The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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martin mrt

3,209 posts

152 months

Saturday 15th February
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I purchased this last week for a fraction over shed budget, it’s my 4th one, it was an absolute steal and local too.

2.5 130bhp 6speed version, the same as my previous 3, I’m the 3rd owner and it’s done 207k.

I didn’t need it, but I have missed having one, and will be great for taking my son to the bmx park. I’ve driven my Golf twice this week since buying it.

So far it’s needed the Caliper freed off through lack of use, the power wire under the drivers seat repaired so I have central locking, and some tomfoolery with vag com to turn off a duff pad warning light

This won’t be a loved van like my last two, proper workhorse but it won’t be neglected either it’s for keeps.



W00DY

12,091 posts

177 months

Saturday 15th February
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martin mrt said:
I purchased this last week for a fraction over shed budget, it’s my 4th one, it was an absolute steal and local too.

2.5 130bhp 6speed version, the same as my previous 3, I’m the 3rd owner and it’s done 207k.

I didn’t need it, but I have missed having one, and will be great for taking my son to the bmx park. I’ve driven my Golf twice this week since buying it.

So far it’s needed the Caliper freed off through lack of use, the power wire under the drivers seat repaired so I have central locking, and some tomfoolery with vag com to turn off a duff pad warning light

This won’t be a loved van like my last two, proper workhorse but it won’t be neglected either it’s for keeps.


You jammy git. thumbup

It you get bored with it let me know.

martin mrt

3,209 posts

152 months

Saturday 15th February
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W00DY said:
You jammy git. thumbup

It you get bored with it let me know.
I think I’ve done rather well, it’s not the tidiest but it’s not beyond saving (not sure this is the tread for that kinda chat)

Can’t see that happening anytime soon, it will probably never deprecate now

RoverP6B

4,015 posts

79 months

Saturday 15th February
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Promised Land said:
Very similar story to yours, I bought a Nissan Navara D22 brand new in 2004, 167k miles and 16 years later it's still here.

Had its first set of brake pads on it last summer, one starter motor, a washer bottle pump and one battery are the only consumables, oh one exhaust too 6 years ago.

Tyres generally make it to 40k miles, original clutch, rear drums etc, still goes to a Nissan garage for its servicing and failed its mot last October for the first time, one rear shock casing corroded and a bit of welding to the front beam.

The beauty is now it's well into shed territory wading through floods which are very common here doesn't bother me, car parks are the same, it's carried all manner of things in the load bed, over 30 slabs last weekend in one shift, so useful to have.

I don't even have a pic in my photo stream of it. biglaugh
Don't these have a habit of snapping in two between the rear cab and the bed?

Bonefish Blues

14,907 posts

174 months

Saturday 15th February
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RoverP6B said:
Don't these have a habit of snapping in two between the rear cab and the bed?
A mere flesh wound I'm sure.

Red 4

7,645 posts

138 months

Saturday 15th February
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Cads said:
Red 4 said:
Yup. My mate bought a new Mazda 6 in '06 and ran it 'til last year. 190k miles.

Only consumables were replaced. Nothing broke ( apart from 2 tailgate struts ) and it never broke down. It didn't die of rust either, despite only getting washed, er, never as far as I could tell.

Great cars.
Odd, I had too buy two new gas struts off fleabay recently as the boot lid kept landing on my head and led to us locking the baby in the car on Xmas morning.
The struts are a common fault, apparently. That means they all stop strutting sooner or later.

True shedding would require not replacing the struts and making do with a cut down broom handle for support.

However, EBay was a good shout. Iirc my mate paid about £18 for his replacements. They were the same brand as OEM. I know this because I fitted them. Mazda wanted about £60. Robbing bar stewards.

Hammer67

4,397 posts

135 months

Saturday 15th February
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RoverP6B said:
Promised Land said:
Very similar story to yours, I bought a Nissan Navara D22 brand new in 2004, 167k miles and 16 years later it's still here.

Had its first set of brake pads on it last summer, one starter motor, a washer bottle pump and one battery are the only consumables, oh one exhaust too 6 years ago.

Tyres generally make it to 40k miles, original clutch, rear drums etc, still goes to a Nissan garage for its servicing and failed its mot last October for the first time, one rear shock casing corroded and a bit of welding to the front beam.

The beauty is now it's well into shed territory wading through floods which are very common here doesn't bother me, car parks are the same, it's carried all manner of things in the load bed, over 30 slabs last weekend in one shift, so useful to have.

I don't even have a pic in my photo stream of it. biglaugh
Don't these have a habit of snapping in two between the rear cab and the bed?
No, the D40 Nav does that. D22 achilles heel was the bottom end of the engine. If this chaps lump has racked up 167K without having a new crank with stronger bolts and shells he has done bloody well.

RoverP6B

4,015 posts

79 months

Saturday 15th February
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You're quite right, I stand corrected. Worryingly, it appears the 3rd generation Navara is even worse...

Hammer67

4,397 posts

135 months

Saturday 15th February
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^^^^^^ You sure that is a Nav?

Doesn`t look like one to me.

PostHeads123

792 posts

86 months

Saturday 15th February
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My shed I've had 16 yrs now an 2002 A3 1.8t sport, wbac offered me £330 for it lol, 76.5k miles just past its mot last week with nothing noted. Its a big scabby in places rear qtr laquer coming off, alloys need a refurb but it still drives very well. I got a new Audi on lease last Dec but I drive the old A3 more, only issue is its £300 ish tax and for some reason insurance is approx £460 tpft as I use no claims on new car, area I live in not high risk. Lot to be said for shedding.



Edited by PostHeads123 on Saturday 15th February 23:18

Digby

7,545 posts

197 months

Saturday 15th February
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NCP parking, the early years..


Bonefish Blues

14,907 posts

174 months

Saturday 15th February
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You've sparked my Sedici envy again...

Bumblebee7

878 posts

26 months

Saturday 15th February
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My beloved £500 MX-5 'shed' had its catalytic converter stolen last night so unfortunately no joy in the world of shedding for me today. What makes it worse is I've been fixing various issues on it since I bought it and for about a month it's been all sorted and a pleasure to drive. Been really looking forward to the weather improving. An imminent house purchase means it'll probably now sit on the driveway unused and unloved until I can afford to replace the cat and resultant damage from when the b*stards hacked away and ripped apart what they needed to get to it in the first place frown

STIfree

1,562 posts

110 months

Sunday 16th February
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STIfree said:
The total cost of this BMW 318i?

£350


Well that was probably one of the easiest fixes I've ever done. I'd seen the trick with boiling water to push a bumper back out before but was surprised how easy it really was. Took about 3 minutes to sort, 2 of those minutes were waiting for the kettle to boil.




Also managed to fix the broken fog lamp with superglue, a new bulb and refitted it with tie wraps.





Total cost so far to take this car from category n write off to a very respectful looking 3 series -
£8 (new bulb and a bag of tie wraps)

magpie215

2,880 posts

140 months

Sunday 16th February
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STIfree said:
STIfree said:
The total cost of this BMW 318i?

£350


Well that was probably one of the easiest fixes I've ever done. I'd seen the trick with boiling water to push a bumper back out before but was surprised how easy it really was. Took about 3 minutes to sort, 2 of those minutes were waiting for the kettle to boil.




Also managed to fix the broken fog lamp with superglue, a new bulb and refitted it with tie wraps.





Total cost so far to take this car from category n write off to a very respectful looking 3 series -
£8 (new bulb and a bag of tie wraps)
Well done.....I could feel my disappointment increase a bit when you talked about getting a new fog lamp assembly.

Tie wraps and kettle fixes.........win win

STIfree

1,562 posts

110 months

Sunday 16th February
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hehe I'd almost considered a new front bumper before the 'repair' was done. Glad I didn't head down that route.

watchnut

626 posts

80 months

Sunday 16th February
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dID YOU JUST POUR THE BOILING WATER OVER THE BUMPER?

STIfree

1,562 posts

110 months

Sunday 16th February
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watchnut said:
dID YOU JUST POUR THE BOILING WATER OVER THE BUMPER?
Yep, as simple as that. Used the handle of a hammer to push from behind the bumper and it very easily pushed back into place. Took another minute to push and pull in other spots where I'd pushed it out too far, then it was sitting just as it was from factory. Minus the cracked paint from before.

I tried a hairdryer and a blowtorch for a minute before and they didnt work at all, boiling water is the way to go.

watchnut

626 posts

80 months

Sunday 16th February
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Outstanding smile

v15ben

Original Poster:

14,579 posts

192 months

Monday 17th February
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Happy thread anniversary folks.
365 days of talking about old sheds! hehe