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#21 Posted : Saturday, 24 March 2018 4:45:25 PM(UTC)
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So wthe the risk of sounding daft eh was 63 64 the small label has 9 11 60 does that inticate the year of manafacture or is it random numbers i am still trying to find the original owner he is still kicking and lives in rockhampton thay would be the last thing i need i think cheers
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#22 Posted : Saturday, 24 March 2018 5:06:36 PM(UTC)
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That is the PSN, just a sequential number. I don’t have enough QLD EH to HR to pick a build date so i’ve asked someone else, will let you know when I get an answer.
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#23 Posted : Saturday, 24 March 2018 6:00:21 PM(UTC)
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Ok thank you if i can get a old rego number or papers that will help but i look forward to hearing from u cheers
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#24 Posted : Monday, 26 March 2018 8:03:48 PM(UTC)
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If you're wondering what year it was made, a mate of mine bought a J3D a few weeks ago and we dated it by looking at the date code tag on the original radiator.
If it has its original glass you can work out the year by looking at the date codes on each of the windows too.
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#25 Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2018 9:12:16 AM(UTC)
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I asked the numbers guru on this one. That PSN dates to late EJ. PSN's reset at the start of EH apparently. So it is Valley plant assembly sometime in 1963 prior to EH volume production. Cab was most likely built, painted and hard trimmed at Woodville then freighted to QLD Valley plant where the truck was assembled. Not certain about the chassis, but based upon recent evidence here on Holden chassis transport I wouldn't mind betting the chassis was also built at Woodville and freighted.

I kinda like your idea about keeping it original, but if you are forced into an engine upgrade i'd be maybe trying to find an engine and maybe bellhousing or if not whole box out of a later (70's) 292 Chev 6 powered Bedford. You might even find a whole shagged truck so you get all the other stuff you need too like mounts, radiator tanks etc if they are different. Failing that not sure what modern engine short of a big SBC or BBC that would give you the torque required. You might be able to fit a big 6cyl diesel out of an 80's truck, like a 6L or 7L beastie.
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#26 Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2018 4:37:06 PM(UTC)
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Hey thank you all very much im very grateful i will be starting on it friday to getting it running better with carby kit and timing light in hand i will check the glass dates and let u know cheers all
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#27 Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2018 5:19:02 PM(UTC)
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It might be worth the trouble of getting the carby to a carb specialist. I've never been able to get them to go as well with a kit as carby shops seem to be able to do. It is like $350 for a full overhaul on a Quadrajet, so I can't see an old Bedford carb being more than a few hundred.
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#28 Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2018 6:53:16 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: HK1837 Go to Quoted Post
It might be worth the trouble of getting the carby to a carb specialist. I've never been able to get them to go as well with a kit as carby shops seem to be able to do. It is like $350 for a full overhaul on a Quadrajet, so I can't see an old Bedford carb being more than a few hundred.


Mate, He's keen to do it himself. most of us prefer to do our own work and "give it a go". It's just a carby kit and a good look at the timing. Go for it raffi4698.
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#29 Posted : Wednesday, 28 March 2018 5:42:12 AM(UTC)
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It might be worth the trouble of getting the carby to a carb specialist. I've never been able to get them to go as well with a kit as carby shops seem to be able to do. It is like $350 for a full overhaul on a Quadrajet, so I can't see an old Bedford carb being more than a few hundred.


Mate, He's keen to do it himself. most of us prefer to do our own work and "give it a go". It's just a carby kit and a good look at the timing. Go for it raffi4698.


I got that and still stand by my statement as 100% correct. I'd do it myself too, as in remove it give it a clean and post off to a carby shop, then refit it once it gets back a week later. I know from experience that any time I have ever "just put a carby kit" into a carby they have never worked near as well as when properly overhauled.

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#30 Posted : Wednesday, 28 March 2018 7:36:22 AM(UTC)
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You guys are both right i am a tinkera buth if i cant get it right ill call a brains trust and if i really mess it up ill pay money and typical tight arse lol. I have a friend you has a natural hand for petrol engine from all the years of racing speedway at the moment thought standing beside it is like watching phatom of the opera it would bring tears to your eyes (apparently). I has a list of parts on there way down to a original fuel but to replace the electric one that has been fitted. I am interested in your thoughts on the best way to go with the paint it has been repainted at some stage of its life and im yet to find a single hole from rust but i do like the result from what they do with ratrods preserving the old look paint whats your thoughts on it as far as paint treatment. Initially i thought i would just clean it throughly to see it in its natural state then sort it out so the engine ran nicely i have concerns of a burnt valve hence the carby and timing lights as it currently back firing through the exhaust.
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#31 Posted : Friday, 30 March 2018 7:15:14 PM(UTC)
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Burnt valve? compression test. backfiring exhaust? timing, burn't points, bodgy spark plug.

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#32 Posted : Sunday, 1 April 2018 12:50:08 PM(UTC)
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I thought it might of had a birnt valve from the unleaded fuel but it might of been timing and the fact the oil bath was full of milky oil making it draw really hard. So im just waiting on the manual to nail down the right way to time it since there is no degree marks on the front for the timing light. I did get the diff split cable free and now the diff split works. And got the brakes working a breather hole was blocked from a hornet. We took stock of the hoses that need replacing. And order new brake hoses to be safe the center bearing on the drive needs replacing so a bit of work left to do but progress has been made
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#33 Posted : Sunday, 1 April 2018 2:51:24 PM(UTC)
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Just a tip, if you go with a diesel conversion be aware that your playing with what is essentially a truck designed for Britain. The radiator will not be big enough. We had a D model Bedford and it had been converted to a 6 Isuzu donk and 5 speed. It boiled its head off all the time. The D model is fairly uncommon.
Bedford’s really got shown up when International stayed building ACCOs here.
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#34 Posted : Sunday, 3 June 2018 6:17:08 PM(UTC)
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Hi guys looking for the correct plugs for the 300ci engine and link to a new dissy or part like cap rotir wct please thank u
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