1964 Bedford TK tipper

Posted by Chris Graham on 18th November 2021

Joseph Lewis discovers a newly restored 1964 Bedford TK tipper at this year’s Bath & West Country Festival.

1964 Bedford TK tipper

The Bath & West Country Festival 2021 was the first time out in restored condition for this 1964 Bedford TK tipper, owned by Dean Wareham from Poole, in Dorset. The original colour is believed to have been green, when the vehicle was working as a gritter for a Wiltshire-based construction company.

The Bath & West Country Festival 2021 was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend (27th-29th), and replaced the usual Royal Bath & West Show for one year only. A newly created layout included the regular and enjoyable commercial vehicle class with knowledgeable and helpful section leaders, John and June Coakes.

The TK has always been an underfloor ram tipper and plated for a 13-tonne GVW. A major part of the restoration included fitting re-made sides to the tipping body.

One of the commercial vehicle stars was a newly restored 1964 Bedford TK tipper lorry owned by Dean Wareham from Poole, in Dorset. Dean acquired the TK from a haulage contractor in Frome, Somerset, with the original owner believed to be a construction company in Wiltshire, where the tipper was used as a gritter, complete with a front-mounted snow plough.

Designated a KHTC, this TK has the uprated features like the Leyland 400 four-cylinder engine, the Turner five-speed gearbox and the unusual, eight-stud wheels on 900×20 tyres.

The TK was purchased in poor condition. The third cab in the lorry’s life required a new skin and the sides on the tipping body were re-made. Interestingly, this TK is designated a KHTC model, with the uprated features of the Leyland 400 four-cylinder engine and Turner five-speed gearbox with the Eaton two-speed axle. There is also the unusual eight-stud wheels, instead of the more often seen six-stud versions running on 900 x 20 tyres, plus a striking bull-bar attachment.

1964 Bedford TK tipper

Another area of the restoration included the engine cover.

Plated for 13-tonne GVW, this TK has always been an underfloor ram tipper, though the original colour would have been green when working for the construction company. Dean favoured the appearance of Oxford Blue.

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