The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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swampy442

527 posts

165 months

Wednesday 20th May
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STIfree said:
Also with the car being up on jacks all day, the air suspension has dropped right down (before turning it on and the compressor kicking in). I rather like it at this height! I think i can see how it recognises the hight of the car so going to maybe try make a new bracket to 'trick' it into thinking its higher than it is, so it drops the ride height down. It does have a button inside to raise the suspension so that would still work to bring it back up to 'normal' height if needed.

Easy job, height is controlled by 2 feedback rods, essentially like turnbuckles, the hard part is getting the car level. Ive got a Toyota diagnostic machine so it was fairly easy for me, not sure how much fking about it would be doing it by eye.

STIfree

1,654 posts

113 months

Wednesday 20th May
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swampy442 said:
STIfree said:
Also with the car being up on jacks all day, the air suspension has dropped right down (before turning it on and the compressor kicking in). I rather like it at this height! I think i can see how it recognises the hight of the car so going to maybe try make a new bracket to 'trick' it into thinking its higher than it is, so it drops the ride height down. It does have a button inside to raise the suspension so that would still work to bring it back up to 'normal' height if needed.

Easy job, height is controlled by 2 feedback rods, essentially like turnbuckles, the hard part is getting the car level. Ive got a Toyota diagnostic machine so it was fairly easy for me, not sure how much fking about it would be doing it by eye.
Yep spotted them. I think it would be fairly easy to knock up some kind of adjustable bracket so that it can be tinkered with to get each side level. But I'm noting a lot of people who've done similar are saying that the original suspension only lasted a few thousand miles after doing it and then needed replacing with a coil setup. I'll leave it, for now, I think until I've got the pocket money spare for a coilover set up then if the suspension fails after doing the mod then I can quickly purchase the coilovers.

So far so good with the Lexus. Wheel bearing due tomorrow then it's just working out why the ABS/VSC system doesn't work and the EML for cat sensors.

Created a little thread on it here as to not clog up this thread too much with Lexus related posts hehe

aaron_2000

3,794 posts

37 months

Wednesday 20th May
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The compressor rebuild kit for the Merc arrived today. Hopefully its days of dragging its arse and scraping the tyres are behind it. Found some old paperwork that indicates it could have the Brabus D6 chip/flash, something I'm gonna investigate further.

rider73

648 posts

31 months

Wednesday 20th May
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FYI - eurocarparts has a discount code , 40% off

my skoda battery is totally dead, and rather than buy a solar charger or a portable charger (my drive is not near my house/plug socket) so i ordered a new battery as its been about 5 years since it had one at least - with that code above + free delivery made it an easy choice (£50 quid!)

W00DY

12,200 posts

180 months

Wednesday 20th May
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So the Golf is back in action and I was very glad of the A/C today. £240 lighter for my glow plug snapping (T G Norris did it and I would recommend them), but there isn't much out there that takes my fancy to replace it.so I'm hoping I've bought a few more miles at least.

mercedeslimos

432 posts

123 months

Wednesday 20th May
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W00DY said:
So the Golf is back in action and I was very glad of the A/C today. £240 lighter for my glow plug snapping (T G Norris did it and I would recommend them), but there isn't much out there that takes my fancy to replace it.so I'm hoping I've bought a few more miles at least.
Engine light and DPF lights gone?

CJ1

342 posts

32 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Just swapped a 2016 Golf R for a 2005 BMW 330i N52.

Unfortunately the shed life just isn’t for me! It spent its first week under my ownership having its climate control unit replaced as it decided the AC didn’t exist and all the Brakes were warped. Now all that is sorted it seems like a pretty solid car, but just doesn’t excite me... it’s a nice locally owned car, loads of paperwork including the original window sticker for £39000 and Supaguard ceramic coating booklet!

Already looking at leasing a new Megane R.S for £200 a month...

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I think shedding relies on the ability to cope with lower levels of excitement (married...children...joke etc) ....I get excited when I drive my Accord and the battery light only comes on a couple of times!!

jakesmith

6,832 posts

125 months

Thursday 21st May
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Question for the shedders. Do you have strict rules about what you’ll spend and when to get shot to prevent bargain motoring becoming more expensive than leasing something new? Example, buy a car for £2k, if you’re spending say £1k a year keeping it going Which is probably easily done on something older, you’d only break even vs leasing something New for £150 a month for 2 years. If it needs a clutch or gearbox fo you scrap it?

mercedeslimos

432 posts

123 months

Thursday 21st May
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jakesmith said:
Question for the shedders. Do you have strict rules about what you’ll spend and when to get shot to prevent bargain motoring becoming more expensive than leasing something new? Example, buy a car for £2k, if you’re spending say £1k a year keeping it going Which is probably easily done on something older, you’d only break even vs leasing something New for £150 a month for 2 years. If it needs a clutch or gearbox fo you scrap it?
I'm a firm believer in better the devil you know. Biased as I do all the work myself. Every single last bit.

Thick_Troll

11 posts

15 months

Thursday 21st May
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OK, new rear rotors with bearings on the way for the Megane.

I suppose AU$289 isnt a massive cost (about 155 quid) but it got me thinking about what sort of repair or parts cost would be a deal breaker for the Renault. I keep mulling the likely cost of a clutch replacement and would I just deliver the car to 't scrappy instead.

The thing that might prevent me from doing this would be the availability of a replacement shed. This Megane was a darn good buy when you look at it. Maybe it's 16 years old but it had only covered 133,000Km (82,000Mi) in that time. The interior was spotless and the exterior was in sparkling condition save one ding in the passenger door.

So for AU$2400 purchase, what if a new clutch was say $1500 fitted, ( I could fit it myself but my ability to lift the car or engine is limited). What do other shedders think? Is a repair over half the initial purchase price beyond the strictures of proper shedding? Fix or scrap?




Edited by Thick_Troll on Thursday 21st May 06:20

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Thursday 21st May
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The clutch going would definetly be the end of the Accord. I paid £500 for it and it's done nearly 200,000 miles. Clutch replacement is probably £500 as I couldn't do it myself, just not worth it, especially with the bodywork being a bit rough and only MOT until October (thanks Covid!!).

Next car will likely be an Audi A2 TDI I think. Cheap to run, no issues with rust, decent enough engine etc.

W00DY

12,200 posts

180 months

Thursday 21st May
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mercedeslimos said:
W00DY said:
So the Golf is back in action and I was very glad of the A/C today. £240 lighter for my glow plug snapping (T G Norris did it and I would recommend them), but there isn't much out there that takes my fancy to replace it.so I'm hoping I've bought a few more miles at least.
Engine light and DPF lights gone?
Yep and thankfully back to full power and cruise is working again.


I suspect I'll get the usual engine light from the DPF sensor, but I think that's either due to lack of calibration or moisture/damage to the pipes since it only happens in specific circumstances and the car re-gens happily at normal intervals and has been that way since I've had it.

egor110

12,650 posts

157 months

Thursday 21st May
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CJ1 said:
Just swapped a 2016 Golf R for a 2005 BMW 330i N52.

Unfortunately the shed life just isn’t for me! It spent its first week under my ownership having its climate control unit replaced as it decided the AC didn’t exist and all the Brakes were warped. Now all that is sorted it seems like a pretty solid car, but just doesn’t excite me... it’s a nice locally owned car, loads of paperwork including the original window sticker for £39000 and Supaguard ceramic coating booklet!

Already looking at leasing a new Megane R.S for £200 a month...
Make sure you let us know in here when it's up for sale wink

vikingaero

4,697 posts

123 months

Thursday 21st May
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tomble22 said:
I think shedding relies on the ability to cope with lower levels of excitement (married...children...joke etc) ....I get excited when I drive my Accord and the battery light only comes on a couple of times!!
The converse side is that you drive a Shed and get into a normal car and you truly revel in the lack of suspension knocks, no will it won't it thoughts, NVH that is several generations above the Shed, and the power, and the smoothness, and then you get to a stty car park and wish you were in the Shed. biggrin

Jimmy Recard

16,592 posts

133 months

Thursday 21st May
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Thick_Troll said:
OK, new rear rotors with bearings on the way for the Megane.

I suppose AU$289 isnt a massive cost (about 155 quid) but it got me thinking about what sort of repair or parts cost would be a deal breaker for the Renault. I keep mulling the likely cost of a clutch replacement and would I just deliver the car to 't scrappy instead.

The thing that might prevent me from doing this would be the availability of a replacement shed. This Megane was a darn good buy when you look at it. Maybe it's 16 years old but it had only covered 133,000Km (82,000Mi) in that time. The interior was spotless and the exterior was in sparkling condition save one ding in the passenger door.

So for AU$2400 purchase, what if a new clutch was say $1500 fitted, ( I could fit it myself but my ability to lift the car or engine is limited). What do other shedders think? Is a repair over half the initial purchase price beyond the strictures of proper shedding? Fix or scrap?




Edited by Thick_Troll on Thursday 21st May 06:20
Would the $1500 get you something better? If you spent $2400 on something else, is it likely you’d have a $1500 bill fairly soon?

I think the answer to the first is “no” and to the second is “yes”

On that basis, I’d probably repair. Unless you just want a new car anyway, in which case use that as the justification smile

tomble22

369 posts

82 months

Thursday 21st May
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vikingaero said:
tomble22 said:
I think shedding relies on the ability to cope with lower levels of excitement (married...children...joke etc) ....I get excited when I drive my Accord and the battery light only comes on a couple of times!!
The converse side is that you drive a Shed and get into a normal car and you truly revel in the lack of suspension knocks, no will it won't it thoughts, NVH that is several generations above the Shed, and the power, and the smoothness, and then you get to a stty car park and wish you were in the Shed. biggrin
I think that's why breakdown cover is an essential expense while shedding, you never know when you might need it!! laugh

Mrtank

3 posts

1 month

Thursday 21st May
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I've got nearly 20year old shed Toyota. Great, never had any problems. Only issue is I've got to drive across Europe during summer. Finding something more fresh seems really difficult with my budget (6k).. Car prices are going up!! Other option is drive the shed and if it breaks down just leave it on the side of the road??

magpie215

2,976 posts

143 months

Thursday 21st May
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Took the Galaxy out today.......its not turned a wheel for about 7 weeks.

Been keeping the battery topped up...

Surprisingly no issues or niggles apart from rusty brakes........thats sorted now :-)

matchmaker

6,948 posts

154 months

Thursday 21st May
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My Octavia is now into shed territory - I've had it from new and it's now 16 years old with 186,000 miles on the clock. I'm rather attached to it, so think I'll hold on to it for now. The steering rack unfortunately decided to spring a leak last week and the hydraulic fluid consumption is therefore about 2 miles/litre!

A rebuilt rack (£130) arrived today but I can't get it into a garage until next week. At one time I'd have done it myself, but at 62 years old lying on my back in a lane under a car is now out of the question.