The Bedford Story – Part 1

Wandering idly down the beach the other day, as you do on a Sunday morning, Excitable Partner spotted a Bedford 3-ton truck.

When he is not lusting after Forward Controls, or 101s (these are all Land Rovers) he wants a Bedford truck. Hmmm.

“Hi can I take a photo of your truck?”

“Yeah, course you can. No problem. Most people don’t ask.”

The guy was English. He and his woman and very young daughter told us they were travelling up the coast having spent some time in Portugal and Gibraltar.

Boring talk about truck then ensued.

Age: 50 (the truck this is)

History: museum, and two previous owners

Price seven years ago: £1200

Engine: 5.5 diesel out of a later Bedford truck

Problems: none really

Mileage: well low, 9000 when it came out of the museum

Cruising speed: 45mph

The woman finally appeared so we talked about other things. Glastonbury. Police. Travelling. Home births. Sign language for babies. I know little about these last two and am not planning to experience either. Actually I know nothing about the first two either.

Off we went after nearly an hour chatting in the increasingly hot sun.

A day or two later doing the Shopping Run in the Santana, Helpful Partner returned home with Bedford Truck Man (BTM). He’d met him in town where he was wandering round looking for hose that goes from the air intake to the oil bath.

It seemed his had exploded. His engine was overheating. He was struggling round town trying to find somewhere to buy the right hose. His Spanish was pretty minimal.

Unfortunately the local shopping town is not the buying-hose-for-trucks-town. Or EP90 as we have just found out. A guy in one of the garages was telling him that the next town, only a short walk away in the middle of the day (hah) would have the right hoses.

So Helpful Partner junked off the shopping and off they went in search of the elusive hose………..

………..More later……radiators, fans and water pumps…


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