The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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ajprice

18,417 posts

153 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Not sure where the best place is for this as it's an old Nova but in decent condition and isn't shed price.

Vauxhall Nova 1.3 SR on a Collecting Cars auction that ends tomorrow night. The current bid is... £7000!
https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1986-vauxhall-...

What was the new list price of that in 1986?

W00DY

12,492 posts

183 months

Wednesday 8th July
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PrinceRupert said:
Just booked my £600 Rover in for a £560 cambelt and water pump change.

Not very shed, but figured it was worth it for peace of mind that it doesn't snap on our staycation to Wales, plus a bit of man maths - cheapest 2.5 v6 on autotrader is still more than £600 + 560 (plus the price of the service and plugs), plus it is low mileage.
It's a dilemma. You're invested now and any new issues weigh against your sunk cost, but equally if you're confident in the car then it's not a big spend over a couple of years.


My Golf is coming up to cambelt time (next 6 months or so) and probably wants a new DMF and DPF clean too.Or do I sell now and get something else.

Joey Deacon

2,655 posts

133 months

Wednesday 8th July
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ajprice said:
Not sure where the best place is for this as it's an old Nova but in decent condition and isn't shed price.

Vauxhall Nova 1.3 SR on a Collecting Cars auction that ends tomorrow night. The current bid is... £7000!
https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1986-vauxhall-...

What was the new list price of that in 1986?
£5199 in 1984 apparently.

PrinceRupert

8,557 posts

42 months

Wednesday 8th July
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W00DY said:
It's a dilemma. You're invested now and any new issues weigh against your sunk cost, but equally if you're confident in the car then it's not a big spend over a couple of years.


My Golf is coming up to cambelt time (next 6 months or so) and probably wants a new DMF and DPF clean too.Or do I sell now and get something else.
In all honesty, if it was just over a little on time but not miles, I'd risk it, but given I have no history, it could be on its original belt for I know even though it remains under on miles. There is a long and funny debate on the Rover forums about whether or not you need to change the belts on time but not miles - one chap who changed his after 19 years adamant you didn't need too, others not so sure. I just figure that with the belts done, it must be worth a bit more than £600, so even if I sell it in 12 months time, i shouldn't be massively out of pocket - and so it is worth it for peace of mind.

MrGTI6

1,768 posts

87 months

Wednesday 8th July
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PrinceRupert said:
Just booked my £600 Rover in for a £560 cambelt and water pump change.

Not very shed, but figured it was worth it for peace of mind that it doesn't snap on our staycation to Wales, plus a bit of man maths - cheapest 2.5 v6 on autotrader is still more than £600 + 560 (plus the price of the service and plugs), plus it is low mileage.
You've effectively bought a 75 V6 with a new cam belt for £1200. You'll feel a lot more relaxed driving the car knowing that it's done. Money well spent.

PrinceRupert

8,557 posts

42 months

Wednesday 8th July
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MrGTI6 said:
You've effectively bought a 75 V6 with a new cam belt for £1200. You'll feel a lot more relaxed driving the car knowing that it's done. Money well spent.
Indeed :-)

It turns out the UK's pre-eminent 75 specialist's garage is 17 minutes away from our staycation accommodation in Wales in August ...

Do I risk a five hour drive on the current belt to get him to do the work (plus give the car a once over and let me know what else might need done)? Knowing my luck it would snap on the M25 biglaugh

bearman68

2,874 posts

89 months

Wednesday 8th July
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My experience is that belts will snap due to over time, but it's not a big risk - 20 or 30% is fine, double is pushing it.
I have tended to find that the mileage limit is more critical.
I removed a Pug camblet once that had split lengthways along the belt, and had frayed the one half. This was about 3k over mileage limit, and must have been very very close to letting go.

PrinceRupert

8,557 posts

42 months

Wednesday 8th July
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bearman68 said:
My experience is that belts will snap due to over time, but it's not a big risk - 20 or 30% is fine, double is pushing it.
I have tended to find that the mileage limit is more critical.
I removed a Pug camblet once that had split lengthways along the belt, and had frayed the one half. This was about 3k over mileage limit, and must have been very very close to letting go.
My concern is I don't know how old the cambelt is - it could be 19 years old. Even though it only has 55k miles on the clock, with a 90k interval.

Mr-B

2,587 posts

151 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Joey Deacon said:
Captain Answer said:
CJ1 said:
I have sinned, I am swapping my shed for a new lease Renault Megane R.S....

If anyone’s interested in my Shed don’t hesitate to contact me. It’s a 2005 330i with £10,500 of extras. Comes with loads of paperwork and it’s original sales invoice from Barons Hindhead BMW for £38,000 in 2005!
Did you get the ABS sorted tho?
This isn't Facebook Marketplace where the aim is to put as little information about the car as possible! Colour? Auto/Manual? Mileage?
wavey Yeah, wot he said ears plus pics.

James_N

2,209 posts

191 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Krikkit said:
If the rear beam is solid then I'd keep it as long as you can - doesn't get much simpler than a 1.1 106!

Does it have a sunroof?

A couple of easy leak points to check are that the heater inlet under the wiper cover isn't full of crap, and the aerial in the roof. On the latter it's a doddle as you can pull the interior light unit out and it's right there for inspection. If the aerial is leaking just buy a new one rather than trying to bodge it with silicon, it never lasts.
Its sound underneath, chassis in very good condition. It has obviously leaked for some time as there is small evidence of mould on the rear seats. It leaked pretty badly after buying it but after sealing the sunroof with gaffa tape, the leaks have stopped in the boot, and there is only small evidence of leaks into the front footwells in really heavy rain, which leads me to believe it is the sunroof / drain holes. I have no idea how to get to the drain holes though!

And yes it also leaks through the ariel. I have seen a video on youtube of someone sealing that leak with silicone! but if a new ariel will fix the problem, i'll just plump for that option i think! but yes body work is good, no rust (that i can see anyway!) and no evidence of any issues on prior MOTs (a main reason why i purchased it to be honest, i needed some really cheap wheels, and this came up a few miles away with a clean MOT history and cheap, so i went for it!)

I have stuck to shed rules so far and only purchased what is absolutely nesessary. New wipers at a few quid, a new dipstick as the one one had snapped off at the end, and 2 new tyres. Thats been it in 6 months of motoring. Not bad really for a £250 motor and you don't get much for that money. I'm actually quite fond of it, I just worry that wet footwells will equal rust, but i guess as long as i get a few years out of it, it wont be so bad.

/edit - looking on ebay, you can get the ariel, but not the bit that it mounts on to, which is where i assume water is coming in?

/edit 2 - maybe i should just chuck it in for an MOT soon (was due 1st May but got the covid extension. If it passes that, then spend a few quid on a service and investigating leaks maybe

Edited by James_N on Wednesday 8th July 21:44


Edited by James_N on Wednesday 8th July 21:47

CX53

2,370 posts

67 months

Wednesday 8th July
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203030427803


Another nice shed, good matching Michelin tyres and working aircon, seems to have been well cared for.

James_N

2,209 posts

191 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Another good thing about running a shed is, when middle aged lady reversed her 4x4 straight into the back of my 106 tonight at the shops, i just waved a hand, reassured her it was fine and that there was no damage, and we were both on our way biggrin she went from stressed and flapping to relieved in about 2 seconds!

bearman68

2,874 posts

89 months

Wednesday 8th July
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CX53 said:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203030427803


Another nice shed, good matching Michelin tyres and working aircon, seems to have been well cared for.
These older Volvos seem superbly built. Just driven mine 53 miles home (S60 on a 2004 plate with 155k D5), and not a squeak or a rattle from the interior trim. I'm actually surprised at how well it handled on some twistys too.
Mine looks to be absolutely superb for £750. Really pleased.

Sheepshanks

21,251 posts

76 months

Wednesday 8th July
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CX53 said:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203030427803


Another nice shed, good matching Michelin tyres and working aircon, seems to have been well cared for.
A trader (of sorts) selling it - wonder what it cost him?

Bonefish Blues

16,044 posts

180 months

Thursday 9th July
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CX53 said:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203030427803


Another nice shed, good matching Michelin tyres and working aircon, seems to have been well cared for.
As close to a shed no-brainer as I can recall seeing.

bearman68

2,874 posts

89 months

Thursday 9th July
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Bonefish Blues said:
As close to a shed no-brainer as I can recall seeing.
84k miles - with what looks like a good history. That's going to last for another 10 years with no worries (except ball joints)

Bonefish Blues

16,044 posts

180 months

Thursday 9th July
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bearman68 said:
Bonefish Blues said:
As close to a shed no-brainer as I can recall seeing.
84k miles - with what looks like a good history. That's going to last for another 10 years with no worries (except ball joints)
My Volvo Specialist runs a loaner fleet of this kind of thing - typically with triple the mileage on them (at least).

Monkeylegend

19,365 posts

188 months

Thursday 9th July
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Why not just shake the crud off the front drivers side carpet though before taking the photo.

Bonefish Blues

16,044 posts

180 months

Thursday 9th July
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Why bother? It'll sell all day at that money with that history from a dealer.

Monkeylegend

19,365 posts

188 months

Thursday 9th July
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I know but I hate seeing dirty carpets, and he could have wiped the sill cover as well smile