1989 Bedford Rascal from UK and Ireland - Comments

19th Sep 2004, 13:37

Dear Kenneth

www.bedfordrascal.com is a great place to get Rascal parts!

I just checked it myself and thought, 'It's just what all we rascal owners need!'

My cream '89 van is brilliant. Having owned it for four years, I'm now servicing the cylinder head and block. It just hit a hundred and twenty though, and was getting a bit sluggish, although it would still hit seventy... well, just.

I shall keep you all posted!

12th Oct 2004, 20:45

I am wondering if anyone has bull bars, back seats and alloy wheels for my Bedford Rascal. I love my van, but it needs tidying and more seats. Tel 01656-783222 if you have any of theses parts or know where I can get some. Thanks - Byron.

18th Oct 2004, 07:20

Hiya all you Rascals out there.

Just bought a Rascal with a blown head gasket. Got told it would have a cracked head. Decided to just renew the gasket and see what happens; a bit of a fiddly job, but no problem to me and my mate.

The total cost, including two gallon oil and antifreeze, was around 50 quid. And I am now up and running.

GAZ.

22nd Jan 2005, 11:34

Hi everyone, I've had a Rascal for four years and I love it. The only problems I've had is starting when damp and I had to replace a water pump. I actually transported an 800lb generator in it, didn't go very fast and the tires flattened out a bit, well more than a bit, but I did get where I was going. I'm considering buying a Danbury camper, does anyone have opinions? I keep thinking it's just too small. I'd appreciate comments from some Danbury owners. Please email me at nbccngll@aol.com Thanks.

23rd Aug 2005, 16:43

With reference to the person whose van would not start and who suspected the carb was at fault, I too suffered from the same problem. A mechanic friend took the carb apart to clean it and installed a new in-line fuel filter. The new gasket set cost a fair few quid, considering. Although the van now started it did not idle. Anyway, cutting a boring story short, it turned out that there is a switch within the carb that was U/S (unserviceable). A new switch later and my clown van was up and running properly again, much to the disappointment of the lads on site. Apparently it is common practice for these switches to go after about 100,000 miles. I hope this note will save someone a few pounds.

15th Jan 2006, 13:39

Hi Rascal fans.

I've had my white 1989 for about three years now. She's been really good. Always reliable and, best of all, a good little work horse. The only thing is now I have a starting problem when she's been left overnight. I've changed all the obvious things like battery, starter, points, leads, dizzy cap, rotor arm, etc, etc. When she does finally kick-in she's great for the day. Any advice out there to help me on my way? Many thanks.

10th Apr 2006, 14:38

I don't own a rascal (though after reading all your comments I'm considering it!), but my thoughts on it not starting after an overnight stop sounds like a fuel pump problem. If it's worn, the fuel can drain back into the tank overnight and then it takes a long time to prime in the morning. Once primed, it'll be fine again. Until left stopped for a while...

17th Nov 2006, 14:13

I, m doing a head gasket on my rascal, could anyone tell me where the timing marks are please.

26th Mar 2007, 02:46

I am having a problem getting an oil pump for my little Rascal camper van. Does anyone have any ideas?

19th Jun 2007, 19:39

My dad was the proud owner of a lovely little Rascal for a number of years. He bought it (cough cough) about 12th hand, and it was a little cracker.

We were both really sad when our 'little toaster' threw a fit and blew the head gasket! :' (

R.I.P Toastervan!

10th Feb 2009, 18:13

www.bedfordrascal.com

I know the answer to the poor starting problem, contact me on 01249 721350 or e-mail tim@bedfordrascal.com and I will explain it.

12th May 2010, 04:22

Hey my sills over my wheels are gone; literally not there! Apart from making new ones, anything to suggest?

Also bull bars? Are they cheap, and where from?

Also I heard a Vitara engine 1.6 8v will fit; is this true?

Also are there any meets for Rascals? Any soon?

And anywhere else I can get shiny parts and extras to make my 89 "Olah" (that's her name!) look like I feel driving her?

19th Aug 2010, 14:32

I've had my beloved baby Rascal for 4 years, but her rear wheel arches are disintegrating... does anyone know if new panels are available?

The rest of the bodywork looks brill - I polish her with an ordinary furniture polish spray, and she looks great! Val.

1st Jun 2012, 18:56

Hello.

Just got a 1989 Rascal about a month or so ago, and I'm looking to install some rear seats, with belts and all. Preferably foldable ones. Anybody got any suggestions?

pettit_58@hotmail.com

Cheers!

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