Frequently Asked Questions

The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.), The Model No. and Year can be found on the I.D. Plates:    The V.I.N. Plate is the small “GM”(General Motors) plate.

 The K.M.O Models:
The ID Plate can be found on the L/H side Firewall.

 TA,TD & TJ. Model: [R Series 4WD]
The ID Plate is on the L/H seat base or on the side of the L/H Firewall.

 T.K.Cabin Model: (K Series) [years1960-1966]
If the cabin is original the ID plate can be found by opening the L/H door the plate is right in front
of you below the passenger seat. on the L/H side Firewall and also the side of the L/H seat base.

 T.K. Cabin Model: (E & S Series) (M Series 4 WD) [Years 1967-1981]. 
Open up the L/H engine inspection cover; it is on the plate on the firewall behind the passenger seat.

 All Other Models:

Lift up Bonnet, ID Plate is on the Firewall – L/Hand side.
There is a misconception in the TJ”Range that they are all “J” Models. The “J” Series finished in 1966
and the “C” Series started in 1967.


The chassis number is most commonly located near the left-hand front Spring “front hanger”stamped into the chassis rail facing outwards.

Some Earlier 1930s , 1940’s  and some buses can have the chassis number stamped into the chassis rail facing outwards, but around the left-hand front Spring “rear hanger”.

Also, up to around 1954, a chassis number Metal tag can be found riveted to the right hand, front chassis rail top flange near the Steering box.


The first thing to do is to check your ratio, from that we can tell you what ratio to use for your requirements. The taller the gearing, the more road speed you will achieve but the more engine power you will need.

Turn both rear wheels at the same time, one [1] revolution in the same direction and count how many turns of tail-shaft.
e.g. one turn of both wheels 6¾-7 turns of tail-shaft = 6.8.

 Just over 6 turns = 6.2 etc.


SINGLE SPEED DIFF.- 16″ WHEEL [Approx.1960/81]
For most 16″ Wheel Models,the Highway ratio available for the single speed is a 4.7-1.
This will give you 100kph at 2700r.

SINGLE  SPEED DIFF. 20″ WHEEL [Approx.1960/81]

The Highway ratio available for the single speed is a 5.2-1.
This will give you 100kph at 3000r.p.m Remembering there will be less engine power.



The quickest ratio Bedford made in a 2 speed is 5.8-1. Not as quick as the single speed, but the advantage is that you’ve got more gears to climb hills easier.

Still 100kph at 3200r.p.m.

We do a conversion into most Trucks & Buses, fully reconditioned complete from drum or drum or S/Hand.

This all depends on your Model.

All based on 8.25 Tyre Size.



The third option is an O/Drive Gearbox. We have found the Bedford Turner 300 to be the best all rounder. It fits all the medium to bigger Bedford engines.


(Approx. 1960-81)

We do V8 conversions.There are obvious performance benefits with V8 conversions and now with L.P.G. you can get Economy and Power.


All restorations carry their own unique complexities. It is impossible to quote exactly a cost for Restoration work; as there are many unforeseen problems due to the ravages of time on Vintage & Veteran Vehicles.
Whether it is a restoring project as a hobby or a commercial vehicle, small or big job on general wear & tear, rust removal or replacing/repairing, we will discuss your options with you and make recommendations that allow you to choose the amount of restoration you require.


It protects valves & valve seats from metal to metal contact that causes wear.
In addition to superior valve & valve seat protection it also cleans and
protects the complete upper cylinder area and increases fuel economy.
It is economical to use:-
1 litre will treat 1000 litres of fuel.