The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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PrinceRupert

8,939 posts

43 months

Sunday 5th July
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Mexman said:
One for the bad driving thread?
Certainly not for the good driving thread!

Mexman

2,442 posts

42 months

Sunday 5th July
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Ahh well, st happens, annoying as it is, its life.
Hopefully it'll clean up OK, repost a pic once you have had a go at it.

Davie

3,220 posts

173 months

Sunday 5th July
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Still shedding here...

Wife's old Volvo V50 diesel has done the lions share of the miles over the past few months and my love for shows no end. Now nudging up towards 225,000 miles and seems fine, damn sight better than my past and present "real" Volvos. Granted it wore a tyre prematurely but my fault for being lazy with the alignment post track rod end renewal so have ordered another couple of Cross Climates for it. Bar that, it needs filters doing again soon and it's got a wee brake wobble manifesting but no biggie. Washed it last week, first time since February but then realised it looks better under a layer of filth.

My sisters equally old V50 petrol is doing all that's asked of it, ie being a no f*cks given cheap estate to cart around their new baby without worrying about the car too much. It's wanted for nothing so thus far, as far as spending £500 goes it's been ok. Granted it's developed a slight weep at the master cylinder but it's just a pipe / union and sadly some oaf has rounded the nut off... however, Volvo in their wisdom made that section joint at an inline connector at the bulkhead so local scrappy and £1 later, that's that job resolved.

My V70 D5... the holy grail with its facelift styling, Euro 3 engine and manual box hasn't found much love with me. It's an ok tool but of late just seems to be endlessly needing attention and soon as one thing is fixed, something else fails soon after. Granted at 250,000 miles there's no shame in it but it's getting a bit tedious and given it was a short term plan that has been extended thanks to Covid 19... plus the fact we've got No.2 child due very soon and a house move looming and having added up everything it needs to pass another MOT and also be safe, reliable and not too shabby family transport for the foreseeable future... I've cracked and after a few weeks of browsing, debating, swithering and a couple of failed attempts to buy a slightly fresher P2 V70, I've since pulled the trigger on a much newer P3 XC70 so the V70 is going.

Good... three sheds are just too much hassle so looking forward to having something a little less tired and baggy for family duties / for the wife to mow down more wildlife with and then I'll run the V50 as a cheap, zero f*cks second car for work and taking the family antiques to the tip or let the dog eat it... note to self: must get a dog.

Keep up the good work gents!

bearman68

2,881 posts

90 months

Sunday 5th July
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Just off to look at a new shed this afternoon. Having hired out my own V50 D5 manual, (see previous posts) I now do not have a car other than an MR2. Much as I love the Toyota, it's hard to imagine a less practical car.
I've spotted a S60 D5 Euro 3 with the manual box. Just had the cam belt done, plus a Dual mass and clutch. It's quite old on an 2004, and priced at 850. I'm hoping a bit of haggling will get it a bit cheaper, as it's been on Gumtree for a while without selling.
Nevertheless, cruise, heated leather and air con that works, and the seats should make it an acceptable old shed I hope. If this bloody C19 and the weather, ever lifts in Wales, it might well be the camping car in a few weeks.
Does break the No1 shed rule though - £30 a year to tax.

aaron_2000

3,989 posts

41 months

Sunday 5th July
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mercedeslimos said:
aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly. Still pretty faultless so far, done nearly 2k in it already without any real issues other than a slow puncture, I'll probably look to swap the wheels for some E Class AMG wheels eventually. I've abandoned my plan to sell it after a few months, I decided I'll likely just keep it a few years unless something tempts me heavily. Very happy so far, not bad for £850.




Personally I'd have sent that back or had the cost of the plates taken off the bill. Couldn't hack that in any shape or form. There are 4 bolts on a Mercedes in exactly the same dimensions on every car. We fit new plates to new coaches all the time and we have a template to make sure that the holes in the plate for the bolts (not screws, proper bolts) line up absolutely perfect.

Can't unsee that now!
I can't even fit black/white caps over the screws because they're too big. It was pissing it down so I didn't really bother checking as I assumed they'd do a decent job, I can live with it but I won't go back to them in future. They insisted on fitting them, otherwise I would've just done it myself. Fair enough it's a cheap old barge, but a good job shouldn't depend on the value of the car, especially when I saw they'd fitted them properly to the god awful CLA's in the car park biggrin

PrinceRupert

8,939 posts

43 months

Sunday 5th July
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So I just went at the damaged Rover with this...














It looks not bad!





If you get close you can still see some scratches and once it is clean I suspect it will be quite obvious where I have polished versus where I haven't. I had to use the tool quite aggressively to get it all off. But better than it was before! Bit of t cut scratch magic on the deep gouges on wheel arch and bob is your auntie.

bearman68

2,881 posts

90 months

Sunday 5th July
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bearman68 said:
Just off to look at a new shed this afternoon. Having hired out my own V50 D5 manual, (see previous posts) I now do not have a car other than an MR2. Much as I love the Toyota, it's hard to imagine a less practical car.
I've spotted a S60 D5 Euro 3 with the manual box. Just had the cam belt done, plus a Dual mass and clutch. It's quite old on an 2004, and priced at 850. I'm hoping a bit of haggling will get it a bit cheaper, as it's been on Gumtree for a while without selling.
Nevertheless, cruise, heated leather and air con that works, and the seats should make it an acceptable old shed I hope. If this bloody C19 and the weather, ever lifts in Wales, it might well be the camping car in a few weeks.
Does break the No1 shed rule though - £30 a year to tax.
And bought.
£750 for a decent condition (immaculate on the inside) car with fantastic service history, new tyres, and a tow bar.

Happy days

JeremyH5

571 posts

93 months

Sunday 5th July
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bearman68 said:
bearman68 said:
Just off to look at a new shed this afternoon. Having hired out my own V50 D5 manual, (see previous posts) I now do not have a car other than an MR2. Much as I love the Toyota, it's hard to imagine a less practical car.
I've spotted a S60 D5 Euro 3 with the manual box. Just had the cam belt done, plus a Dual mass and clutch. It's quite old on an 2004, and priced at 850. I'm hoping a bit of haggling will get it a bit cheaper, as it's been on Gumtree for a while without selling.
Nevertheless, cruise, heated leather and air con that works, and the seats should make it an acceptable old shed I hope. If this bloody C19 and the weather, ever lifts in Wales, it might well be the camping car in a few weeks.
Does break the No1 shed rule though - £30 a year to tax.
And bought.
£750 for a decent condition (immaculate on the inside) car with fantastic service history, new tyres, and a tow bar.

Happy days
Today’s winner! Well done that man.

rider73

918 posts

35 months

Monday 6th July
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aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly.
pretty much my experience with Merc Dealers (albiet in the liverpool / manchester area) every time i went - you should see the crap paint job they did on my wings..............

aaron_2000

3,989 posts

41 months

Monday 6th July
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rider73 said:
aaron_2000 said:
I got the plates done and treated it to a detail. Not happy with the Merc garage, they just drilled through the old plates instead of checking where the holes are, so these are crooked and held in with wood screws which I wouldn't usually care about if not for the fact that I took it to a Merc dealer, would've at least expected it to be done properly.
pretty much my experience with Merc Dealers (albiet in the liverpool / manchester area) every time i went - you should see the crap paint job they did on my wings..............
Gonna give the service manager a call this week if I can be arsed, which I probably can't. My experience of dealers is the same as it was for my parents, unanimously terrible. When my mum had her Touareg hit into, I drove it down to the VW dealer for a quote only for the service manager to tell me he doesn't want to waste his time doing it if it wasn't gonna be booked in immediately, it's why I prefer going to a specialist to have work done.

PartOfTheProblem

1,899 posts

129 months

Monday 6th July
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PrinceRupert said:
So I just went at the damaged Rover with this...
Great result. A bit of touch up paint and you are sorted. This really is one of the benefits of running at this end of the market! No faffing around with insurance companies, excesses, increased premiums, booking in for repairs, courtesy cars etc. Just an hour polishing and touching up and move on with your life!

If it's someone elses fault march them to a cash point for £300 and put it in the pot for the next one. Love it.

aaron_2000

3,989 posts

41 months

Monday 6th July
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I was an inch away from having the Merc written off today, I was annoyed that they corrected their lane change though, the car is valued at £3k and I would've been quids in if they hit me laugh

Majorslow

767 posts

87 months

Monday 6th July
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For an unknown reason my V70 was "keyed" on Saturday from front nearside door to rear wing.....It's 21 years old, this would have sent me into a rage even a few months before finding this thread. I still love my Ovlov, so how to try and buff it out?

what do you suggest I buy to try and clean it up? a rottary thingy on a drill? and what to get?....my wife uses it as her daily, and likes it, so going to be around a while yet (we want to get it to 300k on original clutch currently on 246k miles)

CX53

2,395 posts

68 months

Monday 6th July
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If its been keyed you probably won't be able to just polish it out, might be worth getting a touch up pen and then polishing to blend it in

dgswk

404 posts

52 months

Tuesday 7th July
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May have come across potential new-to-me shed. Skoda Fabia, 1.2 diesel 3cyl, 2012, 150k miles, some independant service history, 2 owners.

Chap at work "yeah, me car looks like its dead, needs new exhaust, clutch on its way out, discs, pads, three new tyres and the tracking. MOT in Sept which it wont pass". Been quoted £800 for the work. Sounds like it shouldnt be on the road now TBH. Anyway, he's on about chopping it in for £500 against a new VW van.

Got 1st refusal. Said I'd give him £600 and take the problem off his hands and have a few weeks of MOT to get it sorted.

Got cruise control and 65mpg. Happy days?



James_N

2,220 posts

192 months

Tuesday 7th July
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James_N said:
I'm in the £50 valuation from WBAC too biggrin
Just had an email to say my offer has increased to £225 biggrin happy days! Still wont though!

Joey Deacon

2,727 posts

134 months

Tuesday 7th July
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dgswk said:
May have come across potential new-to-me shed. Skoda Fabia, 1.2 diesel 3cyl, 2012, 150k miles, some independant service history, 2 owners.

Chap at work "yeah, me car looks like its dead, needs new exhaust, clutch on its way out, discs, pads, three new tyres and the tracking. MOT in Sept which it wont pass". Been quoted £800 for the work. Sounds like it shouldnt be on the road now TBH. Anyway, he's on about chopping it in for £500 against a new VW van.

Got 1st refusal. Said I'd give him £600 and take the problem off his hands and have a few weeks of MOT to get it sorted.

Got cruise control and 65mpg. Happy days?
Definitely, 2012 is basically brand new in shed land. I would imagine Brakes, Tyres and an Exhaust are pretty cheap for these? Road tax £30 a year?

I personally would rip his hand off for £600.

tomble22

484 posts

86 months

Tuesday 7th July
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Ha, I had the same e-mail but up to £265!! It'll be staying for a while yet though!!

Joey Deacon

2,727 posts

134 months

Tuesday 7th July
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tomble22 said:
Ha, I had the same e-mail but up to £265!! It'll be staying for a while yet though!!
I have just had the same email, but mine is up to £465 now.!!

dgswk

404 posts

52 months

Tuesday 7th July
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Joey Deacon said:
Definitely, 2012 is basically brand new in shed land. I would imagine Brakes, Tyres and an Exhaust are pretty cheap for these? Road tax £30 a year?

I personally would rip his hand off for £600.
Yeah, might even extend to £750. Known the chap for a while, sure he drives Ms Daisy for a part-time job and its probably full of sand, he's a surfer. Dont think its even £30, a year. If it costs me £1500 all in with a 12 month ticket, no advisories, I can sell my Audi shed which I was recently offered £2400(!) for and pocket a grand. And get an extra 10-15mpgs.