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If you like old UK Classic Commercial Vans, Pick-Up’s & Ute’s ... You’ll like it here !!

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    Hands up who has seen one of these lately .... not many of
you I bet. The Bedford PC van was introduced in September 1948
when it replaced the almost identical Bedford JC van. From the
very few that have survived, the earliest I have come across is a
1951 version. The vans were 10 or 12 cwt with a very good load
space of 120 cu ft, this was helped along with a 1442 cc four
cylinder engine producing 34 bhp at 3,500 rmp and a three speed
column change with synchromesh on the top two gears. The
column change replaced the earlier floor change in the previous
Bedford JC van and although the rear suspension was a common
semi-elliptic leaf spring layout, with lever arm hydraulic shock absorbers, the front was a much more complex
independent unit with torsion bars and swinging arms, this was made by Andre Dubonnet. This independent
suspension was high maintenance and if not kept up, was not very durable. Dubonnet registered numerous
                                                                       automotive patents in his career including his suspension system
                                                                       to the car industry, he sold patent rights for his designs to Alfa
                                                                      Romeo, General Motors, Fiat, Chevrolet and Delahaye. I am sure PC
                                                                      vans have been considered for restoration over the years, only to
                                                                      be dropped after the thought of rebuilding the front Dubonnet
                                                                      suspension, this very same fact must have also sent a few to the
                                                                      scrap yard being too expensive to repair, replace or find parts for.
                                                                         The PC van has a separate metal channel chassis with bodywork
                                                                     made from steel attached to a wooden framework, the roof ( shown
                                                                                below left ) is made from wooden braces the length of the
                                                                                roof with cross braces and a stretched fabric covering. The
                                                                                wheels were similar in design to the Fordson and were Black
                                                                                in colour with matching hubcaps, primer was the main option
                                                                                when buying a PC van but Black or Green were available as
                                                                                                                                     optional extra colours. The
                                                                                                                                     side doors were suicide
                                                                                                                                     doors, a front bumper only
                                                                                                                                     was fitted along with one
                                                                                                                                     drivers side mounted mirror.
                                                                                                                                       The only badges were a
                                                                                                                                     Bedford griffin and Bedford
                                                                                                                                     badge on the radiator grille.
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