An old Bedford RL truck from the
sixties. It might still power up and do some work, after a little maintenance.
Does anybody have pics on the RL 6x6?..Monkeywinch @ hotmail
I like this shape of truck, just reminds me when my father took
me with him on his work about 40 years ago. Anon
Went from a 650 BSA to an RL in 1970
with the Marines at Eastney, passed first time, smashing to drive, still amuses
folk when I tell then I have never taken a test in a car, especially the
salesman who accompanied me on a test for a new car last year, thought he was
about to have a heart attack. Anon
eddie hitchen:- passed my driving test in the bedford rl in
portsmouth 1964 whil`st stationed at bordon hants
Legendary vehicle, soldier-proof with unreal cross-country
My memory of the RL truck in Germany in the 60's is of a lovely
big softie. Powerful enough and easy to drive. No need to double declutch as I
found once - rounding a very tight corner I changed down to bottom and on
driving away though there was something funny about the change. I had double
declutched with tha dip switch! No prob. Also, on ice, you could wind on full
lock quickly and unwind it quickly, and the RL would travel straight on without
a twitch. Useful? Blue Roan
I was stationed with
Royal Scots Greys in Germany and after
some fiddling with the governor we actually saw 90mph out of one of them, it was
quite frightening, but fun to see our ferret "escort" disappear behind us.
BEDFORD RL Enjoying the mud <<< Video
Roelf - I passed my HGV test in the
army in 1981 in a Bedford RL. It was awful!. I passed :-)... I do remember that
when trying to get the beast out of 4 wheel drive the easiest way was to try and
hit 20 mph in 3rd gear (took ages ! ), dip the clutch, and then throw the
transfer lever down. To do this you almost had to dislocate your left shoulder,
as the lever was in such an awkward position high up between the 2 seat backs.
If you didn't know how to double de-clutch then there was no way you were going
to drive this vehicle. Power steering ? no way !. In 1984 I drove an RL down to
the island of Elba from my base in Germany, two and a half days later we got
there at an average speed of 40 miles per hour. The only way to keep warm in
this vehicle was to prop the engine cowling open and rely on the heat from the
engine filling the cab. This also had the added benefit of allowing us to heat
our tinned "compo" rations by placing them on the exhaust manifold. .Aaaah !
happy memories !
The GPO registration ELP737C (Simon Polecat) is just readable.
One of 60 Polecats registered in May'65. Another batch of 40 Bedfords from
ELP773C up were fitted with King Tel-e-lect cranes.
Feedback from Steve the Grease, he tells us that this Bedford is
a RS not a RL, as it has a short wheel base. Thanks for the correction.. He also
gives details of a Yahoo group called - RSOLES · Bedford R series Owners lovers
enthusiasts off road military vehicles.
There is a great picture of a Bedford on the intro page enjoying itself in the
mud. Please take a look. Has anyone else any interesting links or photos ?
Anon - The easiest way to disengage four wheel drive in
an RL...was to engage reverse gear, take up the clutch and then push the lever.
EASY, when you knew how !
Bedford Truck with special steam shovel made by Ruxton-Bucyrus.
The yellow one looks like a drilling rig. Common in Aus.
This looks like cut down Simon Polecat used by Post Office
Telephones and some power companies to carry and erect telegraph and power
poles. If so, then the body work and tool boxes have all been removed.