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    As you may have noticed by the thread that I put up I've had one or two Bedford CFs. One of the main problems I found was the Delco distributor which can be changed for a Bosch electronic conversion which I would highly recommend. I found the four speed gearbox to be well under geared and so I opted for the Laycock overdrive, this in turn upped the fuel economy to 21mpg. On the earlier vehicles the headlamp switch could become problematic. Engine spares are getting harder to find nowadays, the rope oil seal on the crankshaft was a pure nightmare as well as the tappit box cover oil seal which had to be stuck down. Apart from all this I truly enjoyed my years with Bedford CFs but it was just time to move on.

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    1600 and 2000 engines have valve/piston clearance problems, but the 1800 and 2300 do not.

    I worked at a Vauxhall/Bedford dealership in the 1970's when these were introduced, and they weren't that bad, especially compared to the old CA vans.

    The gearbox on the 35cwt vans had modified bearings with nylon cages to keep noise down, I think Ford were using the taper seat plugs as well, the Delco distributor was a bit of a problem, especially as nothing else used it apart from the Victor car.

    They made a few of them, but most went out in primer to customers or bodybuilders so were unprotected until painted.

    The long rocker cover oil filter was an early casualty, that was shortened and a stiffener brazed in between the filler pipe and rocker cover.

    Perkins engines were used to provide a diesel, but they were underpowered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by listerdiesel View Post
    the Delco distributor was a bit of a problem, especially as nothing else used it apart from the Victor car.
    Hello peter,
    As I mentioned earlier I had the Bosch conversion that was fitted to the late 2.3 slant engine. Though the distributor looked the same as a normal Bosch distributor I believe it ran backwards. Attaching this distributor to the engine required a very large round base plate; it took me a long time to find somebody that would sell me these parts, in fact, I had to buy them one bit at a time but was a huge improvement to the running of the engine. To overcome the gearbox problems quite a few people used the Transit type 9 gearbox with an adaptor plate, the reason the Transit box was preferred was due to the gear lever being on the side and not at the rear.

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    i had a cf2 2.3 petrol ex minibus for a couple of years about 20 years ago. nowt memorable about it, was never brave enough to check the mpg, i dont recall any mechanical issues with it , just died of rust.

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    Thanks everyone for your advice! We are actually going to borrow the camper for the weekend to get it looked over and see how we get on with it. Don't want to say we will buy it and neither of us like driving it for more than 5 minutes!

    I have a feeling we will go for it though as we really love it. May regret it later from looking at some of your posts!!! But ahh well... Lifes lessons hey haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by christyjade View Post
    Hi guys, was originally planning on converting a van but struggling to find something local (I'm on the Isle of Man so a small market!). The attached has come up for sale and wanted some opinions if possible....? Anything to look for if I go test it? Anyone owns / owned one? Thank you!
    I used to own one years ago, although reliable it started having a lot of rust issues, in the end I had to scrap it because it was costing me a fortune to keep ahead of the rust. In your case to pay nearly 4000 and then pay out a lot more for bodywork repairs is not a good idea in my opinion. I would look for something else for that sort of money.

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    having reconsidered the issue , converting a a more modern panel van has to be the better option imho

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldvconvoy View Post
    I used to own one years ago, although reliable it started having a lot of rust issues, in the end I had to scrap it because it was costing me a fortune to keep ahead of the rust. In your case to pay nearly 4000 and then pay out a lot more for bodywork repairs is not a good idea in my opinion. I would look for something else for that sort of money.
    Quote Originally Posted by ricc View Post
    having reconsidered the issue , converting a a more modern panel van has to be the better option imho

    Yes we have been looking for a panel van now since January!! Due to the very small market on the Isle of Man it's difficult to find a decent vehicle, and with no MOTs the ones we have seen in our price range are a bit of a state

    We were planning on offering circa 2,500 for the Bedford as they have already dropped the price and think they want rid as they have bought a new 7.5m fancy motorhome to replace it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christyjade View Post
    Yes we have been looking for a panel van now since January!! Due to the very small market on the Isle of Man it's difficult to find a decent vehicle, and with no MOTs the ones we have seen in our price range are a bit of a state

    We were planning on offering circa 2,500 for the Bedford as they have already dropped the price and think they want rid as they have bought a new 7.5m fancy motorhome to replace it!!
    If you could get it at that price and just get a few years out of it, it would be worth it in my opinion.

    I paid 10k for my last van, kept it for 5 years and sold it for 4k. It owed us nothing, we had countless holidays in it and met many new friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by christyjade View Post
    Yes we have been looking for a panel van now since January!! Due to the very small market on the Isle of Man it's difficult to find a decent vehicle, and with no MOTs the ones we have seen in our price range are a bit of a state

    We were planning on offering circa 2,500 for the Bedford as they have already dropped the price and think they want rid as they have bought a new 7.5m fancy motorhome to replace it!!
    if you can get it for two and a half then ok .but please check for rot ,rust is nothing and can be treated and kept on top of ,just a word of warning though that body work could run into a rather tidy sum ,especially with that what looks to be metallic finish its notoriously difficult to match properly and that colour my not be a stock colour especially for that year of van . if its base coat and lacquer then you may find that a complete panel will need to be sprayed as you cannot realy get a good lasting finish with the lacquer unless the whole panel is sprayed ,you cannot realy do a local paint job on one area of the panel ,
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    in the process of hunting for another tin shed on wheels
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