James's Bedford D3 tipper truck

jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
edited March 2018 in Non-Volvo
(I'll update the title once I've confirmed the year of manufacture)

I've started this project. The truck is on a property a friend of mine recently bought, and it was more or less an ornament, however on closer inspection, despite being pretty rough on the eyes, it seemed to have it where it counted. It took only half an hour or so to get it running and driving, the lights work, the voltage regulator seems to be bypassed so you can't rev it too high or you overvolt everything. Hell even the fuel system, despite a strong smell of varnish, wasn't clogged and the engine actually run after some basic work to unstick the moving parts of the Zenith carburettor.





A fortnight later I came back to the property, which is out near Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains, and went over the wiring with a multimeter. Despite being absolutely trashed, insulation mostly missing, bare wire everywhere, somehow there were no shorts, and I hesitantly connected a battery and was delighted to see the battery and oil pressure lights come on. Some of the parkers work, one of the headlights works, the indicators have all been disconnected, but there's still a switch on the steering column for them so I expect I'll restore them to working order later on.

The voltage regulator is broken and has either been bypassed or is simply not doing anything to regulate voltage.

The brake pedal was seized, and some love taps unstuck it but the brake system is ruined so there's no brakes or even a handbrake.

There's a transfer case under the cab that can engage the mechanical tipper. We unstuck the moving parts, but the cable to engage the transfer case had rusted out (it's basically a bicycle brake cable, which is what I'll replace it with), so I don't yet know if that will work.

There's about 90 degrees of slop in the steering column courtesy of a worn steering box and worn rubber bush in the column.

There's surface rust absolutely everywhere, but very little rot, so I think I'll tear down the cab and go through it with a sandblaster and clean up the few bits of rust I found.

The chassis appears to be in good health, but I won't be able to confirm until I get the transfer case working and can lift the bed to inspect it more closely.

The tyres need replacing, they are vintage tyres, tube 700-20 or 650-20 if you don't mind less carrying capacity, I've found a gentleman who imports Firestone white walls from the US at $450/pop fitted with tubes and rust belts.

The radiator has a leak on one of the side tanks, and the fitting at the cap for the overflow has snapped. Otherwise it looks okay, and it's copper so it might be a repair job rather than replacement.

The to-do list is:
  1. Rebuild brake system
  2. Fix handbrake (cable is rusted out/snapped I think)
  3. Fix/replace voltage regulator and rewire entire truck
  4. Rebuild carb
  5. Rebuild fuel pump
  6. Have radiator repaired
  7. media blast cab
  8. Repair rust and epoxy cab
  9. Replace window seals
  10. Re-upholster or replace seats
  11. Replace tyres


  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Here's some photos and video from last weekend taken by a buddy

  • Recaro Race seat and LS1 conversion....

    Must have more Drift Truck....
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Nah, I want a usable truck. Recaro seat isn't totally out of the question though.
  • gavinhGav @gavinh Parmelia, Perth
    That's great, will be one to follow if your gonna do a thread
  • Vee_QueVee_Que @Vee_Que South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    It's not uncommon to have something like that, but the comfort version.
  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Love the patina, shame to lose it.
    An old school mate got an international he put over an HQ chassis with a 350 in there, much to my dismay blasted off what was perfectly aged produce store, farm supplier logos from a small northern Victorian town, ohh I cried...
    Now it's just a boring black truck. Some people!
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Don't worry Les, if I paint it I'll have a new old logo and pinstriping done
  • Put recaro seats in a '36 Chev coupe ute ... would do again.....
  • Shame you're not in Melbourne I have my families haulage stencil from the 1930's
  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    Very kool.
    Did the business carry on till today?
  • edited March 2018
    I don't want to hijack the thread.... but... Thats was is the 30's before the trucks they ran draft horses and up until a few years ago there was still a Leury running bricks for Boral. And for the people of Melbourne that is the Hoffmans Brickworks in Brunswick.
    On the original post if you're interested James and it can be done you're welcome to use the stencil. Funny enough the stencil is framed on the wall at my house which is the original house from the 1890's.
    I do have some of the original truck manuals but I don't I have a Bedford. I'll double check.
  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Love the story!
    My brother worked at pgh bricks but I think Hoffman was gone the.
    He built his new extension on home with old Melbourne red bricks, must see if any Hoffman!
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    On the original post if you're interested James and it can be done you're welcome to use the stencil
    I was going to do a new stencil. Specifically I want to stylise something anachronistic, like "JD's Devops Engineering Services" or something like that
  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    What about a signwtiter/artist painting it like the old school way of signage?
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Yes, that's the idea
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    @Dauntless I'm still planning to go up to Mt Victoria this weekend, are you still around?
  • @Dauntless I'm still planning to go up to Mt Victoria this weekend, are you still around?
    Yep should be. Let me know what you plan to do, and I'll get an idea of what I need to bring.
  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    If you have Whitworth sockets...
  • Don't AF tools fit Whitworth fasteners?
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