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Bedford QLD (Side view, left side)

 
 

Side view, left side

Picture courtesy of Uffe Mortensen, Helsingør

 

Danish Army Specific: Delivered by the British forces in Germany just after WW II. The trucks were all used and went through a repair-program at Air Base Skrydstrup (where the picture is taken) before proceeding to the end-users. A further batch was bought in Great Britain.
Besides the GS-version the QL was equipped as mobile workshop, stores, signals and similar.
Danish modifications included US pattern black-out marker lights, rifle holders and lowered positioning of the headlamps.
They were gradually superseded by the Bedford
RL-series starting in the late 1950´s, although specialised vehicles continued to soldier on into the mid 1970´s.
Historical: At the outbreak of WW II, Bedford was contracted by the British War Office to produce a 3 tons 4 x 4 general service truck. A pilot model was ready in February 1940 and quantity production started in March 1941.
Used in a range of roles including Bofors tractor, troop carrier, cargo, tanker, communications, fire tender, field kitchen etc.
More than 50.000 produced at Vauxhall´s Luton factory between 1940 and 1945.
Length: 5.99 m (236 inches).
Width: 2.26 m (89 inches).
Height: 2.54 m (120 inches).
Weight: 7.000 kg (15.400 lb.).
Engine
: 6-cylinder Bedford, 3.519 cm3 (214 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 72 at 3.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox.
Transfer case: 2 speed.
Electrical system: 12 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum servo assistance.
Tyres: 10.50 - 20 (11.00 - 20).
Fording depth:
without preparation: 0.4 m (15 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 127 liter (28 gallons).
Range: 250 km (156 miles)
Crew: 1+ 11.
Additional: N/A.
Variants:
Bedford QLB gun tractor (41 kb),
Bedford QLB wrecker (110 kb)
Bedford QLC office van (90 kb)
Bedford QLD AA-truck (81 kb)
Bedford QLR signal van (88 kb)
Bedford QLR office van (90 kb)
Bedford QLT (106 kb).


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