Back in 2017 the sister company of the firm I work for bought a Bedford O Type from Moretonhampstead motor museum, they had owned it since Bradworthy transport museum sold off their collection in 2010. It was the long time dream of our chairman to buy one & make a replica of the first vehicle his father operated back when he started in transport. We put it through our workshops & stripped it down to a chassis, gave it a refurb & painted it in the original fleet colours. This was carried out over a 3 month period but we were then delayed another 4 months as the original identity had dropped off the DVLA system & we had to be issued with an age related number, a shame but not the end of the world. Anyway, being the resident vintage enthusiast, it is up to me to take it out & about to events. The little truck was named Peggy after the chairman's late mother. Sadly I can't access my many photos of her but if you go to www.moodylogistics.co.uk and have a look in the photo gallery & scroll down, you'll see her in all her glory. I took her on the Tyne Tees Run last year where I bumped into a reporter who did a fabulous 6 page article in the Classic & Vintage Commercial magazine, I've done several small local shows over the last couple of seasons, I did the Northumberland Coast & Castles road run in April & if I make it back from Bristol I'm off to Beamish Museum on Sunday (where we won best commercial last year)
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2019 21:24:06 GMT by stirlingmg
Thanks for that, it was quite intensive doing it all in 3 months but when you don't have budget restraints & also the back up of probably the best parts supplier I've ever come across then it really is achievable. If that was mine I'd probably still be on with it in another 15 years time
That's lovely, I do like an old commercial, and that signwriting is splendid. I had "proper" signwriting on the first purpose built tow truck I built, but the last one got vinyl lettering, because I knew the truck was going to have a linited lifespan, (less than 5 years), and my nextdoor neighbour got the vinyl lettering and did it for me free.
I had a big part in building this up from pretty much a bare chassis. Got it all together and running, and then it was sold and the buyer did the finishing off and painting and made a really nice job of it.
This was my grandfather's Bedford in 1947, with a Brighton registration and my father standing by it, he would have been 23. It would have cost about £236 ! Your lovely 2 ton Long Bedford Lorry with drop sides would have cost £250 or £236 if it was a similar body on a 2 ton short chassis. I have a brochure but there is no date on it. There was a range of 23 different vans or lorries. When I can get my scanner to work I will post pages from it.