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Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 8T, GS, 4x4, Bedford TM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pete Pikey   
Sunday, 12 August 2007

This page details the Characteristics of the Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 8T, GS, 4x4, Bedford TM. The vehicle is the result of a trial between Foden, Leyland and Vauxhall, held in response to an MOD requirement for a vehicle in the 8 Tonne Class. Vauxhall won the contract, and a 2000 vehicle run was agreed at a cost in 1977 of UKPds 40 Million, though the vehicle did not enter full production until 1979.

 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 Equipment 
  Body & Equipment  
 Dimensions Length 6.604m
  Height (top of cab)
  Width 2.476m
  Track - Front
  Track - Rear
  Deck Length
  Deck Width
  Deck Height
  Ground Clearance
 Weights GVW 10000Kg (?)
  Unladen Weight
 Angles Approach 
 Performance Speed 88 Km/h
  Side Slope
  Stop /Restart Solo 
  Stop/Restart Towing
  Turning Circle  
  Verticle Step
  Gross Power/Weight Ratio
  Max Tractive Effort Low Gear
  Max Trailer Weight - Braked
  Max Trailer Weight - Unbraked 
 Engine Manufacturer Bedford
  Type Bedford 500 OHV
  Displacement 8.198 Litres
  Gross Power
 202 bhp
  Nett Torque
  Speed Limiter?
  Speed Limited to
  Ignition Type
  Engine Cooling
 Fuel System
  Pump Manufacturer
  Air Cleaner
  Fuel Diesel
  Fuel Capacity
 150 Litres
 Gearbox Manufacturer 
  Ratios  1st
Electrical Generator
  Capacity24v, AC/25 
Batteries Capacity 
Clutch Manufacturer 
Propeller Shafts
Transfer Box
  Type2 Speed 
  Transfer Box Ratios
Axles Manufacturer 
  Ratios - Top
  Ratios - Bottom
 Differentials Manufacturer 
 Suspension Front 
 Shock Absorbers
 Brakes Manufacturer 
 Actuation - Foot
 Actuation - Hand
  Warning Device
SteeringSemi Irreversible worm and sector  
  Rim Size
  Hole pitch
Tyres Manufacturer 
  Onboard Tyre Compressor?
  Compressor Capacity (Psi)
Towing Attachments FrontTowing Eye
  Rear Hook
 Capacities Engine Oil
  Gearbox Oil
  Transfer Box Oil
 Support Publication:
 EMER Decade
Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 January 2008 )
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