The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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Davie

3,012 posts

163 months

Saturday 16th November
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My nuke proof / run forever / tank / only just run in (feel free to add your own cliches) V70 is rapidly losing my love and I'm now entering that buyers remorse stage where I start to think that I should have perhaps held out for a better one. Granted, it runs fine, looks ok and doesn't smell like a farm and yes it's shedding but it's proving to be a bit of a problem child. First the seized / ruined lock nuts which ok, wasn't a fault as such but it's got a very rough idle... I've done the usual checks, cleaned EGR etc and bypassed a leaky engine mount but it's still not cured it and it's started to grate on me a a bit now.

It's also got a noisy OSF wheel bearing, again no biggie and an easy enough fix however it also developed a very annoying clunking after it'd been up in the air. The top mounts look a bit perished and it needs front discs and pads, none of which is a serious bind as I have a tame mechanic and can wield spanners with a reasonable amount of success but I'm just struggling to find the enthusiasm for it. I suspect that's partly because her equally sheddy V50 also has a sporadic clunking that will bang away for a week then simply disappear... I suspect a CV joint but again, the thought of it doesn't fill me with joy.

I sold my last few "nicer" cars as I was struggling to find the time and didn't have the facilities to keep them in good order and bought something sheddy again so I could just drive it with zero f*cks given but they're now both in need of some TLC and part of me can't but help think if I'm spending time, effort and money on a car... I should have kept what I had.

It's that fear of the unknown... you fix the current issues and hope that's it, but can't but help think it may never end!


g3org3y

14,251 posts

139 months

Saturday 16th November
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Digby said:
Davie said:
This may be a fine line between unnecessary polishing and actually being able to see more then 20ft in front of the car...





Either way, shockingly bad headlights now less shockingly bad and needless to say, to reward me for my efforts the car is now happily telling me I have a dipped bulb failure when I don't...



Edited by Davie on Thursday 14th November 15:47
Did a set of mine not long ago. Wet and dry method.



I used the new Turtle Wax 'Cleaner & Sealant' (all in one) on my Polo. Worked ok to be fair.

Before:



After:



Worth a go if the fogging isn't too bad and you want a cheap all in one solution in a bottle.

Lemming Train

4,066 posts

20 months

Saturday 16th November
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Aren't you meant to put some UV protection 'stuff' on them as well, otherwise they go cloudy again quite quickly if the sun can get at them?

Davie

3,012 posts

163 months

Saturday 16th November
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Lemming Train said:
Aren't you meant to put some UV protection 'stuff' on them as well, otherwise they go cloudy again quite quickly if the sun can get at them?
I've never bothered and never had any issues... though I do live in Scotland so I guess having sunshine three days a year may help.

g3org3y

14,251 posts

139 months

Saturday 16th November
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Lemming Train said:
Aren't you meant to put some UV protection 'stuff' on them as well, otherwise they go cloudy again quite quickly if the sun can get at them?
The Turtlewax stuff has sealant in it.



Tootpaste does not! biggrin

Lemming Train

4,066 posts

20 months

Saturday 16th November
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But you won't get the waft of minty freshness as you're driving along using that stuff. frown

Demelitia

94 posts

4 months

Saturday 16th November
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OMITN said:
Mr-B said:
For the shedder with broken/no heated seats check out the middle of Lidl (even cheaper than ebay!)

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/car-accessories/ultima...
Bought one from Aldi today for the early morning and evening trip to/from the station - the unheated leather seats in the 307 are rather chilly at the moment..!

(I suspect it will be st but at £9.99 what the hell.)
They’re usually pretty great actually! The one I’ve got has a high and a low setting. I find myself turning it down to low after about 10 minutes or so.

JaredVannett

845 posts

91 months

Sunday 17th November
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magpie215 said:
Maintain the one space clearance please :-)

OMITN][David Attenborough voiceover said:
"And here we have the Shed found in it's natural habitat and displaying its usual calm menace, as all other cars keep their distance knowing what might happen if they get too close to a rust-streaked discoloured door..."
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Introducing the ultimate diecast shed collectable - 'Magpie Edition':





PH members get free shipping, hurry and order today while stocks last! wavey




Lemming Train

4,066 posts

20 months

Sunday 17th November
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WTF! rofl

Digby

7,126 posts

194 months

Sunday 17th November
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Lemming Train said:
Aren't you meant to put some UV protection 'stuff' on them as well, otherwise they go cloudy again quite quickly if the sun can get at them?
Someone on here suggested this, which I now have, but still haven't used yet hehe


Pothole

27,831 posts

230 months

Sunday 17th November
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JaredVannett said:
magpie215 said:
Maintain the one space clearance please :-)

OMITN][David Attenborough voiceover said:
"And here we have the Shed found in it's natural habitat and displaying its usual calm menace, as all other cars keep their distance knowing what might happen if they get too close to a rust-streaked discoloured door..."
.

Introducing the ultimate diecast shed collectable - 'Magpie Edition':





PH members get free shipping, hurry and order today while stocks last! wavey
Is the model shown running the ultimate shed rubber: two spacesavers at once?

magpie215

2,644 posts

137 months

Sunday 17th November
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JaredVannett said:
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Introducing the ultimate diecast shed collectable - 'Magpie Edition':





PH members get free shipping, hurry and order today while stocks last! wavey
Fabulous......I really need that :-)

MrGTI6

1,421 posts

78 months

Sunday 17th November
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JaredVannett said:
magpie215 said:
Maintain the one space clearance please :-)

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Introducing the ultimate diecast shed collectable - 'Magpie Edition':


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v15ben

Original Poster:

14,435 posts

189 months

Sunday 17th November
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Superb. thumbup

jagnet

3,051 posts

150 months

Sunday 17th November
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bow outstanding

Jimmy Recard

15,869 posts

127 months

Sunday 17th November
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Brilliant!

My own shed has a very rusty driver's door, so if it has to be replaced at some point, I have my heart set on a mismatched door. Only if it has to be replaced, naturally




Edited by Jimmy Recard on Sunday 17th November 18:24

Quavers

127 posts

25 months

Sunday 17th November
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Replaced the gearbox oil on our passat.
Modern oil is clear. The stuff that came out was like drinking chocolate.
Manual gearboxes do need their oil changing.

Demelitia

94 posts

4 months

Monday 18th November
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Quavers said:
Replaced the gearbox oil on our passat.
Modern oil is clear. The stuff that came out was like drinking chocolate.
Manual gearboxes do need their oil changing.
5 or 6 speed?
Planning to do this on mine and my dads so there’s one of each. Just wondering how difficult it was and whether you went with oil from VW or something else. Seems to be conflicting reports on what to use; some say the proper stuff seems to have different properties to the quivalent grade oil from other producers, as if it’s got different friction modifiers or something.

OMITN

374 posts

40 months

Monday 18th November
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Demelitia said:
They’re usually pretty great actually! The one I’ve got has a high and a low setting. I find myself turning it down to low after about 10 minutes or so.
Mega thick ice on the windows and a dawdler on the lanes meant I missed my train by 30 seconds this morning.

However, as I sit in the car waiting for the next one I can confirm that the heat pad does work pretty well..!

The Mad Monk

6,003 posts

65 months

Monday 18th November
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OMITN said:
Mega thick ice on the windows and a dawdler on the lanes meant I missed my train by 30 seconds this morning.

However, as I sit in the car waiting for the next one I can confirm that the heat pad does work pretty well..!
Both of those excuses were foreseeable.

Do you run your business life on such a flimsy basis?