Vehicle Options: Bedford MT

 

Another bigger variation of the Bedford MJ. This replaced the TM and was the last of the Bedfords (Marshall). Sadly, although it looks to be a very capable truck, there are some drawbacks.

I have some pros and cons listed – and this list will be updated as and when new things are discovered – or if anyone out there has anything that they’d like to add – and I’d really appreciate that help.

Pros:

  • Simple to operate.
  • 4×4
  • Winch option.
  • Basic kit – Less to go wrong.
  • Tough as old leather. Proven in the battlefield.
  • Bigger version of the MJ – More to love!

Cons:

  • Can’t find one anywhere…
  • Spares availability is therefore an unknown.
  • Concerns over registering and modifications to make civilian road legal.

 

Vehicle Options: Bedford TM

 

A step up from the older Bedford MJ I am looking at. The bigger Bedford TM.

This has the power okay, but it has a big drawback that currently leaves it dead in the water (unless I can get a really cheap one to offset the fuel costs of this 10 mpg beast.

I have some pros and cons listed – and this list will be updated as and when new things are discovered – or if anyone out there has anything that they’d like to add – and I’d really appreciate that help.

Cons:

  • 10 MPG… Dead in the water idea.

 

 

Vehicle Options: Bedford MJ

I’ve always liked the old Bedford trucks. They are hard-working, simple beasts (I guess we have a lot on common).

The older Bedford trucks don’t have the power or strength to do the trip in question (without me worrying all of the time…), but the MJ has that little extra power over the earlier MK and it’s predecessors. They are simple (no electronics) and have a good proven track record in military service.

I have some pros and cons listed – and this list will be updated as and when new things are discovered – or if anyone out there has anything that they’d like to add – and I’d really appreciate that help.

Pros:

  • Simple to operate.
  • 15 – 20 mpg on a long trip. (The TM only does about 10 mpg…)
  • 4×4
  • Winch option.
  • Currently spares are not a problem.
  • Reasonable price – but rising fast. You could get a good one for £2000 in 2007. Now you are looking at £5-6000.
  • Basic kit – Less to go wrong.
  • Wealth of knowledge on the internet. (e.g: Buyers tips)
  • Tough as old leather. Proven in the battlefield.
  • I’ve always liked them… Yeah, the heart needs to be ignored…

Cons:

  • Becoming harder to find.
  • Spares availability is finite at present.
  • Concerns over registering and modifications to make civilian road legal.
  • Prices going up.
  • No power steering (can cause fatigue over a long journey).
  • Only a 2 seater (up front).
  • Small cab.
  • Load size.
  • Tricky engine access. No tilt cab.

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Vehicle Options: Overview

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Jokkmokk Visit Summer 2014

In August 2014 Christine took her mum and Alex to Jokkmokk to see the place in the flesh, and to meet up with a chap from Future Jokkmokk, who made the move to Jokkmokk from the UK about 10 years ago, and now helps others do the same.

She was well and truly won over by the place – and not just Jokkmokk. She spent a little time in Luleå and a far amount of time on the road driving from Luleå to Jokkmokk, through some wonderful Swedish countryside.

Her overall impression was one of a modern, clean and friendly country that strives to give everyone an even chance to live a good life. Even out in the middle of nowhere in Jokkmokk there were full amenities and services – so much so that you could go out there and live off of the grid, but still have all the mod cons you are used to in a more highly populated area.

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One such example was the camping area she stayed in where she had a Facetime (like Skype) talk with me, as she took her phone around the site and down to the lake to show me on the video call what the place was like. Heck, if we leave the house in the UK we lose network connection, but she was walking through woods and by a lake and was streaming high definition video to me. Yup – out in the peace yet still able to connect to the world if you want to.

Anyway, Chris will be blogging about her trip at some point when she has some time – but meanwhile here is a link to the photo album of the trip.

PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

 

 

Operation Arctic Viking

Operation Arctic Viking is so-called because we are heading (hoping to head…) into the Swedish Arctic circle in Jokkmokk.

Arctic‘ is self-explanatory.

Viking‘ in its truest form comes from the Old Norse feminine noun víking, which refers to an expedition overseas.

So… Arctic Expedition Overseas. I’m pretty sure you figured that bit out…

It’s going to be a long journey…

And that’s where the blog really starts.