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Post by Roo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:02 pm

Hi all,

Here's a couple of pics of my newly purchased Bedford CF Auto-Sleeper smile! 




Am I right in thinking this is the SV100 model? I have found a brochure online suggesting that to be the case. however, the interior layout is slightly different. Saying that, the wood underneath the seats has been played with so it would be good to know one way or another. I'll be asking a few questions as and when I get time to work on him. Plus posting photo's when I'm at home and its daylight! (Go to work in the dark, come home in the dark so_sad )
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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Paulmold on Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:30 pm

The monocoque shell looks really good, hope you find the rest as good.. Can't believe you paid so little for it.

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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by -mojo- on Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:11 pm

Roo wrote:
Am I right in thinking this is the SV100 model? I have found a brochure online suggesting that to be the case. however, the interior layout is slightly different.
In my experience, slight variations on vans of that age aren't unusual. We had a van - ordered from A-S new - of exactly the same year but Transit-based, and A-S were happy to make minor interior mods at our request, at the factory while it was being built.
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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:29 am

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Roo wrote:
Am I right in thinking this is the SV100 model? I have found a brochure online suggesting that to be the case. however, the interior layout is slightly different.
In my experience, slight variations on vans of that age aren't unusual. We had a van - ordered from A-S new - of exactly the same year but Transit-based, and A-S were happy to make minor interior mods at our request, at the factory while it was being built.
Ah thanks, Its strange, the layout looks original but with the table assembled its doesn't flow very well. One long bench and a square table. You realistically could only have two people at it and then it wouldn't be that comfortable. I emailed A-S but they weren't very helpful for whatever reason.

Paulmold wrote:The monocoque shell looks really good, hope you find the rest as good.. Can't believe you paid so little for it.
Thanks, how do you know how much I paid? confused3  The rest is pretty good (from what I've seen) but as with any vehicle this age, the cab is the area that needs most attention.
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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Paulmold on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:34 am

Completed listing on Ebay

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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:38 am

Paulmold wrote:Completed listing on Ebay
I didn't buy it from ebay... smile!
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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:44 am

Yes it had been on a couple of times. Fetching varying prices.
I bought it privately, as advertised elsewhere. I paid more than that but it was still a good buy (in my opinion) especially compared to the one at KGF!

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Post by Paulmold on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:49 am

I wonder why the sale was never completed. Anyway, it's yours now and as a classic enthusiast I'll sure you sort anything it needs doing. As a matter of interest what classic cars do you show? I had a period of about 5 years of owning classics - Spitfire, Vitesse Convertible and Daimler Sovereign (XJ6) which I used for wedding hire.

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Post by Roo on Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:13 pm

I'm into my modern classics so have a Volvo 244, range Rover classic, rover tickford turbo, XR3i etc. :)
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Post by Roo on Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:01 pm

Well its been a few weeks since I updated this so I thought, given the work I've done recently a few pictures are in order.
My Interior had been 'reconfigured' badly. Fortunately, the only part affected was the main seating area. However, the further back I went, the more I found. Soon it wasn't just a case of returning the layout back to how it should be but also a re-trim new curtains and damp issues.

First up was to check the services. Fortunately, everything works as it should. the boiler fires up, the heater works, the fridge cools and the cooker cooks. :). My only issue is the waste tank has no bung in the drain hole. But overall, I was happy with the results.
I have my first outing booked for the easter weekend so all the major work needs to be done by then.

So, pictures.
As it was:





Work Begins! (=mess unfolds)


High quality workmanship


Speaker wiring:




Water tank had been moved with extended pipework...



More high quality craftsmanship. (not a straight edge in sight)


The only saving grace was that most of the original woodwork had been used so I was able to mock up the original layout.






The pipework removed. Random selection of pipes, plastic, copper and washing machine drain pipe.


Fresh water system, yes that is grime in the pipe...


Window leak discovered, this is the back of the backrest.


I was fortunate enough to remove a tieback purely by chance and found it had been got at!


Removing the material revealed the original underneath. Anyone know where I can get curtain material like this?


Other nice finds were:
Original seat material


and the original kitchen floor:

Of which I have sourced an original roll.  smile! 

There is so much still to do obviously but I feel like I'm making progress. Today new ribbed carpet arrived from Woolies trim for the seat boxes and around the window area.
I still need to find a supplier for the seat cushions though.

That's about it for now!
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Post by modelman on Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:02 pm

Looking good, I bet you're loving it, I certainly would, keep us informed ( & pics ) as you go along.

You can see how the 'marque' has evolved over time.

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Post by Roo on Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:24 pm

modelman wrote:Looking good, I bet you're loving it, I certainly would, keep us informed ( & pics ) as you go along.

You can see how the 'marque' has evolved over time.

Thanks. It wasn't supposed to end up like this, but the more I looked at it and the more I found had been botched, the more I wanted it to be right. Peace of mind too, knowing the leaks have been fixed. It was so dirty as well so new fabrics and carpets will help no-end.
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Post by Dutto on Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:10 pm

Hi there,

Brilliant Post and well done on the work.  (On another Post one of the Members referred to a previous owner as a "wood-butcher"; and I think you may have bought his twin brothers efforts!)

With regard to cushions, may I suggest that you go to the nearest coastal resort to where you live.  In the Skegness area we have quite a number of companies that supply bespoke upholstery to the local static caravan trade and there should be similar companies near the Cambridgeshire coast.

Hope this helps.  allthumbz 

Best regards,
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PS  A ten-minute job on "Petal" usually takes at least two hours so keep at it as Easter is only three months away!  up!

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Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Another progress update,
Work was done on the seat boxes at the weekend. Myself and my dad completed one and he is going to complete the second and carpet both this week.
Wood replaced:



Rebuilding:



I've also found some original Vauxhall seat material and intend to use it on the two front seats. I happen to have two Ford Escort Recaro's. Material ordered and seamstress booked!



Carpeted boxes pictures soon.  smile!
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Post by Roo on Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:30 pm

Some more progress.  smile! 
Seat boxes have progressed well. Both now finished. I am waiting for my carpet to be delivered and a dry(!) weekend to remove and reseal the side windows before refitting them. I am extremely happy with the way they have turned out.




Front seats have been mounted on the CF boxes.


I have now fitted these back into the MH and they are so much more comfortable! I will retrim them at a later date.



I've found some period curtains and carpet
Curtains. 4x 60x90 curtains from a charity shop. £15 bargain. I have someone lined up to make them into a set for the camper.

Carpet:
Brand new but in the style of the original.


I have managed to get hold of some original air filters to replace the hideous K&N that is currently fitted. These are hard to come by so I bought 4 (2 required per filter change) to future proof the MH for a while.

I presume the last time they were changed, was a long long time ago!

and finally, I have selected and purchased some period crockery for the MH.  smile! 
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Post by Paulmold on Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:55 pm

You are doing a cracking job, looks great, looking forward to seeing more.

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Post by modelman on Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:48 pm

Its going to be a cracker when its done, great job, it'll be like a new van.

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Post by algy on Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:56 pm

Well it all looks really good, your doing a great job, a bit jealous really I love these types of jobs, keep us posted.
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Post by Roo on Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:19 pm

Thanks all. The plan is to do the internals this year then focus on the bodywork next winter. Although saying that, I have bought two good s/h doors which will go on soon.  

I've also bought a split charge system and will be making a new wiring loom for the stereo as well as rewiring the glow plug solenoid system. It's scarily dangerous at the moment!
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Post by Admin on Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:47 pm

Great thread Roo

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Post by Roo on Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:05 pm

No pressure!  smile! 

An update from the weekend...
Glow plug wiring removed and rewired. I wont bore you with pics, they are just wires but this was why I was doing it:

The red wire was direct from the battery. no fuse.

Next up, my split charge system. Just trial fitting in this picture. I also need to get a battery box/bracket + cover.


Then new filters:


and finally, the first of 3 window removals and refits:





My brother is a windscreen fitter to trade, so at the weekend he came over and made a start on sealing the three main windows. All leak to some degree and with the sealer being so old, and bodged over with new sealer over the years the best option was to remove, clean and re-seal using modern windscreen bond. One down, two to go. but the differences are noticeable already. I have a 1/3rd dry motorhome now!
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Post by modelman on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:28 pm

Hi, you're doing great work there, but it may pay to pull those cables, make the hole bigger 
& fit a rubber cable grommet, they look a bit tight & chaffing on a sharp edge might result in some sparks!!

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Post by Roo on Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:15 pm

modelman wrote:Hi, you're doing great work there, but it may pay to pull those cables, make the hole bigger 
& fit a rubber cable grommet, they look a bit tight & chaffing on a sharp edge might result in some sparks!!

Goodness, that's not my handiwork! That was the glow plug wiring before I rewired, one of the reasons for doing it. Along with the live wire routed over the engine and it being made up of 4 different pieces of wire. Now it's a single run and through the bulkhead in a hole with a grommet fitted.
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Post by inspiredron on Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:25 pm

Your curtain material looks like William Morris. We recovered a suite using it about 15 years ago. It is still available if you need more.

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