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Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 4T, GS, 4x4, Bedford MK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pete Pikey   
Sunday, 12 August 2007

This page details the Characteristics of the Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 4T, GS, 4x4, Bedford MK. The vehicle is:

"This vehicle has been specially developed to meet the General Service requirement for a medium mobility 4 tonne load carrier. Many of the major assemblies and components are common with the commercial Bedford TK range. The steel body has a removeable tailgate and dropsides which are removeable and interchangeable. The body is equipped with lashing points for securing pallets or other loads. Outwards facing seats along the centreline of the body can be provided. The engine is a 6 cylinder direct injection four stroke diesel suitable for multifuel operation."

British Military Vehicles 1971

 Seating.   Wooden sets may be fitted to facilitate the carriage of personnel. They are arranged along the centreline of the cargo bed, the troops sitting outwards facing, in order to speed reaction in an ambush.

 Cupola   A Cupola is fitted to the cab roof allowing a soldier to be posted as an air sentry. No provision is made for weapons to be fitted to this position.

Cargo Area Cover   A series of hoops is provided to support the canvas tarpaulin cover for the cargo area. The height of the tarpaulin may be varied to two positions - the hoops are lowered to their low setting for air transportation. Stowage is provided for both tarpaulin and superstructure when not in use.


 Manufacturer ChassisVauxhall Motors Ltd, Luton, Beds 
  Body Marshals of Cambridge
FV Number
Whole EquipmentFV13801/13802
 Chassis FV9376
  Body & Equipment  FV9722
 Dimensions Length 6579mm/259"
  Height 3404mm/134"
  Width 2489mm/98"
  Wheelbase 3960mm/156"
  Track - Front
  Track - Rear
  Deck Length
  Deck Width
  Deck Height
 Weights GVW9450kg/20832lb
  Unladen Weight
 Angles Approach 
 Performance Speed73Km/h, 45mph
  Range560km, 350 miles
  Side Slope
  Gradient >33% (1 in 3)
  Stop /Restart Solo >33% (1 in 3)
  Stop/Restart Towing
  Turning Circle  17.88m/58ft 8"
  Verticle Step
  Gross Power/Weight Ratio
8.36 kW/t, 11.4 bhp/ton
  Max Tractive Effort Low Gear
 6130 N/t, 14050 lbf/ton
  Max Trailer Weight - Braked
  Max Trailer Weight - Unbraked 
 Engine Manufacturer Bedford
  Type Bedford 330 cu in multi-fuel, 6 Cyl, 4 Stroke
  Displacement5.42 litres
  Gross Power
79 kW (106bhp) @ 2700rpm
  Nett Torque
325 Nm (238 lbf/ft) @ 100rpm
  Speed Limiter?
  Speed Limited to
2700 rpm
  Ignition Type
Compression, 24v 
  LubricationWet Sump
  Engine Cooling
 Fuel System
 TypePressurised Constant Flow
  Pump Manufacturer
  Air Cleaner
 Oil Bath
  FuelDiesel, AVTUR, AVTAG
  Fuel Capacity
150 Litres (33 Gal)
 Gearbox Manufacturer 
  Type 4 speed synchromesh and reverse
  Ratios  1st
Electrical Generator
  Capacity24v, AC/25 
Batteries Capacity2 x 12v UK-6   TN 
 FVRDE Spec 2051, App D1, Sched B
Clutch Manufacturer 
  Type 512mm (13") Single Dry Plate
Propeller Shafts
 Manufacturer  Hardy Spicer
Transfer Box
  Type2 Speed 
  Transfer Box Ratios
1:1, 1:2 
Axles Manufacturer 
 Type Fully Floating
  Ratios - Top
  Ratios - Bottom
 Differentials Manufacturer 
 Suspension FrontSemi-Elliptical 
 Shock Absorbers
 FrontDouble Acting Telescopic
  RearDouble Acting Telescopic
 Brakes Manufacturer 
 Actuation - Foot
Air- Hydraulic
 Actuation - Hand
Transmission, Mechanical, Drum
 Hand Drum acting on Transmission
 Trailer3 Line Air Pressure
  Warning Device
Buzzer and Warning Light 
SteeringSemi Irreversible worm and sector  
 3 Piece Disc B
  Rim Size
 8.0 x 20
  Hole pitch
Tyres Manufacturer 
  Dimensions  12.00x20 Cross Country
  Onboard Tyre Compressor?
  Compressor Capacity (Psi)
Towing Attachments Front Towing Eye
  Rear Hook
 Capacities Engine Oil
  Gearbox Oil
  Transfer Box Oil
 Support Publication:
 EMER Decade
Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2007 )
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