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1983 Bedford TL860 Flatbed + Livestock body
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No: 20533   Contributor: Stephen Prosser   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
1983 Bedford TL860 Flatbed + Livestock body

This type of dual use set-up (a flat bed with a detachable livestock body) is common with farmers.
They usually have a gantry somewhere on the farm to lift off the body and they can then use the truck for other purposes.
This very well kept TL was seen at the AEC Rally, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England in May 2013.
Picture added on 20 August 2013 at 20:20
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This vehicle is owned by Martyn Croft from Sussex. He has been in livestock haulage all his life although not exclusively so these days. The TL 860 had a design gross vehicle weight of 8640 kg -like its predecessor the TK 860/KD. However, over 99% of the TK and TL 860 s left the factory ready to be plated at the 7.5 tonne non-HGV limit. The rear helper springs were removed and lighter front springs fitted together with smaller tyres. This TL is plated at 8640 kg and is probably unique today. It runs on 8.25-16 tubed tyres and has a Bedford 330 cu. In. straight six turbocharged engine of 107 bhp @ 2600 rpm. Farmers often held Restricted Class 3 HGV licences limited to 10 tonnes so they ran TK/TL 1000 (10 Tonne GVW) hence the rarity of this truck. This truck is fitted with a beautiful example of a traditional livestock body.

Added by Peter Goodall on 21 August 2013.
Many thanks for the additional info on this lovely TL.

Added by Steve Prosser on 21 August 2013.
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