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New Zealand Bedford Methven VFD DI 5615
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No: 30187   Contributor: David Miller   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: New Zealand
New Zealand Bedford Methven VFD DI 5615

This 1969 Bedford has bodywork by Wormald and was new to the Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade who have recently restored the appliance.
Picture added on 01 December 2011 at 08:13
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OH MY GOD!! Our British Bedford brothers will go into MELTDOWN over this!!??

Added by Pav on 01 December 2011.
Cracking little TK ! Were these diesel or petrol ?

Added by Paul Warnock on 01 December 2011.
All petrol to my knowledge Paul, , , ,

Added by Pav on 02 December 2011.
Hi Pav. Thanks for the info, we had both petrol and diesel, the earlier models were petrol and the later diesel. Have a look at picture #5288 and picture #5418 to see both models.

Added by Paul Warnock on 02 December 2011.
A number of these had the Bedford 6 cylinder 300cubic inch engines replaced with Holden 308ci V8 engines and were capable of eye watering speeds. Original brakes of course.......

Added by John Walker on 02 December 2011.
Reminds me of the Hampshire T K, s I saw and heard when we used to meet on cross border shouts!Always looked and sounded nice, keep these Bedford photos coming in what ever guise David, my favourites.


Added by Alan Jones on 03 December 2011.
David, the roofline appears to have been extended further back on this appliance, any ideas why, thanks, , Obviously the hose reel would not have been yellow in '69 - would have been not acceptable to us puritans back then (hee hee)....

Added by Pav on 04 December 2011.
The extension is merely cosmetic - the rear of the cab does not extend and further back. My rear shots don't give a clear view of this though.

Added by David Miller on 06 December 2011.
What a great looking appliance, well thought out design , compact and stylish , brilliant!!

Added by Danny Mcintosh on 14 November 2015.
Is this a Local body builder? as it's seems to Look Like a Carmichael especially with the jack knife doors.

Added by Grant.Melville on 21 November 2015.
see also picture #30188, Bedford Wormald with a small roof extension - looks original though. It is similar to a Carmichael style with jacknife and exposed hosereel - see picture #20470. I suppose it could be Carm licensed the design to Wormald or that was just the style for that era, the mid seventies.

Added by Peter Williams on 26 November 2015.
I really like the transitional crew cab design - making full use of the standard factory cab and doors. And it is red! No recycled tin dustbins on this one...

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 August 2017.
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