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    1975 Bedford CF autosleeper

    Hi all, after coming to the conclusion the 1.8 in my camper was not only lacking on power but mega thursty on fuel, I decided to squeeze a V8 in there . At least then it can be thirsty as a greater speed than 40mph.
    The plan is to fit the V8 with a chevy rear axle as close to 3.5:1 as I can get to sort out the power and cruising speed issue she had. The exterior of the van is to be tidied up and re-sprayed in the same dark blue and the wife is going to have a go at Bomber plane style nose art on the front doors . I also have a set of steel 8 spoke wheels to go on her when i have the chevy axle and hubs sorted. TrevD has also done some ally work for me so I can use a 2BBL Holley instead of those soppy SU's

    The story so far.....

    All the front is stripped out, front panel is removed and the carpet and seats from the cab is stripped out. I am doing this the hard way, and not lifting the front of the van off its front suspension and cross member, this is due to my lifting frame deciding to fold on me, which frightened the poo out of me and set me back quite a bit.

    I have had to remove the engine from the big hole in the front which sounds easier than it is. I was going to remove the head first so I just had to lift the block out, but the exhaust manifold bolt heads for that have rusted away to nowt and some of the head bolts are under the manifold, so the cooked 1800 had to come out in one piece.

    Bloody stupid place to put an engine!!! lol
    Engine mounts are now cut off and the metal work that surrounds the engine has been cleaned and painted black. I will do the rest of the bulkhead when I fit halogen headlamps.

    I have removed the water tank from under the van as this was in the way of the new transmission and guess what? It was very full, of very stagnant water and it went everywhere, so I jumped in the shower quick. The van had been standing for 5 years when I bought it and I didn't put the water in there, I bet there was some lovely infections/illnesses waiting to happen in there, it certainly smelt bad enough.
    After pretty much dropping the engine through the van onto the ground underneath (whoops) I have finally managed to man handle it to where I think it wants to be. Progress is a lot slower than I expected or wanted but this is a proper awkward job. After this I think I'll stick to vehicles with the engine under the bonnet and not the floor!! I really should have arranged for another body to give me a hand with this as I needed to be at the front of the van while also being underneath and inside, all at the same time.






    I will update the thread as I make progress, hopefully this weekend (weather permitting) I will be cutting out the floor to make room for the heads and welding the new engine mounts in.

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    Re: 1975 Bedford CF autosleeper

    Got home from work today to find my wife Jo has designed this for the nose art,


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    Re: 1975 Bedford CF autosleeper

    cool
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    Re: 1975 Bedford CF autosleeper

    Looks like it`s a nice van,definately a good idea chucking a rover in it.I think you may end up cutting the rest of the front of the van open,especially if that lump needs to go in and out a few times.Good luck
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    Re: 1975 Bedford CF autosleeper

    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    I think you may end up cutting the rest of the front of the van open,especially if that lump needs to go in and out a few times.Good luck
    The plan is to create enough room in the floor so if need be the engine can be stripped down to just a block in situe. That way the front of the van can stay as it is as it will only ever be the block that needs to be passed trough that piddley little hole. But I also hope that once the motor is in and built up I never need to touch it again apart from servicing......

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    Hi all, its been a few weeks since I have touched this due to a few issues with our home but I have been out playing again. Not much to update but progress is being made (slowly). Engine mounts are welded in, and the hole in the floor has grown to accomodate the bigger motor. When I have been working on her progress has been very slow due to me being over fussy and measuring and marking things out 400 times before cutting and welding :* . I have made enough room for one of the heads to go on but have just ran out of cutting discs. Hopefully next weekend I will heve the other head on and the engine will be in a state where I can crank it over and then I will start making up the new engine harness for the electronic ignition, gauges etc.




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    Have been busy again today



    All thats left to do to get it running is plum in the cooling system and make the engine wiring loom. I will also be welding angle iron around the engine hole to serve two purposes, 1. to replace any strength I might have taken from the floor, and 2. to attach the bigger engine cover to when I make it.

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    well you made that look easy !! it will be cool van when finished well done

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    Thanks man . It's not a hard job really, once you get the floor out there is plenty of room for the motor, its just getting it in the hole thats the hard part.

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    Not much happening lately, it keeps bloody raining and I need to roll around under her to connect the starter, inhibitor and reverse switch and the exhaust needs hooking up. The front is pretty much back together though, complete with US Police style push bar .

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