expect lots of silly questions from me, I don't have a clue and Liam is illiterate with computers...

Phil has already been a great help!

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Welcome to the club fi,Sounds like you have your work cut out but it will be worth it.I found mine in a shed a year ago and it took a bit of work just to put it on the road,but i`ll tell you its great fun and i wouldnt change it.I`m sure liam will not swear too much lol.Enjoy.

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Sun 29 Jan 2012 @ 22:35 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Hi and welcome to then the best Bedford site on the net.
Richard & Judith

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Mon 30 Jan 2012 @ 19:02 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Welcome.

Hi,

Hope you get the old Bedford on the road for the summer, maybe even this one,ah ah!
I know from my own old Bedford that just as you think you can see light at the end of the tunnel, but then it turns out to be some bugger with a torch and another list of more jobs to done.

Doug.

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Mon 30 Jan 2012 @ 20:22 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Ah she's part of the family now :)

Will upload pictures at some point!
Mon 30 Jan 2012 @ 23:11 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Welcome to the finest collection of likeminded eccentrics on the planet! Sounds like you have an adventure on your hands but you will meet plenty of friends here and lots of willing advice and help. Theres plenty of experts here in different areas so dont be worried about asking!

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Mon 30 Jan 2012 @ 23:13 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Welcome to the club theres lots of help on here if you get stuck with anything.
Dave

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Tue 31 Jan 2012 @ 07:34 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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welcome yourll find loads of help here there a labor of love although ive not got a clue when it comes to doing things on ours but we love her good luck
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