Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

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Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby overdrive » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:22 pm


Not sure I have posted before. I have been a sleeping member for a while!

I am interested in getting a Bedford motor home partly due to the aluminium bodies some have but am a not sure which models are Al. Looking on Trademe I see SB which I believe is Al and others such as VAL, VAS, VAM, NFM and PFK which I am not sure about.

Would someone be good enough to enlighten me please?


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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby Vamooshe » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:19 am

I know the 1970 VAM is - I own one. :D Mine has aluminium sides and roof. The front and rear are moulded fibreglass.
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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby Mark S. » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:25 pm

Try looking at Hawke Bodied buses. Not to many around, but all aluminium, including frames.

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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby beanpole » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:27 pm

You can't go by the Bedford model as all bodies were built by different manufacturers. My 1st Bedford (1972 x NZR) was a NZ Motor Bodies made in Christchurch. Welded panel steel frame with aluminium cladding with fibreglass mouldings front and rear. The one I am using now, 1976 built by H&H Invercargill, is also the same but the steel frame is RHS.
Someone will have a fully aluminium body somewhere so you need the manufacturer of them.

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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby donrek » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:06 pm

I have a Hawke bodied bedford VAM 75. It has galvanised frame and aluminium walls with fibreglass roof and ends

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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby 22y » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:12 pm

Hi We have an 84 BEDFORD PFK Bus which is AL body and fibreglass front and back .. Was originally Dept Education bus in Canterbury .. Transferred to motor home in the 90's .. what are you looking for in a motor home?? Robyn :?:

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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby BUSRSQ » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:33 am

yup as mentioned, not the make of bus but the maker of the body,
why Alloy ? in my experience ( 25 years as a bus mechanic) they early alloy bodies are all riveted which over time wear and need to be replaced, not pop riveted either these are very much like aircraft rivets, the body moves all the time making windows hard to stop leaking, the frames crack and corrode.
Also very hard to modify as alloy is a specialist materiel for welding and such.
I have fully disassembled a '69 ford r1113 with a full alloy body and was very disappointed with the amount of corrosion. cracking and bad joints, once the skin came off the frame was very flimsy ( twice to three times as a similar welded steel frame)

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Re: Models of Bedford buses with Aluminium bodies

Postby Woodended » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:36 pm

Some sage words on this post. I am doing up a Hawke vas3 from 1974 and have found all these issues with mine. I am removing many of the windows as not only are the seals shot but the small sliding windows at the top are de-laminating. My bus has a steel frame with aluminum body and a fibre glass roof. The roof has lasted well despite a reasonable amount of abuse. My advice if I were you, get a steel framed bus check around the corners of the windows really carefully for rot and across the front of the windscreen inside the cab. Get under the bus and check the frame carefully. While you are under there give the chassis a really good check over if it is too rusty walk away. Good luck with your search.

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